We’ve been out of school for a week. ONE WEEK. Already my kids have had moments when they pull the ‘I’m Bored’ card. Luckily there were so many great ideas in my original 75+ Summer Activities post for me to look to – but why stop there? Y’all loved that list so much, I decided to share 75+ MORE Summer Activities! Plenty of fun kid activities, crafts, family games and even delish summer snacks you can all enjoy.
Don’t have the budget to swing an expensive vacation this summer? Even though Disneyland, cruises, and road trips are super fun, for the normal person it’s just not practical to splurge on one every single year. It’s still nice to have some type of family vacation, though, right? Well, here’s the list to save your vacation woes…Over 100 Budget-Saving Staycation Ideas!
Yesterday was Wonder Woman’s last day of 2nd grade, so our house is on ‘official’ summer break mode. Seriously, WHY do kids go crazy the DAY it’s summer break? Do they have a switch? Whatever it is, I do find it slightly annoying. Anywho…since we’re trying our hardest to get out of debt, we’re putting the big N-O to any big vacation plans this year. I don’t want to do NOTHING, though, so went on the search for some awesome Staycation Ideas. This list of over 100 ideas will have us spending plenty of staycation time together, and I’m sure there’s something perfect for your family, too!
Here’s 25 Awesome Staycation Ideas over at Living Well Spending Less
The Extreme Coupon Professors have 100 Staycation Ideas for Your Summer Fun
Six Sisters’ Stuff shared these 30 Cheap Staycation Ideas, and they’re fabulous!
Forbes has a list of 16 Things To Do On a Staycation that’ll help get your brainstorming going
My family (and sometimes just Hubby and I) will surely enjoy some of these 123 Amazing Staycation Ideas from the lovely Dating Divas
What better way to relax and enjoy yourself than with these 22 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Staycation Resort from This Old House?!
Have you done any Staycations in the past that you absolutely loved? Please share in the comments below!
School’s out for the summer – excuse me while I feel a bit crazy with both excitement AND worry! I’m looking forward to more time with them, less rushed mornings, creating our OWN schedules, and plenty of family adventures. I’m also a bit nervous about the ‘I’m bored’ phrase that I know will occur far too often. That, along with ‘I’m hungry’, of course! Luckily we’ve got plenty of delicious recipes for kids with these 50+ Cool Summer Snacks!
Whether you’re a fan of popsicles or ice cream, slushies or lemonade, we’ve got plenty of great summer treat recipes for you to try out! They’re also really ‘cool’, so your kids will happily enjoy them 🙂
Cool Summer Snacks
Banana Split Bites from Our Family of Seven
Summer is ending! Not really ready for winter but before the end, let’s go out strong by doing Summer Science Ending with a BANG!
Adult supervision recommended. Please use good judgement and safety precautions for this exploding watermelon experiment.
Watermelons are a very popular summer treat and I absolutely love them! Well what’s even better than eating a watermelon? Making one explode! When I was first told about this experiment I thought no way and it’s not going to be cool at all, well I was wrong this experiment is intense and exciting and has you on your toes wondering when it’ll blow, how big is it going to get, and how many rubber bands? Yes you will needs lots of rubber bands and not small ones we had several that were too small and just broke trying to get it over the watermelon.
So yes this is definitely an outside experiment and be prepared to have watermelon all over your yard but trust me, it is completely worth it. Summer Science Ending with a BANG! Is an experiment you can do several times and still be amazed, each watermelon does something different so it always keeps you on your toes.
Pick out a watermelon from the store; it doesn’t have to be the perfect one just a watermelon. You will also need a couple big bags of rubber bands; I got mine at Wal-Mart and they are only a few bucks each.
Grab a bucket or a table and dump out your rubber bands so they are easily accessible. You also might want gloves if you are putting on the rubber bands.
Place the watermelon on the ground or some kind of stand so it is upright and not falling over all the time.
