Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

Clever Guy is back today with a fun outdoor activity. Growing up I remember going to camp and having a lot of fun. While the kids have never been away on an overnight camp, we have created some fun camp like activities. One of them is scratch ‘n sniff paint using Kool-Aid.

This paint is really easy to create and gives a fun result!

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

Scratch n Sniff Paint Recipe

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint w/ Koolaid

What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Kool-Aid

How To:

Mix together 1/3 packet of Kool aid with approximately 1/3 cup of water. Mix together, then paint! You’ll want to let them dry for about an hour. After that, you can scratch and sniff the flavors!

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

We created some fun nature aras well as some funny faces.  Clever Guy did a polka dot one so you could scratch and sniff them to identify the flavors which makes for a fun game!

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

Strawberries!

 

 

 

 


Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza

Summer time is just about halfway over and we’ve been trying to get creative in our lunch routine. Typically it’s a PB&J lunch day so the Clever Guy and I came up with a Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza for a little change. Of course whats nice about this recipe is kids can help and even older kids can make it themselves. I’m trying to think of clever ways for him to take this to lunch during the school year, maybe rolled up or a “DIY” kit.


Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza

Kids Can Cook Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fruits: Bananas, apples etc

Spread the peanut butter on the tortilla, then cut into 4ths. Decorate with fruit and you are done!

 

 

How to Geocache With Kids (an easy guide to getting started to Geocaching at home or on a road trip). Geocaching Intro - screenshot

Before our road trip a few weeks ago, I looked into starting Geocaching. I had heard of it, seen people do it but hadn’t participated in this activity. Since we have always been an outdoor family, it sounded perfect for us. I checked out Geocaching.com and found a wealth of information.

What is Geocaching and what exactly is a Geocache? Simply put, it’s like a treasure hunt. You are given coordinates and maybe even some clues to find it. Geocaching is great for anytime whether you are staying at home or on a road trip. We use the app whenever we have some down time and always seem to find caches close to where we are! When you find the Geocache, there is always at the very least a log inside. Log the date and your name or “team” name and put the cache back exactly where you find it. The fun caches include little trinkets for kids to trade. When Geocaching you also may find a “travel bug” which is a trackable tag that you take from one cache and place it in another so it can “travel”.

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Planning to Geocache while on a road trip is always fun. You can map them out before hand or look at your app as you go. On our recent road trip to California, we looked for Geocaches every time we stopped. It makes bathroom breaks that much more exciting! You can also do it from home, in our neighborhood alone there are at least 6!

What you’ll need:

GPS System or Geocaching app (found here)
Pen
Small little trinkets (see what we have, below)

Here’s the how to on Geocaching With Kids:

  • Open the app to find Geocaches near you.
  • Change your view on the map to “satellite”, this will give you a more accurate view of where to look for it.
  • Click on the closest location and see the description.
  • This is where you will see what it is and any description of what to look for.
  • Look high, low and maybe even buried under some rocks! The Geocaches are meant to be hidden so it may take you a few minutes to find it.
  • Log if you found it or not! Use a printable log (like the one below) and the app to track if you found the Geocache or not.

Want to start a Geocache? Check out these Geocache items on Amazon.com

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We found this one in Quartszite along the I-10, if you go it’s an easy find! Well, notice the camouflage doesn’t make it immediately noticeable but that’s part of the adventure!

Why Geocache?

  • It’s a FUN family activity!
  • It’s FREE! (unless you opt to pay the premium fee).
  • It allows kids to learn navigation skills.

Geocaches can be anything from a small container to a large box to a fake looking log. The picture below shares an Easter Egg that we found inside a light post!

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We keep a Geocache kit in the car with a pen and trinkets to trade. The trinkets are small enough to be traded in the smaller Geocaches as well as the bigger ones.

Geocache trinkets for kids to trade

Going on a road trip? Print this sheet out and Geocache along the way!

Geocache printable journal for kids. Print multiple pages to start a scrapbook of your geocaching adventures!

Get the printable Geocache Journal here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_4LRatnb7Umd3c3czdRVDZTYjA/edit 

Before you get started, what you should know:

  • Geocaching.com and the app are free. There is a premium fee for the app along with a premium membership fee.
  • The app on the phone works perfectly unless you may be out of “cell range”. Try the premium app fee to save an offline list.
  • If you are struggling to find a Geocache, check the hints in the app as well as the activity to see if there are any clues to help!
  • Beware of Muggles ~ people who are not familiar with the Geocaching world who may see you and get concerned or remove the Geocache.
  • The app is great however because your location is determined off of cell towers, you could be within 30 feet of the GPS location. I think the app is a great way to get started but as you continue, you may want to invest in an actual GPS system so you can start tracking off of coordinates directly.

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Looking for more fun things to do this Summer? Check out the Summer  Survival Series hosted by The Joys of Boys!

How to make ice cream in a bag, a fun activity for kids!

 Are your kids saying how bored they are? Help cure that Summer boredom with a fun activity that is also a treat! This ice cream in a bag activity is perfect for all ages and it hits the spot with the Summer heat. Clever Guy loves making this because it’s so easy and mom doesn’t have to help! You’ll be using ingredients you probably already have on hand.

How To Make Ice Cream In a Bag

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 cup of milk (we used 1% and it came out just fine)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons of  coarse salt (think rock salt)
  • 2 large gallon sized ziploc bags
  • ice

Directions:

  • Fill up one bag halfway full of ice and add the salt.
  • In the other bag, add the sugar, milk and vanilla.  Make sure it’s sealed tight.
  • Place the milk mixture bag in the ice bag. Seal it and then shake it for about 6 – 7 minutes (until creamy).

You’ll want to enjoy this quickly or you can freeze it for later! We were thinking if you wanted to make this a little more fun, you could add a drop or two of food coloring. Kids can watch it morph into ice cream and watch the colors change!

If you are having a Summer party, this would be a fun activity for the kids!

How to make ice cream in a bag

Olaf Party Favors (Homemade playdough recipe and printable)

Having a frozen party? These Olaf party favors are perfect for guests of all ages! These are a homemade playdough broken into bags with a printable! Guests can create these at the party or take them home! They can also have some fun with them like making an Olaf in the Summer…melting!

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These are playdough balls separated by ziploc bags and they have a printable taped on the outsides of the bag.

Printable:
Click on the image below and then click CTRL + P

Do You Want To Build a Snowman Printable

Here is a link to two of these printables on one page: Olaf Party Favor Printables

  Frozen Olaf Playdough Party Favors

 

Homemade Playdough Recipe ~ Safe for kids!

 

How to make easy Homemade Playdough

Older kids could help with this but I would be cautious of all kids around the stove. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tsps of cream of tartar

Directions: Put all ingredients in a pot and cook on medium heat until it is thick. Remove and as it cools, form into a large playdough ball.

Store in an airtight container or ziploc bags.

How to color the dough: I like to use candy food coloring, it’s an oil base and it takes just a little to work. For this one above, I used a regular black food coloring and you can see it bled through. Take a small amount of the coloring and kneed it into the white dough.

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