Here are the links:
The Idea Room: Bouncy Ball
The Idea Room: Marshmallow Guns
You Tube: Cute T shirt Cutting- (we used this one Here)
You Tube: Tie Dying Designs
Make Your own Bubbles
Family Fun: Sand Castles that Last
Here are some pictures of the fun:
The finished bouncy balls. She noted this in her post, but they really aren't that bouncy. She has another one that we didn't try that is suppose to be more bouncy ball-like. We still had fun making them and letting them bobble across the kitchen floor for a few hours :).
Mini Marshmallow Guns. Not only were they fun to assemble, but my friend Kayla, who was in charge of this fun little activity, had targets to shoot at, and bottles to knock down. She even painted them at the end. My kids still sleep with theirs by their bed.
Make your own Bubbles. This is really a trial and error process I found. There are tons of recipes out there that are all basically the same ingredients but in looking at the comments on most it seemed like there was never 100% success rate for those using them. We could only get a few of the really big bubbles to come off our homemade wands. But the little bubbles worked great.
Sand castles were so fun to play with and make but my advice: Use a pot you don't care about to cook it in , and the lastablilty was a bit questionable, because once they dry they begin to crumble, so if your little
ones want to touch it after it's dry, it really won't "last" too long!
I wish i had pictures of the tie dying. But it was a bit much for me to get pictures while keeping my 2 year old from dying herself pink. But maybe i can get my daughter to model her shirt for a picture later. We cut our T's (for the girls) before dying them and they use them as cover ups for their suits, or layer them with a tank top. They turned our adorable!
Not all of the projects had the outcome that we thought, but they were all worth it, and the kids loved them all, whether they flopped or not. It's really all about doing something different and switching up a mundane routine. Anyone else do any fun summer projects with the kids? I would love to hear about them!
The next few weeks will be major baby prep! This kiddo is due in 5 weeks! We have some desks to assemble, rooms to rearrange and dressers to repaint and pass around to different kids, so look for some crunch time posts in the weeks to come :)