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3 Kid-Approved Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

14 Jul

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Temperatures are high, and finding ways to beat the heat can be quite challenging. So, we put together a list of ways to cool off with your little one this summer.

Homemade Cool Sweet Treats

Enjoy sweet treats like sno cones and homemade ice cream to cool off with your child this summer.

Sno Cones 

The PAW Patrol™ Sno Cone Maker is perfect for making healthy, icy snacks with your youngster. With the help of Chase, Everest, and Marshall, you and your little one can make sno cones out of frozen fruit, juice, and yogurt. Your child will love enjoying shaved ice with you and the PAW Patrol pals.

Homemade Ice Cream

 Another chilly treat to consider making this summer is homemade ice cream. Check out the easy ice cream recipe below!

 Ingredients:

14.5 ounces of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream

2 Teaspoons of Vanilla

*Note: Extra ingredients (i.e., fudge, candy berries) are optional.

What to Do:

  1. Place all three main ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk ingredients with an electric whisk for five minutes. (Be careful! Don’t over-whisk the mixture!)
  3. You can add optional ingredients when you see thick, whipped peaks in the mixture.
  4. Place the mixture into a baking pan and freeze for 8 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

Source: http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/07/easy-homemade-ice-cream-recipe/

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Outside Water Fun

A classic way to cool off in the summer is with water play! Encourage your little one to beat the heat by splashing in the Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table™. This water table sounds like a real rainfall! Your child can experiment with dumping water in the top tier to create a showering effect. The Waterwheel Play Table is also perfect for staying cool, and it encourages cause and effect learning! Lastly, the PAW Patrol Bath Squirters™ Set is perfect for not only the bathtub, but also beach and pool water fun. Your little one will love playing with his or her favorite PAW Patrol pals to cool off. Encourage your child to beat the heat with water play this summer!

Relax in the AC with Books and Movies

Another great way to cool down is to relax inside and read books. You can then watch the corresponding movies with your child and compare the two! We suggest reading the following five books and watching the corresponding movies.

 1. Cat in the Hat

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Everyone loves this classic Dr. Seuss book! Read it to your youngster and watch the movie together afterwards.

2. Charlotte’s Web

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Read Charlotte’s Web, a famous story about Wilbur the pig, with your little one and enjoy the movie too!

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Enjoy this lighthearted series with your child and compare the movies to the books!

4. Madeline

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Go on adventures with Madeline and her friends by reading this book and watching the movie!

5. Where the Wild Things Are

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This classic story is sure to keep your little one engaged! Read the book and watch the movie to see how they are similar and different.

What do you plan to do to beat the heat with your child this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!

Fun Ideas for Family Staycations

22 Jun

shutterstock_40209769Are you looking for enjoyable and affordable ways to entertain your child during summer break? Consider having a staycation and making your home the hangout. Staycations can be just as fun as vacations if you are equipped with fun games to play and have exciting activities planned. The following are cheap staycation ideas for your family this summer.

Family Game Night

Include family game night in your summer staycation! Playing games as a family is fun way to bond. Consider playing Claws, Jaws, & Paws during your game night. This two to six player game is simple and entertaining, and your family will love playing it together. Exit Games are also perfect for game night. These strategy games, including Secret Lab, Pharaoh’s Tomb, and Abandoned Cabin, are ultimate brainteasers. Tenzi is also perfect for family game night. Your family will be hooked on this speedy game! Game night is a fun family staycation idea that your family will love.

Minute to Win It Competitions

Host Minute to Win It competitions at your house. Consider having a bubble popping competition as the first Minute to Win It activity. Turn on the Mr. Bubble® Double Bubble Blower Machine and have everyone see how many bubbles they can pop in one minute. We suggest having a couple of rounds so that each participant can have a personal counter to keep tally of the amount of bubbles popped. The person who pops the most bubbles in each round wins. Then, have all the winners compete to see who the ultimate bubble popper is. Another game we recommend is seeing who can build the tallest tower possible in one minute with Click Builders. The person with the tallest tower wins! A final Minute to Win It game we suggest is stacking and unstacking a pyramid with Speed Stacks Rapid Stacking Game. The participant who finishes unstacking his or her pyramid first is the winner. These games are perfect for many ages, so invite all your family and friends!

