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Recipe for Oobleck! Is it a Liquid or a Solid?!

Its day 8 of the 104 Days of Summer Fun, today’s activity is making Oobleck!

This was a really fun experiment we did with the kids. My older sons class was learning about solids, liquids, and gases and sent home a recipe for Oobleck and asked is Oobleck a liquid or a solid. It was simple ingredients so we made it. It was so cool! Check out the video below to see for yourself. Then make some with your kids to wow them!

Supplies Needed:

  • Bowl
  • water
  • food coloring {optional}
  • cornstarch
  1.  pour 1 tablespoon of water into a bowl

making oobleck

3. if you want to add food coloring add it now, add about 3 drops {Warning! We used “Neon” food coloring and it stained fingers!}
4.Slowly add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch while you stir or knead

oobleck

5.If the mixture is too thin add more cornstarch. If too thick add more water
6.Explore the Oobleck!
7.When you are done exploring do not pour Oobleck down the drain as it could clog.

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Make a Catapult!

Its day 7 of the 104 Days of Summer Fun, today’s activity is a DYI Catapult!

Make a Catapult! My kids are going to love this!

Supplies Needed:

  • Block of wood
  • Paint (optional)
  • Hot glue
  • Clothespin
  • Jumbo craft stick
  • Plastic bottle cap
  • Paper plates
  • Markers
  • Paper
  1.  To make a launcher, start with a scrap block of wood. Hot-glue a clothespin to the block, and a jumbo craft stick to the clothespin Then glue a plastic bottle cap near the end of the craft stick, leaving a short lip for a release lever.
  2. Create targets of varying point values using paper plates and markers, and crumple small pieces of paper into balls to hurl. Now aim for the highest score.You could even use this catapult to play “angry birds” with wooden blocks and pom poms as the birds! 

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Toilet Paper Roll Flower!

Its day 6 of the 104 Days of Summer Fun, today’s activity is a toilet paper roll flower!

toilet paper roll flower

These would be cute to hand out to some special Moms in your life!

 

Supplies needed:

  • toilet paper roll or paper towel roll
  • paint
  • wooden skewer
  • tissue paper
  • glue

Instructions:

  1. Paint inside and outside tp roll
  2. cut either end leaving center inch uncut
  3. fold back petals stick tissue paper in center
  4. stem is wooden skewer poked into center
  5. leaves are another tp roll painted green attached to stem with tacky glue

 

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Homemade Bird Suet!

Its day 4 of the 104 Days of Summer Fun, today’s activity is Homemade Bird Suet! Brought to us by Kroger Krazy!

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A fun activity to make with your kiddos and then fun to watch all the birds that come to eat! 🙂

 

Supplies needed:

  • 3 ½ c Bacon Grease
  • ½ c Peanut Butter
  • 1 ½ – 2 c Oats (uncooked)
  • 1 ½ c – 2 c Corn Meal
  • ½ c Dried fruit (raisins, cherries, etc.)
  • A pan to spread it out on to firm up

Instructions:

  1. For instructions please see Kroger Krazy! Lots of great photos included too!

 

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Shredded Paper Seed Starter!

Its day 4 of the 104 Days of Summer Fun, today’s activity is a Shredded Paper Seed Starter!

seed starter project

We recently completed this activity at a local day camp and the kids LOVED mushing the paper and shaping their seed starters! Nice way to combine a craft & earth friendly activity in one!

shredded paper seed starter shredding

Supplies needed:

  • leftover paper {ie junk mail, old school papers, etc.}
  • shredded colored tissue paper {just for fun color, so its optional!}
  • water
  • wildflower seeds
  • cookie cutters {you can just shape them by hand, but this works well for fun shapes!}

Instructions:

  1. Start by shredding all the paper into little pieces.
  2. Add  enough water to get the papers moist with a little extra.
  3. Smush it all together to get it nice and combined
  4. fill a cookie cutter with the paper mixture and squeeze out any extra water until it becomes solid enough to remove from cookie cutter
  5. while still damp place seeds on top
  6. Let dry and then once its dry place into a planter and add soil!

 

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Inside Day at the Beach! Plus Fake Sand Recipe!

As part of the 104 Days of Summer Fun, today’s activity is a Beach Themed Party at Home!

inside day at the beach

This is such a fun idea to make a boring day into a fun one! Have a Beach Themed Party at home with these ideas! Let me know what else you would do for your themed day!

 

Supplies needed:

  • Beach Towels
  • Food suitable for picnic
  • paint or crayons
  • flour and baby oil {see below for recipe}

Instructions:

  1. Lay Beach Towels out
  2. Serve food suitable for picnic or items you would take to the beach.
  3. Paint or color beach themed pictures and hang up
  4. Make “Sand” in rubbermaid container, then use cookie cutters for making “sand castle”

How to Make Inside “Sand”

Mix 9 Cups Flour with 1 and 1/4 cup Baby Oil to make your own sand that you can play with inside! Make sure to place it inside large bowl or rubbermaid container so you can “contain” the mess 🙂

 

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Food Coloring, Milk, Dish Soap Experiment

As part of the 104 Days of Summer Fun, today’s activity is a Food Coloring, Milk, Dish Soap Experiment!

The kids thought this was really cool to see what would happen. And a weird thing happened to the plates once we were done that I thought was interesting.

milk experiment ingredients

Supplies needed:

  • dinner plate {we used paper plates for less mess, but it really wasn’t a good idea because it was hard to move afterwards without spilling milk. so either use real plates or less milk}
  • food coloring
  • dish soap
  • q-tips

milk experiment 4

Instructions:

  1. Pour milk into plate
  2. Have kids place one drop of each of 4 different food coloring in the center of the dish.
  3. dip one end of the q-tip into the dish soap and then place it onto the plate. Try not to swirl too much yet.
  4. See what happens 🙂

milk experiment 3 milk experiment 2 milk experiment 1

Oh and since we used paper plates something cool happened when I rinsed the plates off the original drops of color remained on the bottom of the plate!

bottom of plates

 

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Toilet Paper Roll Marble Race Track

toilet paper roll marble race track As part of the 104 Days of Summer Fun, today’s activity is a Toilet Paper Roll Marble Race Track!

With just a few items you can make a fun race track for marbles that your kids will love to help “build” and race on!

Supplies needed:

4-5 toilet paper rolls
2-3 paper plates
Marbles

marble race track

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the center of the paper plates, leaving the rim of each plate
  2. Keep one toilet paper roll uncut. Cut one toilet paper roll 1/2 inch shorter , cut another toilet paper roll one inch shorter, cut one 1 and 1/2 inches shorter
  3. Start setting up the track on a flat surface
  4. Set up your track by taping the paper plates onto the toilet paper rolls using any tape you have on hand. See photo above for reference.

My friend constructed this race track with her daughter and for 2 days her daughter enjoyed racing marbles on it! After it was taken down she even asked if they could make it again. So passes the kid test!

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