Did you know that simple 1×2 inch rectangular pieces of plastic can keep kids busy for hours? They can play several variations on strategy games, or they can build structures or chain reactions. Check your toy box, your grandparent’s toy bins, or your neighborhood blog and source a pack or two of dominoes. Then put your kids to work building domino chains around your house. Hours of concentration will be followed by bursts of anticipation, disappointment, and elation and they’ll be absorbing some new engineering skills along the way! If you have Brio train track in your house, you could set up a chain of dominoes on the track to set a train into motion.
A favorites cookie in my family is Haystacks. This easy-to-make cookie has just three ingredients; chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and Chow Mein noodles. In a heavy saucepan, melt one package each of chocolate and butterscotch chips. Stir continuously with a spatula so the chocolate doesn’t burn. Empty 1-2 packages of Chow Mein noodles into a mixing bowl, pour the melted chocolate/butterscotch over them, and stir until coated. Using two spoons, scoop the mixture into cookie sized mounds/haystacks onto parchment covered baking trays, then refrigerate (or freeze) for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
See the world from a different point of view – a one-foot higher point of view, that is.
Kids will love mastering this balancing challenge and you’ll love that they are getting exercise and fresh air with a little strength-building thrown in. This easy-to-follow video will help you assemble a set of stilts in only a couple of minutes. In fact, it’s so easy you should make yourself a pair, as well!
Light up your kid’s interest in science with this easy experiment. All they’ll need is water, vegetable oil, food coloring, and antacid tablets and they can create their very own (temporary) lava lamp. Simply color about ½ cup of water with food coloring, then break the antacid tablets into two or three pieces. Fill a tall drinking glass about ¾ full with vegetable oil. Pour in the colored water until the cup is about 1-2 inches from the top. Add the antacid pieces one at a time and watch the magic occur!
Squirt Gun Art
Let your kids discover their internal Jackson Pollock and get a little messy in the process with this fun (outdoor) art project. All you will need is paint, squirt guns (or spray bottles) and paper/canvas. Pour paint into squirt guns and add a little water. Be sure to use a drop cloth or plastic sheeting if you need to protect the side of your house or any decking. Set up your paper or canvas. Then simply point and paint!