Stretch rubber bands over the watermelon so they wrap around the center of the melon. We stretched usually 4-5 rubber bands at a time. Place more on.
. . . . and more. . . .
. . . . and more. . . .
It will start to bulge on the ends but it still takes more rubber bands. The watermelon will start to leak juice or even crack. Once the crack gets about 2-3 inches long stand back and it will just pop or do something weird like ours and pop its top then explode! enter video here
Who doesn’t want to play with food, especially kids? With these fun little experiments the kids can eat (most of them) and also see some fun reactions with these fun Summer Science Food experiments.
These experiments do take a little time anywhere between an hour to a week or two but are totally worth it! The smore’s activity is really fun especially for kids to see how to use solar oven and the heat to make food. Now if you’re like me having completely melted chocolate is not how I like my smore’s but the activity was fun to see the marshmallows get soft and the chocolate melt.
Gummy bears have always been a fun treat for me, they’re fruity and gummy and shaped like cute little bears. Soaking gummy bears in 7up and making them bigger of course I’m up for that! With this experiment it shows osmosis or in basic terms the gummy bears absorbing the 7up while still maintaining its form. This is also a great recipe to make a flavored 7up or add some excitement to kids drinks this summer.
- Gummy bears
- Put gummy bears into a bowl and cover with 7up.
- Leave overnight or at least a couple hours.
- Drain gummy bears and see how they’ve grown.
- Put gummy bears and 7up in ice cube trays, freeze.
- Once frozen put the ice cubes in 7up and have a fun drink.
Wiggly worms are all over the side walk during rain storms and wiggle all over. With this fun little experiment we will make colorful worms wiggle around in a glass. This experiment does take a little patience. Gummy worms also come way too big so slicing them into fourths helps make them lighter and more able to float around so this will require some adult help.
- Gummy worms
- 4 tablespoons Baking soda
- 1 cup Warm Water
- 2 cups Vinegar
- 2 clear glasses
- Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda into 1 cup warm water.
- Cut gummy worms into 4 thin slices and place in the baking soda water solution. Let sit for about a half hour.
- Pour vinegar into another clear glass.
- With a fork fish out some worms and place in vinegar. Bubbles should form and the worms will start to pop up and wiggle around. Only put in 4 pieces otherwise they’re too heavy and it won’t work.
Who doesn’t love Smore’s especially in Summer? I love Smore’s and while I rather my chocolate frozen on my smore this experiment was fun watching the marshmallows get soft and the chocolate melt. Pick a really hot day and show your kids how to make a solar oven to make delicious treats.
- box with a lid
- saran wrap
- tin foil
- grahm crackers
- line the box with tin foil on the bottom of the lid and the whole inside.
- tape the lid so it stands up and slightly hangs over to close but not closed, the idea is to catch the sun and direct it down into the box.
- place your grahm cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate on the bottom of the box stacked like a smore.
- cover the box with saran wrap.
- leave out in direct sun hitting the lid and opening until chocolate is melted. Enjoy!
There’s quite a few things that make me think ‘summer’, and one delicious thing on that list is kabobs. Seriously, I LOVE a good kabob! Variety, grilling, and a great fun way to let the kids ‘help’ make their own dinner. Win! I especially love it when I find a delicious marinade for them, and today I’m sharing my absolute favorite: Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette Kabobs!
We don’t have a normal grill. I know, that’s insane, but we don’t. We do have a little countertop electric grill I got Hubby our first Christmas together (and it still works…amazing!), so that’s what we use for now. It’s just not the same, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that by next summer we can be enjoying a REAL grill for delicious foods like this!
The marinade on these kabobs is super easy (add ingredients and blend….can’t get much easier than that!) and is so delicious! You can even use it for a yummy salad dressing, if you want. These kabobs become so juicy and full of flavor when you add the Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette, you’ll be making them again and again!
Ingredients – Marinade
- 1-2 cups Sundried Tomatoes
- 1/4 cup Red Win Vinegar
- 1 tbsp. Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp. Basil
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
Directions – Marinade
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until it’s well combined.