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Dance Parties

Everyone loves dance parties! Get your children moving and grooving with a dance party during your summer staycation. What’s a dance party without music? Make and build your own speaker with the IllumiCraft™ Light-Up Cell Phone Speaker Dock STEM Kit, then turn up the tunes! You can even download Kidz Bop 25 to your cell phone to play the biggest hits through your speaker. The next most important part of a dance party is the lighting. Jazz up your dance party room with the LockerBrightz™ Geometric Room Light. The whole family will love the good music, good lighting, and good times.

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Backyard Campouts

Make a backyard campout part of your family’s summer staycation. First, you’ll need to pitch a tent right in your backyard. Your family can spend time telling ghost stories and making s’mores by a fire. However, it will get dark outside, so make sure you are prepared with outdoor lights. You can even put BugBrightz™ Magical String Lights in a jar to make your own lantern. Your children will love exploring new adventures with you during your backyard campout this summer.

Make this summer one to remember with family game nights, Minute to Win It competitions, dance parties and backyard camping. The memories your family will make participating in these affordable activities will prove to be priceless. Your child will love enjoying fun family staycations this summer.

Do you have any family staycation ideas to share? Let us know by commenting below!

 

 

Extreme Backyard Summer Activities for Kids

19 Jun

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School is officially out and summer is in full swing! Your child will love playing activities this summer right in your backyard. The following are ideas for extreme backyard summer activities your youngster can participate in during their summer vacation.

DIY American Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle Course

Satisfy your active child by setting up a backyard obstacle course American Ninja Warrior style! Encourage your child to invite friends over to complete the course together. Only two at a time, though! You could even turn it in to a competition to see who the American Ninja Warrior backyard course champion is. Have the course begin with X-Shot™ Bubble Balls. The first person to knock the other down gets to advance to the next obstacle. The person who was knocked down must face the next participant in line. Once through the bubble ball obstacle, have the children go up and back down the Slackers 8′ NinjaLine™ Rope Ladder. Then, set up the Slackers 30’ NinjaLine Intro Kit as the ultimate challenge. Finally, the participant to make it to the Slackers Swing Seat in the quickest amount of time wins! Your child will love enjoying extreme outdoor fun this summer.

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Backyard Sports Tournaments

Host backyard basketball, football, and soccer tournaments in the dark with the NightZone™ Sports Pack! These sports balls have a strip of light in the middle, which makes them perfect for nighttime play. Playing ball in the dark will make the challenge even harder (and more fun too)! You can even come up with your own DIY backyard games to play with the light-up balls. Invite friends and family, grill out, and play the summer night away. The winner gets bragging rights! But most of all, everyone will enjoy laughing together and playing summer backyard sports for kids.

Your child will love participating in extreme backyard summer activities this summer, especially with family and friends. Go to the extreme, and make this summer one to remember!

What extreme activities will you have in your backyard this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!

 

Having Fun with (Play) Food!

9 Jun

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The change of season brings yummy summer foods that everyone loves! From food trucks to summer cookouts, your little one will love eating delicious food with you. Exploring different foods can be a learning exploration for your child. Allow your little one to experience making his or her own summer (play) foods.

Food Trucks

Food trucks are a fun part of summer that many people look forward to! Your little one can participate in food truck fun with the Mega Bloks® First Builders™ Food Truck Kitchen Set. This food truck set comes equipped with the tools to make burgers, which is a classic food truck item. However, nowadays many different types of foods are served out of food trucks. Consider allowing your child to think out of the box with a sushi or pasta food truck. Vamp up your child’s food truck set with the Roll, Wrap & Slice Sushi Counter. Serving sushi out of their truck is sure to bring in the crowds. The Prepare & Serve Pasta Set could also be a great addition to your child’s personal food truck. Pasta is always a hit! From burgers to sushi to pasta, your child will love the food truck experience.

