This week we are celebrating our independence and our boredom busters are all about being outside with friends and family.
Red Rover – All that is needed for this game is a large empty yard space so that two teams can line up 10 or more feet apart. Choose two team captains and then start picking your teams, alternating, one team at a time. When the teams are set, you’re ready to play. Each team locks arms and the team that is IT chants “red rover, red rover send (name of opposite team member) right over” That person then runs at the chanting team’s chain and tries to break through. If the chain is broken the runner gets to pick a person to take back with them to their team. If the chain is not broken the runner remains on the opposing teams side.
Stacking Cups – For this game you’ll need plastic drinking cups and a stop watch. Place 6-12 cups in front of each player. See who can stack the cups the fastest. Try this game in teams, also. Want something more challenging, try stacking the cups blindfolded, or with one hand behind your back. Use your imagination to make this game more challenging. Just remember to keep it safe.
Water Wars – You’ll need water balloons and a balloon catapult.
To make your catapult you’ll need:
A square piece of felt or other flexible material
Large Rubber Bands
Two poles or sturdy sticks
Tie several large rubber bands together, creating two long strands.
Tie a rubber band through each corner of the felt or other cloth.
Connect two bands on each side of the cloth to one of the rubber band strands, do the same on the other side.
Now connect the ends of the rubber band strands to two poles stuck in the ground.
Your catapult is now ready to launch across the yard. To make this even more fun, construct two of the catapults and set them up opposite of each other. Play in teams and see who can stay the driest.
Make sure there is plenty of water on hand to prevent dehydration. Playing outside is tons of fun, hilarious and exhausting.
Make Paper Pinwheels
What you’ll need:
- Colored Construction Paper or thick scrap booking paper
- 1 ½ inch straight pins with ball heads
- 10 – inch plastic straws
- Erasers cut from the tops of pencils
How to make them:
- Cut a 6 ½ -inch square from the construction paper
- Fold the square on a diagonal, corner to corner. Open it up and fold the other side, corner to corner
- Cut along the creased lines, stopping about 1 inch from the center point. Important, do not cut all the way through.
- Fold every other corner to the center of the pinwheel and hold in place. When you have all four points at the center, insert a pin at the spot where they overlap.
- Without letting go of the paper or the pin, poke the pin through one end of the straw. Use an eraser as a stopper. If you don’t want to use the erasers you can use pliers to bend the pin back and carefully put a drop of glue on it. Make sure you don’t glue the pinwheel.
Red, White and Blue Cup Cake Cones
What you’ll need:
- Flat bottom ice cream cones
- Cake mix
- Cup cake tin
How to make:
- Follow the directions to make the cake mix.
- Have the kids spoon the batter into the ice cream comes. Make sure not to fill them more than ¾ full.
- Put the cones into the cupcake tin, carefully put them in the oven.
- Bake at 350 F for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Insert a toothpick to check that they are completely cooked.
- Cool completely
- Have the kids frost and decorate the cones.
- Use red, white and blue sprinkles or frosting.
- Fourth of July is a fun family holiday that kids and adults look forward to each year. Make sure you handle fire works properly to keep everyone safe. Here are some tips:
- Kids should never play with fireworks.
- Keep sparklers away from your face. They burn at up to 1,800F, hot enough to melt gold.
- Buy only legal fire works and store them in a dry, cool place.
- Never try to make your own fireworks.
- Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
- The bucket of water is also great to put spent fireworks in to insure there out.
- Steer clear of others. Fireworks are known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even as a joke.
- Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
- Avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket. The friction could set them off.
- Light one firework at a time and never in a glass or metal container.
- Never relight a dud.
- Don’t forget about your pets. Animals have sensitive ears and can be very frightened or stressed. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk of them getting loose or injured.
Have a fun Fourth of July.
Fun holidays for this week:
2nd – Made in the USA Day
3rd – Compliment Your Mirror Day
4th – Independence Day
7th – Chocolate Day
Hop a Park Day
International Cherry Pit Spitting Day