- Ya, it’s that easy!
- Choose your items you want for your kabobs. Some ideas may be: Chicken or beef, peppers (green, yellow, red, orange), mushrooms, pineapple, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, onions, etc. Get creative and mix it up!
- Use a basting brush to spread the Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette all over your food on the kabobs (or before putting them on, doesn’t really matter). Grill (or bake at 350 Degrees F) until meat is fully cooked through.
- Enjoy this lick-your-fingers-good meal!!!
Summer Science Oobleck! Is it a solid or a liquid? Oobleck is the most unique and entertaining substance you will ever play with. It’s a solid and a liquid and provides entertainment for hours! With just a few simple ingredients your kids will have a blast playing with this funny mess of Summer Science OOBLECK!
This week we will be doing Summer Science Oobleck! No there is not a huge lesson with this but talk with your kids about solids and liquids. Ask them before you make it what they think it will be like. Summer Science Oobleck is about asking questions and making predictions on outcomes while also making a fun mess. Ask them questions like what else goes from a solid to a liquid or liquid to solid?
If you have a little bit older kids you can try explaining Oobleck to them. Oobleck is considered a non-Newtonian fluid, which means it is a liquid whose viscosity changes depending on the amount of pressure. Viscosity is a word that measures the friction in a liquid and defines how fast or slow a liquid flows. Most liquids like water and honey have a consistent viscosity because they will flow the same no matter what pressure is applied. Oobleck is different because if you squeeze it it will form a solid but if left alone it will run off your fingers like a liquid. Because it changes from a liquid to a solid and back it is considered a non-Newtonian fluid.
What you will need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 ½ – 2 cups corn starch
- Food coloring (optional)
- Pour water into a bowl.
- Put a few drops of food coloring in if you want.
- Dump in about 1 cup corn starch and mix, it is easiest to mix with your hands.
- Slowly add more corn starch in until your oobleck is stiff when you try to roll it in your hands. I used slightly under 2 cups.
- Play! Try making a ball out of it, splash it around, smack it, drip it, have your kids play around with oobleck trying to figure out why it is a solid sometimes and a liquid others.
Ready for more science and lots more fun? I hope so summer is still young. Summer Science Air & Gas Week 2 brings you some more information with more experiments that are sure to thrill your kids and even you.
Once again with these experiments some are out door activities because they will make a mess, although with this week there are a couple that are great for indoors by chance you have a rainy day. Remember use these experiments to not only have fun but also to help teach your kids to keep them learning all summer and keep checking back as we post new Summer Science Experiments each week.
Gases in the Air
Can you put out a candle without blowing on it or touching it? Because air is a mixture of gases that we can’t see this experiment helps show what the gases in the air can do. The gas in this experiment is called oxygen which is very important and is used when we burn things or produce energy.
- Colored water
- Glass jar
- Candle holder (I didn’t have one so I just used a small pot that raised the candle up a little bit)
- Place the candle on the holder and then place it in the bowl.
- Pour some water into the bowl, it doesn’t have to be full but probably about half
- Carefully light the candle and see how big the flame is.
- Place the jar over the candle putting it straight down.
- The water level will rise in the jar and the flame will go out.
- The flame that we lit uses oxygen gas and since we placed the jar on it it used up the oxygen in there and so it had nothing to help it burn so it suffocated, the water rose up to replace the oxygen in the jar and the remaining gas in the jar is called nitrogen.
This experiment wasn’t very informational but my husband and I had fun fighting the wind to make it work. Air is not weightless, even though it is light it can be heavy. With this experiment you can show that air has some weight to it.
- Balloon pump
- Two tacks
- Two balloons
- Rubber band
- Long piece of wood
- Using the ruler find the center of the wood piece and mark it with the pencil.
- Carefully push the two pins into each side of the mark you made.