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Summer Grilling

Cookouts are so much fun in the summer sun! While experiencing an enjoyable evening with family and friends, your little one is sure to want to join in on the cooking. New Sprouts® Grill It! allows your child to have fun grilling alongside you. Equipped with steak, chicken breast, and burgers, this grill set will help your child learn to be a master griller this summer. After supper, dessert is always served at cookouts, and your little one will definitely want to help with the cake baking. Your child can make his or her own (play) cake in the oven of the Chef’s Play Kitchen & Bonus Accessory Set. Your little one will enjoy getting to be just like you with their personal play kitchen. Playing a part in the summer grilling fun will make your child feel like he or she is an excellent helper.

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The different experiences your child can have with food this summer can serve as teachable moments for you to use as a parent. Introduce your child to different foods by allowing him or her to taste and pretend to make them. Making the experience of trying new foods fun is sure to make your little one more excited about preparing and trying new foods in the future. Your child will love having fun with (play) food this summer!

What’s your child’s favorite (play) food dish to make? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

Make a Splash! Family Fun with Water

2 Jun

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Summertime is upon us, and high temperatures are coming in hot. Staying cool while still enjoying the sunshine is often a challenge. The following five ideas will help you beat the heat with your family this summer season.

 1. Play in the Sprinkler

The Grub Scouts’ Sprinkler by Melissa & Doug® is perfect for an afternoon of water fun! Running and jumping through the sprinkler is enjoyable for kids of many ages. Allow your children to invite friends over to join in on the sprinkler party. The more the merrier! Playing in the sprinkler is a simple, affordable way to stay cool while entertaining your family. The minimum set up still yields maximum fun! Your family will love spending time together splashing in the sprinkler.

2. Host Family Water Game Competitions

Tell your family to bring their game faces because it’s competition time! Playing water games with your family is sure to even get the teenagers moving. Consider hosting an Active Edge® Splash & Blast Aqua Hockey tournament! Aqua hockey is air hockey with a twist, and it will be a huge family hit! The Big Kahuna & Lil Kahuna Ball Set is fitting for any and all water games as well. The Kahuna balls are designed to bounce off of any body of water, which makes them perfect for water game competitions. No matter your game choice, allow the champion to pick the dinner menu for the night.

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 3. Float in the Pool

Splash or relax in the pool to cool off on hot summer days. Taking a dip in the pool is ideal for all members of the family. Your youngsters can splash while you relax. The Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon™ Inflatable Ride-On Float is fun for Star Wars lovers of many ages. Whether you want to catch some rays or your child wants to pretend they are in the latest Star Wars movie, this float is sure to please everyone. Enjoy chilling in the pool with your family this summer.

4. Splish Splash in a Colorful Outdoor Bath

Entertain your little one with extended bath time outside. Fill up a kiddie pool and watch your child splash away. Make the experience even more enjoyable by utilizing Color My Bath Color Changing Bath Tablets (300 tablets). Watching the colors mix will captivate your child, and you can check bath time off the to-do list! Enjoy quality time and make bath time fun for your little one this summer.

5. Have a Water Balloon Fight

A water balloon fight can be a family affair from the very beginning. Have everyone help with filling up the balloons to accomplish the task in a timely manner. Teamwork makes the dream work! After everyone works together to fill up the balloons, then the fun begins! Engaging in this exciting activity with your family is a guaranteed recipe for laughter and wetness. After a hot day, being hit with water balloons will actually feel refreshing! The best part about the water balloon fight will be the memories made with family.

 

How do you plan to beat the heat this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!

 

Memorial Day Fun with Your Little One

19 May

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Memorial Day is quickly approaching! What better way to spend the long weekend than quality time with your little one? Explore the outdoors during Memorial Day weekend and show respect to those who have lost their lives while serving our country with the following Memorial Day activities for children.

Outdoor Adventures

Pool

It’s the end of May, the sun is shining, and a day at the pool has never sounded better! Your child will love relaxing in the pool with you on Memorial Day, but what’s a pool day without toys and floats? Your little one can float the weekend away in the pool on the Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon Inflatable Ride-On Float or Jumbo Flip Flop Pool Float. Your family can also enjoy some fun in the sun with the Big Kahuna and Lil’ Kahuna Ball Set.

