Fun and Games to Make Grocery Shopping Easier

Fun and GamesMaking shopping fun for your kids will make shopping more fun and easier for you too! Check out these 11 entertaining and educational activities to keep kids busy at the grocery store!


In our last article, “10 Tips for Surviving Grocery Shopping with Kids,” one of our tips was to give children age-appropriate activities to do during shopping trips. To help you do this, I’ve collected a variety of of parent-proven activities for all age ranges. While some of these take a little planning and preparation, it is worth laying the groundwork to transform shopping with your family from dreaded and stressful to enjoyable and painless!

(Although the activities are grouped in specific age categories, many can be used for a wide range of ages.)

 

Shopping with little ones

  1. When young children get to help pick out produce and other items, it makes them feel like part of the team, and they are more likely to eat what they pick out, too! Make sure you give them choices you can live with, such as, “Broccoli or cauliflower?” You can also combine this activity with the matching game (#7 below) to make it more exciting.
  2. You can help your children feel important by asking them to help carry things, either while walking or while riding in the cart. They can have items they are in charge of until checkout.
  3. If you feel crafty, you might enjoy making a “grocery game” for your child to take on each shopping trip. This can be used with toddlers as well as preschoolers, or pictures can be replaced with words for beginning readers. You can find the tutorial here.

 

Shopping with preschoolers

  1. Play “I Spy.” Before entering the store, let children pick out a specific color, shape, number or letter and see how many of the object they can find while shopping. Compare from trip to trip to see what things are most common in the store.
  2. Play alphabet or letter scavenger hunt. Write out letters of the alphabet (or draw shapes or colors for younger children) on a paper, and let children cross off each one they find. If this doesn’t last long enough, you can have each letter, shape or color listed multiple times.
  3. Play a matching game. Put pictures of products your family often uses on cards (you may want to laminate these for use on other shopping trips). Good sources for pictures are store ads and coupons. Let children match these cards to the products at the store. Each time they find a match, they turn the card into you. It’s fun to see how many they can match each time.
  4. Play a guessing game. Give hints about what you are going to get next and see if the kids can guess what it is before you get it off the shelf.

 

Shopping with school-aged kids

  1. Put them in charge of the shopping list. Make a shopping list on your tablet, phone or on paper, and put your child in charge of crossing items off as they are put in the cart. For younger kids you can use pictures for the shopping list instead of words.
  2. Have your child sort the groceries as you put them in the cart. They can sort by category, such as by food group (fruits and veggies, grains, protein, dairy/calcium), by color or by size. Let them choose categories to put things into.
  3.  If you have multiple kids to wrangle, play grocery bingo! Each child gets a board and they mark off items they see as you walk around the grocery store. The first to mark off five in a row wins! Below are several options to make your own bingo cards or download free cards to print.

If you laminate the cards or put them in sheet protectors, you can use dry erase markers to mark off items and they can be used again and again.

 

Middle school and above

  1.  This is a great time to guide your children in learning to shop for the best deals at the grocery store. Have them help create your shopping list, using store ads and coupons if possible. Teach them how to look for unit pricing on the shelf tags at the store, as well as how to figure it out for themselves so they can do the calculations if unit pricing is missing on the shelf or not shown in equivalent units. Find a simple child-friendly explanation of how to figure out unit pricing here

 

These activities, along with ideas from our previous article, can make your trips to the supermarket more pleasurable for the whole family. Have fun, and maybe enjoy singing a song in the car on the way! 


This article was written by Alissa Weller, Healthy Family Fun Box Elder County Coordinator, and Carrie Durward, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist




Family Mealtime // How to Get Kids Involved

Getting Kids Involved

September is National Family Mealtime month. Each Friday this month we’ll be posting on that topic — specifically from the Live Well Utah Cookbook, Family Mealtime Edition. This publication is available for free at your local Extension office, or available digitally here. It features some great tips on the importance of family mealtime and meal planning, plus 21 quick, inexpensive, and nutritious recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. 


Getting Kids Involved

Involving children in meal planning and cooking at a young age is a great way to instill a love for delicious, homemade food! Here are some ideas on how to include kids of all ages in the kitchen. Remember to choose age appropriate jobs and keep safety in mind at all times.