- Tie the thread to the middle of your rubber band.
- Fix the loops of the rubber band around the pins and lift the wood by the thread, it should balance.
- Tape a balloon on each end of the stick.
- The balloons should still balance.
- Take one balloon off and blow it up with air, then reattach it to the wood.
- The balloon that is blown up should weigh the wood piece down showing that air is heavy.
Warning: if you do this outside you will fight with wind like crazy, so this might be a great indoor activity.
I love volcanos, they are so fascinating! Show your kids some real pictures of volcanoes then go let them make one. Explain to you kids how a volcano works. A volcano has a long pipe that leads down from the top of the volcano to a deep underground cave. There is melted rock or lava, and very hot gases that are stored down in that cave. The pressure from these gases and melted rock sometimes force up the pipe to the surface. The lava erupts from the volcano and flows down the volcano where it will cool and become solid. Because the lava comes up and cools it will help build the volcano to be taller and bigger. You can build a volcano a couple different ways, I had access to a sand box so I just made it in there but didn’t dye the water so I didn’t stain the sand. You can also make it in a dish with sand or dirt and dye the water to show the color of lava.
- Bottle (I used an empty franks red hot sauce bottle, if its narrow necked it shoots up better)
- Baking soda
- Put about 1/3 cup baking soda into your bottle.
- Make a hole and place the bottle and build up the sand around it to look like a volcano but don’t cover the hole in the bottle.
- Carefully pour the vinegar into the bottle and watch the volcano erupt! Ours we poured some vinegar in about 3 different times but after that it was done.
We feel the wind every day but do you know where the wind is coming from? Knowing the direction of wind can be important because it can change and affect the weather. We can make a wind vane to see the wind’s direction.
- Long pin/tack
- Modeling clay
- Pot with a plastic lid
- Drinking straw
- Pencil with an eraser
- Colored paper
- With the pencil make a hole in the middle of the lid of the pot and push the sharp end into the hole so the eraser stays up.
- Using the ruler and colored paper cut out four small triangles and two large ones. About 3 inches on the large ones and 2 inches on the small ones.
- Roll up a piece of tape and tape the four small triangles to the outer edge of the pot so they represent north, east, south, west and point in that direction. (I wrote the directions on the paper as well)
- At the end of the straw cut short slits to insert the two large triangles. Push one triangle point end into the straw and the base of the other to be the pointer.
- Carefully push the pin through the center of the straw and then into the eraser of the pencil.
- Spin the straw a few times to make sure it moves easily.
- Make a ring of the modeling clay and press the pot into it so it is stable and won’t blow away.
- Place you wind vane outside on a table or chair and watch the wind vane turn and show you the direction of the wind. The direction of the wind is the direction from where it comes from, so if you straw points to the north the wind is blowing north.
We already know when vinegar and baking soda are combined we can make a volcano erupt or make gases to fill a balloon but what happens if they’re in a confined space? This experiment will show how strong these gases can become. This experiment can be very fun but be careful with it because with the pressure in the bottles it can pop early, although it doesn’t hurt if it’s just in your hand it can still be dangerous. This experiment can also be done in a gallon plastic bag although I didn’t do the plastic bag because I felt like the bottles worked better. These pictures also suck because it was hard to time them.
Warning: this experiment is messy and needs a parent to help with.
- Empty water bottles
- ¼ cup water
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- 3 tsp baking soda
- Food coloring
- Put water and vinegar into the bottle and dye a different color if you want.
- In the center of the tissue put the baking soda. Carefully roll up into a long roll and fold in the ends (you will need to fit it into the bottle but make sure the baking soda isn’t going to fall into the liquid right away) (if doing a plastic bag skip to step 7)
- Carefully push in the tissue to the bottle so it’s almost all the way in but not dropped to the bottom. (we don’t want it to touch the liquid yet)
- Put the lid on not tight but a little loose.
- Hurry and shake up and down really fast but only about 3 times and throw high up in the air and away from you.
