Summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about ideas to keep the kids entertained. That is why I’m so excited about the new book, 101 Kids Activities, by two of my favorite bloggers and friends!
If you have kids, you will LOVE 101 Kids Activities by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller from Kids Activities Blog! I’m excited to share one of the cool kid activities from the book today along with a giveaway!
This book really will save me this summer! Full of simple crafts, boredom busters, games and experiments, now I won’t have to think much this summer, just tell the kids to open up the book and pick an idea to do! Yay! Thanks Holly and Rachel:-)
From Slimy Goop Recipes and Simple Science Play to DIY Water Bottle Bangles, you’ll find creative ideas for both boys and girls. After flipping through the book, it’s really hard to decide which one to do first.
My daughter has been bookmarking the ideas she wants to do this summer! We have a lot saved.
What I love so much about this book are the modified ideas for younger and older kids. I wish I had this as a teenager when I spent several summers babysitting! If you have babysitters, this book is a must get for them.
Enjoy this cool craft idea for kids and be sure to scroll down (or click over to the blog if you are reading from email) to enter to win a FREE 101 Kids Activities book!
Fizzing Sidewalk Paint
[pullquote]From 101 Kids Activities by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller, printed with permission of Page Street Publishing June 2014[/pullquote]This activity trumps ordinary sidewalk chalk with a little science magic by creating a chalk-based paint and then spritzing on a little fizz. It all starts with pH. When solutions that are pH base mix with an acid, action happens!
- Large mixing bowl
- 1 (1-pound [454 g]) box baking soda
- ½ cup (63 g) cornstarch
- Warm water
- Several containers to hold the paint
- Food coloring
- Spray bottle filled with vinegar—1 per child
- Buckets for cleanup
In a large mixing bowl, mix the baking soda and the cornstarch together. Add the warm (almost hot) water, stirring until it is the consistency of pancake batter. Split the recipe into several containers, adding the food coloring color of your choice to each.
Use the homemade paint to create a scene or flick it with a paintbrush into a modern masterpiece. It is best to work fast because the paint dries quickly (but can always be diluted with the addition of more warm water).
Once the painting is in place, it is time for something a little extra. Spray the artwork with the vinegar-filled bottle and watch what happens. Your artwork will sizzle and pop!
A bucketful of water splashed across the art can make it disappear. Because that is fun, too, you might not want to wait for rain.
Modifications for Younger Kids
If a paintbrush is hard to negotiate in the paint, give your children a spoon and let them drip or drop spoonfuls of paint onto the pavement. For the little ones, be sure to fully supervise when they spray vinegar. It can sting little eyes.
Modifications for Older Kids
This activity is an easy way to work in a lesson on reactions between acids and base chemicals and talk about why this works. Maybe you can have your budding scientists adapt the recipe to see whether they can get bigger bubbles and more fizz in their next batch of paint.
Do you have a prewriting preschooler? Use a turkey baster to squirt vinegar at the paint. The grasping and squeezing helps strengthen finger muscles they will use when they are writing.
planning my son’s 8th birthday party and our first grandsons, twin boys, were just born.
To be honest, we are taking care of my dying father, he is living with us. Hopefully we will squeeze in some fun and pool time with my little girls.
I'm visiting friends and family!
We are spending lots of time in the pool this summer!!!
This summer I hope to be swimming and gardening. Also, I will be repainting in the house.
We have a couple of family road trips this summer! Can’t wait!
To have more crazy, fun and enjoying time with my daughter
Looking forward to sending specia homemadel gifts and toys to send/give to my neices and nephew!)
I want to buy pool noodles and try the marble activity that you posted!
Spending time with my daughters and my mom.
Spending time at home with the kiddos. The book would be quite helpful 🙂
Would love to have this book to come up with cool craft projects for the kids I teach!
We are doing nothing – no schedules and relaxing.
We’re doing swim lessons and art projects.
Road Trips with the trailer.
Going to the beach!
i have no plan for summer yet – winging it
I'm working so I can send the kids to their many camps!
I'm looking forward to all my grandchildren coming for a two week visit. The Kids' Activity Book could provide many hours of fun and memories during their stay!
we are spending the summer relaxing, swimming and lots of play dates!
This summer will be spent setting up for my new preschool opening in September! Woo hoo!
This summer I am looking forward to traveling to Colorado to visit my brother.
I am spending one week in June, July & August with my grandson. I am always on the lookout for fun things we can do together.
Playing with our five children, ages 10 and under, outside. We are fixing up a treehouse, exploring our land, taking photographs for a summer scrapbook, swimming, etc. This book looks great!
We’re going rock hunting at the lake!
We have a trip,to the beach planned.
Keeping my 6 kids busy and entertained by doing fun crafty projects like this!! 🙂
Lots of family time: Camping, boating and backyard movie nights!
I'm going to explore the local area and try new things!
hoping for a few pool days
hopefully swimming in our pool and using these great summer activity ideas
We are going to Bar Harbor, Maine.
Leaving for Hawaii today. Start teaching art in the fall. Would love to win your book :0)
We’ll be moving at the end of the summer, so there aren’t a lot of funds to go on vacation. We’ll be trying to find fun stuff to do around home while mom and dad try to work :/
We love making memorable summers by spending lots of time outside! Camping, swimming, picnics, exploring, traveling… all things we look forward to.
Looking forward to no real schedule with meetings, lessons, practices, games, tournaments, etc. and spending quality time with my 8,10 and 13 year old:0)
Keeping a friends kids for the summer and heading to the beach!!! Hopefully lots of fun and crafting!
We will be going camping in Kings Canyon Yosemite National Park
I will be sitting on my front porch on my days off and sipping water with lemon and lime reading a good book or taking a walk in the beautiful nature around me. Two of my favorite things!
Such a wonderful collection of activities. I can’t wait to try them with my grandbabies!
plan on many more beach trips than last year!
Looking forward to eating meals outside as much as possible!
We’ll be outside as much as possible going to the beach, bike rides, nature hikes and picnics!
We’ll probably go to the beach….a lot!!
I’m trying to keep my 6 year old and 9 month old busy this summer!
spending time with my g-kids
We just got back from Dollywood in TN. We are also planning on going to Washington, DC later in the summer. Other than that, we hit up the pool and beach and do fun things around the house to keep busy!
We’re taking some time to relax and have no plans around the house, VBS, and a trip to the beach!
Can’t wait to do this with the wee ones!
I'm spending as much time as possible with my grandsons, as the third arrives next week (we hope!) — meaning Southwest Airlines will be making mega-bucks off this long-distance grandma.
We're preparing to move out of state….and taking a 10 day beach vacation 🙂
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