Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The War

 Water balloons, squirt guns, cannons, and water gun mounted vehicles. Everyone starts at a corner of the yard, then rushes into the middle to grab their weapons of choice! With the power wheels later mounted with water cannons and running at a whopping 6 miles an hour; This one almost made history books.. Not a single person was left dry that day. (Disclaimer: 90% of children will form an alliance right in the beginning of the game, Adults are not safe.)

Growing... Candy?

That's right, lets grow some candy! Rock candy has been around since the 18th century and for good reason. It is surprisingly simple to make and exciting for your kids; this also can double as a chemistry lesson for them! (well, lets face it, they are only interested in eating it but i tried..) 

You'll need a chopstick and something to hold it across the rim of the cup (you'll see in the pictures), a jar or tall glass, about a cup of water, 3-4 cups of sugar, and food coloring (optional).

Bring the water to a boil then slowly dump the sugar in about a 1/2 cup at a time, continue doing this until the sugar stops dissolving as much. Let sit for 5 minutes. While that is sitting, take and wet the chopstick and coat most of it in sugar. Dump solution into the cup then slowly submerge the coated chopstick into the cup staying about an inch from the bottom (I used clothespins to hold it up).

Then let it sit for 5-7 days and you just grew some candy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Water Park

Who says that your yard can't be turned into a water park? With a sprinkler, a couple of old unused sandboxes, a small pool, and the slide off the play set; We turned the yard into an adventure! Always remember, especially with pools and slides, safety first!

Crash into the water!!

 Rush out into the sandbox! (well.. "waterbox" now.)
 Rinse and repeat! (Literally)

And there you have it, hours of fun for your kids!