- POP! Sometimes it will pop in the air or explode on the ground!
- Plastic bag, seal the bag almost all the way except for a couple inches to put the tissue in.
- Drop the tissue into the bag and seal immediately. Drop bag onto ground.
- The bag should expand, once it is expanded to pretty much max, pick it up and throw it high and far and it will explode on the ground.
Make sure to check back next week to learn about Water & Liquids with super fun experiments to keep everyone learning and never bored this summer.
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The school year is rough – late nights, homework, packing lunches and rushed mornings. But as crazy as it is, the summer is downright insane! You’ve got camps, family visits, extra dance or sports, pool days, picnics, kids home All. Day. Long! Well, all day BESIDES when you’re running a million different directions with everything going on. It’s not even July yet, and I’m feeling a little beaten. But after some stubbornness and determination on my part, this is how I’m getting Ready to Kick Summer’s Butt! You heard that right – I’m ready to tackle whatever summer wants to throw at me! Now we’re doing dance twice a week instead of once? Got it. Dogs need a little extra attention and vet visits? Done. Last minute work trip for 3 days? No problem. Here are my 5 tips for a successful summer to help any other crazy mommas out there!
#1: Fake it Until You Make it I think I want to make this my new motto, because you’ll be surprised the wonders it does! I love wearing yoga pants and going bra-less when I’m at home all day – but I’ll admit I feel much more ready and confident when I actually get dressed! That being said, I hate fancy shoes. You ladies that can rock those heels or designer flats – double thumbs up because this unbalanced gal just can’t do it. I don’t feel comfortable or confident in them – but I’m planning to stock my closet with this Women’s Meditation Shooting Star Sandal because they are AMAZING. Comfortable – like I’m not even wearing shoes (the kind of comfort yoga pants give you!), sturdy so I don’t have to worry about whether I’m chasing kids at the park, racing through the grocery store with 4 kids in tow, lounging by the pool, or just waiting for the next dance lesson to be done. They’re sandals, but I feel totally confident in my appearance in them! Yes, I wear them to date night and will be wearing them at an upcoming work event because they help me feel THAT confident! Fake it ’till you make it – look ready, feel ready, be ready. I get totally nervous at work events or meetings, but act like I’m completely fine and know what I’m doing (half the time I have no clue). This helps it be successful! Such a silly thing, but it really works. Need some ideas? Instagram is awesome for that! #2: Put Your Best Foot Forward Okay, this can mean LITERALLY by wearing outfits and shoes that bring out your confidence, like discussed in #1 – but here I mean use your strengths to your advantage. Me, I’m a total list-maker. It’s annoying, but it IS one of my strengths. Instead of fighting it, I’m going with it and the lists are helping me manage this summer schedule of insanity my family has. For you, maybe your ‘best foot’ is talking – make friends and work out carpools. Chat in circles about tips for the best times for swim lessons or how to afford that summer camp. Perhaps your ‘best foot’ is cleaning – you’re nuts, and please come clean my house. No, really! Swap cleaning for babysitting or carpooling. Or it can even be cleaning your home so you FEEL more at peace and comfortable, even with all the hectic summer running around. #3: Reward Yourself You’re working hard, taking care of the family or job or the house. You’re running errands and handling appointments. Heck, you may even be in charge of the meals and shopping! You deserve a little reward – it can even be an incentive for some goals, or a little boost to get you through the week. Maybe it’s a pair of awesome new shoes from Famous Footwear – ones that will help you ‘put your best foot forward’ like in #2 and make you feel confident in your tasks like in #1. Maybe you’re earning a night out with the hubby, or a girl’s night to just be yourself and unwind with the ladies. You DESERVE a break! #4: Have Fun Summer is plenty of fun for the kids (despite the ‘I’m bored’ we hear constantly) with all their camps, activities, friends, parties, etc. – but it can and SHOULD be fun for you, too! Don’t be so focused on the errands and tasks at hand that you don’t enjoy yourself along the way. I’m not a big fan of swimming, but you can bet