Games

Spend some quality time with your child on Memorial Day by playing games together. Do you have a favorite game to play with your little one? It can be as simple as game of tag or hide-and-go-seek. You could even make a dodgeball tournament a family affair with the Coop Scatter Dodgeball Game. Making time to play games with your child during Memorial Day weekend is a great way to get the quality time in you both desire.

Grilling Out

After so many activities, bellies will be rumbling! Though there isn’t much for little ones to do while you cook on a hot grill, New Sprouts® Grill It! will allow your child to participate by working alongside you and making pretend burgers for the crowd. As you know, every moment counts, so embrace your youngster’s desire to be just like you.

Showing Respect

The purpose of Memorial Day is to show respect to those who have lost their lives while fighting for our country. It’s important to teach your child the value of showing respect for those who have died while serving the U.S. Armed Forces. By participating in the following activity together, you and your child can show respect to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.

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Wave the Flag

Materials:

  • Small American flag

What to Do:

  1. Recite the following rhymes, modeling each line’s appropriate action.
  2. Have your child practice the rhymes several times.

Wave the Flag

Wave the flag high, (wave a small flag or hands in the air)

Up to the sky, (point to the sky)

Red, white and blue, (show one finger for red, two for white, three for blue)

We salute you. (put right hand over the heart)

See Our Flag (Tune: “Farmer in the Dell”)

See our flag wave

In the land of the brave,

Red, white and blue,

To our country we are true.

More to Do:

  • Art: Have your child make copies of the original American flag. Give each child a 4” x 6” piece of white paper with a square in the upper left-hand corner and 13 uncolored stripes. Starting at the top, have the children color every other stripe red and the square blue. Give them 13 silver adhesive stars to place on the blue square. Help the children tape a craft stick to the backs of the flags for a flagpole.
  • More Art: Have your child cut out pictures of red, white, and blue food from old magazines and use them to make collages.

Source: The Giant Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities

 How do you plan to celebrate Memorial Day? Share your plans by commenting below!

Stargazing: Ways to Encourage Children To Look Up!

5 May

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As the weather warms up, the opportunities for activities in the great outdoors increases. It also creates the perfect time to lie down and look up at the sky. Generally loved by all, the popular subject of space and the act of stargazing and planet observation is free and accessible to everyone. Between all the family adventures to the lake, car trips to far away theme parks, and weekly visits to your neighbor’s pool—there are those “normal” nights that create the perfect time for making family memories. So be sure to leave some SPACE in your family’s free time to explore the great night sky. Here are some of our ideas to get your family looking up in wonder!

Introduction to the Stars

Stargazing starts with opportunity. Camping is a fantastic way to combine family time with star exploration, but we understand it is not for everyone. If you live in a brightly lit area, move to a darker venue by asking around to friends or families whose houses may have a better view of the sky. If your backyard is already a perfect fit, create a “viewing lounge” by placing pillows and blankets into the back of a pickup truck, a blow up kiddie pool, or even lay out on a Star Wars™ Millenium Falcon Float. Remember to provide your family with the viewing tools they need like a telescope. Set the stage for relaxation with a playlist of space themed music playing softly in the background. Remember that every child has different interests and attention spans, so try to keep the activity age-appropriate. For younger children, stargaze for shorter amounts of time and provide them with general information. For older children, introduce them to a few easy-to-spot, major constellations like the The Big Dipper/Ursa Major and Orion. For those scared of the dark, stargazing can be done during the day by exploring eclipses and the sun (a giant star) cycles. Just don’t forget your sunglasses!

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For the Current Space Fanatic

If your child already has a love for the stars, you can keep that passion alive by giving them lots of astronomy resources. Be sure to provide your space lover with plenty of space related reading material. We suggest The Solar System and Beyond set and The Solar System Book Set. It is likely that if your child loves stargazing they may enjoy Star Wars. While stargazing, let them play with a Star Wars Lego Set or even a Light-Up Death Star Beach Ball. Star location apps are great for both parents and children, as you easy find position of stars and constellations in your piece of the night sky. With the official NASA app you can see current mission photos and even track satellites! Finally, we suggest hosting a stargazing party with plenty of space-themed snacks like this galaxy popcorn. Follow up by watching a space related children’s movie outdoors (like Wall*E or Muppets from Space).