Browsing Category: children

Glowing Bubbles

Here is something fun to try, make your own glowing bubbles!  My boys are going to love this, it combines 3 things they love, the dark, glowing stuff, and bubbles!  All you have to do is break open a glow stick, and pour the contents into a bottle of bubbles!  You want to make it a 50:50 ration of bubbles to glow stick for them to glow bright enough to see.  Also, make sure that you try it where it is very dark and away from lights.  Might be best for a camping trip activity.  I am not worried about the poisoning my kids with glow stick solution, because my youngest, when he was 3 cracked open a glow stick and ate the solution.  I was in a panic and called poison control, who told me not to worry, because they are indeed non toxic.

Photo Credit: Anne Helmenstine

Photo Credit: Anne Helmenstine

ZipZicle

Remember those long skinny ice pops we had as kids?  I used to love those!  I’m not sure there are many kids who don’t love them however now that I’m a parent I gotta tell ya those will certainly not be a summer staple in our house.  Why?  The ingredients are way to scary for me to feed to my child….high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes.  Nope, not for my kiddo!  That’s why when my sister-in-law told me about Zip Zicles I was so excited!  These things are genius.  They allow you to make your own long skinny popsicles so your kids can still enjoy them and you can feel good about it.  Oh, and you can wash and re-use them if you’d like and they’re BPA free!

ZipZicles – $2.99 for 12

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Colorful Bird Nests

This is a great way to help the birds, have some fun, and reuse old scraps!  Right now I see birds behind my house flying with all manner of straw, string, and grass in their mouths building nests like crazy!  Why not help them along?  Here is an idea from FiberFarm.com.  Just take a nice cheap Suet Feeder, and fill it with old yarn scraps about 4 to 8 inches long!  The birds are usually pretty comfortable with this kind of feeder, and yarn makes great nesting material.  Plus, the birds will have beautiful colorful nests.  How fun would it be to go exploring with the kids in the woods, our around your house to find the nest with the colorful yarn in them, and know that you helped that bird make it’s home?

I know, I was skeptical at first as well, thinking that this would make it easier for predators to find the nests and things like that.  However, FiberFarm did a little research before posting the idea, in this is what they came up with: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology gives yarn scraps a thumbs up.http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1144 (Scroll down to “Nest Material”). I have also gotten approval from the Audubon Society BEFORE posting this. In other words, actual EXPERTS approve of this project. I’m sure that whatever your cousin’s neighbors best friend had to say about is interesting but I am sticking with EXPERT opinions on this.  But thank you.

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Whipped Coconut Oil & Lime Body Butter

Coconut oil is a staple around our house.  We use it to cook and bake as well as for a moisturizer.  It smells divine and my favorite part is that it’s all natural and non-toxic.  In fact I can even eat it which makes me feel better putting it onto my skin & especially my 12 month old!  I love this simple little twist.  Not only would it be great for at home use but would make a fantastic gift!

To make it you’ll need:

1/2 cup coconut oil

20 drops of lime oil (or your favorite essential oil)

A jar (the volume will double so make sure you have a jar that will fit at least a cup)

Whip the coconut oil with an electric mixer until it becomes soft.  Once it’s soft add the oil.  Mix a bit more and voila! Just be sure to note the expiration date on the coconut oil and store it in a cool, dry place.  Most of all enjoy!

Recipe found on Blah Blah Magazine

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Easily Grow Carrots in Pots

My kids love carrots, and every year we try to grow them with no success.  For some reason both carrots and radishes have failed miserably in my garden.  This year I plan to change all of that!  This year I will plant my carrots in pots, and if the success of the writer on Vegetable-Garden-Guide.com is any indication, we will be growing crop after crop all summer long!  According to him, with just one 13 inch wide by 12 inch deep clay pot, you can harvest 30 – 40 carrots per growing cycle!  And, he says that you can just keep planting them over and over all summer long, using the the same soil and pot, by resowing the seeds.  Why is it so much easier to grow carrots in pots?  Here is what he says:

The advantages of growing carrots in containers are:

  • No poor soil problems if using shop bought compost.
  • No weeding and digging concerns.
  • And no soil pest problems.

What you do need to keep in mind though is a little more attention will need to be given to watering and feeding.  Here are his instructions to growing your best carrots ever!

Growing carrots in plant containers is no different than growing them in open ground. Make small drills in the growing medium about ½” deep, thinly sow the carrot seed along the drills, fill in the drills and water using a watering can with fine holes. After about 1 week you should see the carrot sprouts.  After the carrots have germinated and are about a 1″ tall start the thinning process. You can pull them out or get a small pointed pair of scissors and snip them off at soil level. Thin them so they are about ½” apart. Later you will thin them to approximately 1″ and the thinnings should be big enough to eat.

I can’t wait to get my carrots in their pots.  I think my kids will love planting their own carrots as well, and taking care of the plants until they can eat their own harvest!

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Water Color Bubble Art

What kid doesn’t love to paint?  Not sure there are too many.  Now combine that with blowing bubbles and you’ve got a sure hit!  This activity looks like an absolute blast with the potential for an absolute mess so in my mind it’s best saved as an outdoor activity for this time of year.  This would be a great afternoon or weekend activity to keep the kids engaged and having a ball!

For details please visit Prudent Baby

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