when we’re at the pool for the kids I’m having a fun time with them – soaking up the sun, laughing at their playing, just bringing out the best in it. We’re so busy, we forget to laugh. DON’T! Find the humor, the happy, the great moments. That’s what life’s about anyway, right? #5: It’s Okay to Say No You hear me right – it’s OKAY to say no. In some cases it’s encouraged! If you’re overwhelmed, exhausted or just can’t do another swim lesson – say no. It’s not the end of the world. You need to pick your priorities, and then arrange around THOSE. We were going to be doing swim lessons AND 3 extra dance lessons a week ON TOP OF everything we already had going on this summer. I took a good look at our situation and said ‘nope’ – well, it might have been a ‘heck nope’, but you get the idea. We’re already busy enough, we don’t need more. They’re fine without swim lessons right this second. And my Iron Man will be fine without starting dance lessons for a bit because we can’t commit to that many per week. You’re not Superwoman – you can’t do everything. Even if you could, doesn’t mean you should. Breathe, prioritize, and don’t be afraid of turning some things down so you can focus on what’s most important – your family, and YOUR health, too. This summer will go by and be crazy, fun, exhausting, exciting and memorable (hopefully in a good way). The point is it WILL GO BY, so don’t let it be so rushed that it isn’t worthwhile. And know that there’s a school year in site in a few short months to help! Let’s see what we can do to take the next few months and say ‘Hey Summer – I got this!’
Comment here and on @famousfootwear Twitter & Instagram what YOUR top shoe picks are that would help you put your ‘best foot forward’ and look/feel your best this summer!
Summer is here! I’m so excited for summer, warm weather, no school (not that I was in school or have any kids), but just the idea of summer and all the different activities you can do is amazing! Now those of you with kids let me help you out with some really fun weekly Summer Science experiments you can easily do with your kids so they continue learning (without feeling like they’re learning) and having a blast with new experiments they can do and have fun with for hours. To start the summer off we will do Summer Science Air and Gas!
With these Weekly Science Experiments I’ll include a little lesson that corresponds with the activities and multiple experiments that go along with that lesson to keep your kids engaged with learning. Now lets be honest, some of these experiments, I think you will have more fun with than your kids. I don’t have any kids but there’s a couple of these that my husband and I had a really fun date night with doing little science experiments so enjoy yourself, these are to be fun not only for your kids but for you too, they’re cheap, easy, (not always very clean so I recommend doing them outdoors), and your kids will remember these memories for years!
This week, and probably next week because there are so many experiments that you can do, we are going to talk about and play around with Summer Science Air & Gas!
Air is all around you, you can’t see it, but it has many different strengths and it is what keeps us alive. Animals, plants, and even you need air to live, we all breath it to survive. Air is needed to make fire, is used to make machines work, even aircrafts need it when they fly. Air is made up of “gases” or a substance that can change shape and “expand” or grow bigger to fill any shape or space it is in. When you ride your bike the air you pump into your tire takes the shape of the tire so you can ride it around.
Balloons have a gas in them called Helium; Helium is lighter than air which causes balloons to float in the air, because the Helium is in the balloon it will take the balloon up as high as it can go, you can get a balloon and let it go outside and it will float up until you can no longer see it.
Parachutes float through the air by having the air push upward against it so it will slowly and safely lower someone to the ground. Air is made up of two main gases, called nitrogen and oxygen, with small amounts of other gases.
Warning these experiments can be messy so do them outside instead of getting water all over your house.
Crush with air
Air is so strong it can crush a plastic bottle! You cannot feel air, but it presses against every surface, this is called “air pressure”.
You will need:
- Hot and cold water
- 2 liter empty pop bottle
- Stand the bottle upright in a bowl and pour the hot water into it. You don’t need to fill it all the way, I only fill it about 1/3 full.
- Screw the top on the bottle. Lay the bottle in the bowl and pour ice and cold water over it until the bowl is full, then stand the bottle up.
- In a minute the bottle will collapse! As the warm air inside of the bottle cools, it applies less pressure. The pressure of the air outside is stronger and crushes the bottle.
Seal with air
You can keep water from falling out of an upside down glass with just a small card like magic! Air pressure forces the card upward, against the glass, the pressure is strong enough to stop the weight of the water trying to push the card away.
You will need:
- Thin flat card
- Glass (make sure the rim isn’t chipped)
- Fill the glass with water until almost full
- Place the card on the glass and hold it down so the card touches the rim all the way around the glass.
- Still holding onto the card carefully turn the glass upside down.
- Still holding the glass let go of the card. The water stays in the glass! (warning this experiment seems really stupid and little but I found it very interesting and fun)
Form a Gas
Have you ever inflated a balloon without blowing into it or using a pump? You can by combining two ingredients to form a gas called carbon dioxide. This is the gas that forms the bubbles in pop and carbonated drinks.
You will need:
- Baking soda
- Empty bottle (I used an empty 20 oz bottle)
- Pour some vinegar into the narrow-necked bottle until it is about a quarter of the way full.
- Using the funnel, fill the balloon with baking soda, fill it pretty full but not completely, I guess you could say mine was about ¾ the way full.
- Stretch the neck of the balloon over the bottle careful not to spill the baking soda into the drink yet or all over your table.
- Lift the balloon and slightly shake so that the baking soda falls into the bottle. The vinegar begins to fi and bubble forming the gas carbon dioxide which fills the balloon up.
Airliners fly around the world at high speed. They have large jet engines that produce a powerful jet of air to push the airliner through the sky. We can see how air can push objects with balloons. Did you now jet engines power the fastest cars in the world as well as high-speed aircraft. A jet engine sucks in air at the front and heats this air with burning fuel. Then it sends the hot air blasting out from the back of the engines which forces the aircraft or car forward at very high speeds.
You will need:
- Balloon pump
- Drinking straw
- Feed the thread through the straw so it will move easily.
- Stretch the thread from a distance like across a room, from your pourch to your fence, we did from our canopy to our fence which was about 40-50 feet long, making sure the thread is tight.
- Blow up a balloon and while holding the neck place two pieces of tape around the straw to stick to the balloon.
- Let go of the balloon and watch it rush along the thread at high speed!
Now this one is a little harder to explain to kids but the experiment is amazing and kids love it. The reason mentos react with pepsi and other carbonated beverages is because the structure of the Mentos themselves allow carbon dioxide bubbles to form extremely quickly, which when this happens fast enough you will get a Geyser.
You will need:
- 2 litter pepsi, diet coke, coco-cola
- 1 pack of mentos per 2 liter
- ¾ inch pvp pipe about 6 inches long
- Once again this is an outside experiment with some space and make sure you don’t have clothes on you don’t want dirty.
- Place the 2 liter on a stand or table and take the lid off.
- Unwrap the mentos and place them in the pvp pipe.
- Once all the mentos are in the pvp line it up with the opening of the 2 liter and let them fall in.
- You might not get all the mentos in because the reaction is instantaneous but just drop as many as you can in and watch the geyser form.
Ever wonder why pop will squirt all over when shaken? Carbon dioxide that we’ve been talking about is in are favorite soda beverages which gives it its bubbles. When a can of pop sits the extra carbon dioxide will just sit at the top of the can so when you open it it just fizzes a little and escapes. When you take a can and shake it right before you open it the carbon dioxide gets all mixed up so when it pushes out to escape all the pop will come with it.
You will need:
- Cans of soda (I used diet 7up because its clear, wont stain, and no sugar so no sticky mess)
- Cups or something to knock down
Directions: You can just use these as a water fight as well
- on a table set up some cups in a pyramid.
- Grab a can of soda and in the center of the tab there’s a little circle, punch a hole in this with the pen.
- Grab the can and place your finger over the hole and shake it for a few seconds.
- Point and knock down the cups.
First attempt fails! I hate when you think you have an amazing idea and then WHAM! It fails and ends up awful. I attempted these Easy Smore’s with little tiny 2 inch pots and they did not light and ended up not being a fun experience for my awesome family which made me feel terrible. But after a sleepless night over it I tried it again with a 6 inch pot and it was amazing! Perfect Easy Smore’s that I can whip up for my family every night if I wanted without breaking the bank or having a big fire pit in my yard with all the kids being able to make their own personal Smore! So next family get together I’ll be the awesome Aunt/sister who does exciting desserts!
Yes this is nothing new, everybody knows how to make smores, over the camp fire, in the microwave, or even on the grill but those are either dangerous for kids, not as good, or not all of us are lucky enough to have a fire pit in our back yard. I love smore’s but in a microwave it is just not the same and kind of boring especially for kids or love seeing the marshmallow burn or melt or just see the fire. These Easy Smore’s are perfect because they don’t cost a lot, you don’t need a lot of space, and they’re a lot easier to keep your kids from falling into or burning themselves. Make sure you use at least a 6 inch terracotta pot because smaller ones I guess don’t have enough oxygen or what not so they won’t burn.
Our failed attempt but they were awesome sports about it!
What you will need
- 6 inch terracotta pot
- Tin foil
- Lighter fluid
Have fun with s’more toppings – there’s so many more options than just regular chocolate.
- Grahm crackers
- Chocolate bars, kit kats, reeses, symphony’s, cookies n crème, rolos, kisses, etc.
- Also you can roast strawberries and air heads, it makes them soft!
- Start by lining the pot with the tin foil and folding over the sides.
- Next put about 7 – 8 pieces of charcoal in the pot and pouring lighter fluid over them just so they get wet, now light them.
- Usually wait about five minutes for the lighter fluid to burn off, sometimes it can cause weird tasting food if you start cooking on it too soon.
- Put a marshmallow on a skewer and roast it! I love mine totally burnt but golden brown is pretty good too.
Have fun with these! There are so many different variations of smores that are so good and keeps them exciting for everyone. Also roasting starbursts or air heads are pretty good as well, it gets them soft and gooey or you can burn them a little if you like. These Easy Smore’s are a fun, quick, and easy summertime activity for any age.
Guys – how stinkin’ ADORABLE are my dogs? I can’t get over this fluff-balls, and our family just wouldn’t be the same without their funny personalities. Add on this crafty No Sew Clown Fish Dog Costume, and they’re ready for summertime fun! I can totally picture them chasing around my kiddos through the sprinklers in these – just need the weather to cooperate a bit more.
While the Shark Costume post the other day was sponsored, this post is NOT – it’s just an extra thing I put together for fun, for our pets.
Look at those big puppy smiles – Kita is on the left above, Tula on the right. LOVE THESE DOGS! I made this Clown Fish Dog Costume for Tula specifically – since they have different body shapes/sizes (Tula’s neck is REALLY long) they couldn’t really fit in the same one. I thought that, since Kita’s more the dominant one, she should be the shark and Tula the cute little fishy.
Note: All dogs are different shape/size, so I won’t put measurements – just size it to fit your own pup 🙂
- Orange felt
- White Felt
- Black Marker
- Foam Pieces (or stuffing) for fins
- Hot glue/gun
- Ribbon/Velcro to attach at the bottom/belly
- Cut out a rounded rectangle for the body from the orange. Glue on three white felt stripes, tracing with black marker.
- Cut out the foam pieces to look like fins, then hot glue orange felt around. Glue the small fins on the back, and the side fins on each side.
- Add ribbon or velcro pieces to the bottom to secure it at the belly.
It’s very much like the shark dog costume we shared the other day – plus they’re both NO SEW making it a great, quick craft!