Ages 2-5

Meal Planning:

  • Color coordinate fruits and vegetables
  • Circle foods they would like in store advertisements
  • Help cut coupons
  • Choose one meal they would like

Grocery Shopping:

  • Point out fruits and vegetables from the grocery list
  • Choose a new fruit or vegetable to try

Cooking:

  • Pour premeasured items into bowl to mix up
  • Tear up lettuce for a salad
  • Rinse off fruits and vegetables

Ages 6-10

Meal Planning:

  • Help make a list of meals they like
  • Look at USDA’s MyPlate diagram and come up with one meal following the diagram
  • Choose fruits and vegetables to put on the side of the main courses

Grocery Shopping:

  • Read the list to parent and cross items off as they are put in the cart
  • Choose a new fruit or vegetable to try

Cooking:

  • Measure ingredients and put them together with parent’s help
  • Toss a salad
  • Knead dough
  • Put together sandwiches

Ages 11-18

Meal Planning:

  • Look up three new recipes on social media
  • Create a 3-day menu using USDA’s MyPlate as a reference for a complete meal

Grocery Shopping:

  • Take a portion of the list and retrieve those items
  • If old enough to drive, do a small grocery trip on own
  • Keep track of the money saved each week

Cooking:

  • Run the show as head chef! Put together a full meal and recruit family members to help as needed




4 Simple End of Summer Ways to Connect with Your Kids

Connect with Kids

Summer is winding down, but it isn’t over yet. These last few weeks of summer are the perfect time to have fun and connect with the kids in your life.


 

The Four E’s of Summer

Summer is almost over, which means kids still need activities to keep them busy, and school isn’t too far in the future. Consider the following steps to help you to create healthy, productive and, above all, fun activities for your children.

1. Encourage Proper Nutrition

The risk of childhood obesity and other health factors can be combated with proper eating habits. Give your children plenty of encouragement to stay healthy this summer. One activity that is great for encouraging proper nutrition (and it also helps build strong relationships by working side-by-side on a task) is gardening. Take your children to a local garden nursery and choose fruits and vegetables to plant in your garden. As you describe how the plant will look and how the fruit of the plant will taste, allow your child to pick the fruit or vegetable. When children are involved in the planting, growing and harvesting process their knowledge of healthy eating habits are greatly increased. Another great activity is preparing healthy foods and meals. Include your children in menu planning, grocery shopping, as well as food preparation for making delicious meals. Check out eatwellutah.org and extension.usu.edu/foodsense for more healthy eating ideas.

2. Enhance Creativity

Creativity is a very important process that helps a child gain powerful problem solving skills as well as exploring different ideas. Creativity can also lead to discovering hidden talents. A perfect activity to enhance your child’s creativity are crafts or DIY activities such as home and yard décor. Create different types of décor alongside your child, such as painting stepping stones or miniature figurines that can be placed in the home, flower beds, or gardens.

Remember an important part of creativity is allowing children to explore and play in a safe environment without restraints or distractions, with minimal guidance (i.e., let them get dirty and make a mess!). Use positivity as you accept and praise their creative projects, and limiting rejecting unusual ideas. Allow sufficient time for your child to explore all possibilities, moving from popular to more original ideas.

3. Encourage Mathematics and Literacy

Math and literacy don’t need to wait for school. Did you know students can lose up to a 1/3 of the knowledge they gained during the school year? Help you student retain all that hard-earned knowledge. Encourage your child to participate in as much mathematics or literacy activities as they can without overwhelming them. These activities can be anything that involve numbers, reading or writing, such as scavenger hunts, read-a-thons, cooking with recipes, library trips, or reading with your child for at least 20 minutes a day. Most local libraries provide lists of great read-aloud books for any ages, which can be a great source of entertainment for you and your children. By engaging your child in these activities, you are helping them to retain the knowledge they gained during the previous school year.

4. Extra Time with Your Child

To some adults, packing a picnic or going to the park may not seem like the most exciting way to spend their afternoon, but to a child it can bring so much joy and excitement to their day as well as make them feel special. Spending extra time with their child can make all the difference in the social, mental and emotional health of your child.

If you’re unsure about what activity your child would like to participate in with you, simply ask them. Commit to your child and set aside time to participate in that activity. By spending a few extra minutes or hours, you’re guaranteeing a stronger and prolonged relationship with your child.


This article was written by Whitney Trapp, former Family and Consumer Sciences summer intern and Mealanie D. Jewkes, Extension Associate Professor, Utah State University Salt Lake County Extension. Republished from 2015.

 


References

1. http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/05/30/12-free-or-low-cost-summer-activities-for-your-kids
2. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/nutrition/facts.htm
3. http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Creativity_Young/
4. http://pdk.sagepub.com/content/92/7/64.extract





Math Brain Games

Math Brain GamesMom and Dad may be ready for school to start again, but are your kids ready to trade in their pool towels for pencils and notebooks? Get their math brains going with these sidewalk chalk math games.


Sidewalk Chalk Hopscotch Math Games

Step 1 – Draw a large 5 x 5 grid on the ground using chalk.

Step 2 – Fill the squares with the numbers 1 to 25 randomly.

Step 3 – Gather children ages 3 to 9 and get hopping! Try the following hopping games to reinforce and practice arithmetic skills:

  • Number Sequencing – Hop on each number in order from 1 through 5, then 1 through 10, then 1 through 15, then 20 and then 25.
  • Odd/Even Numbers – Hop on the odd or even numbers in order.
  • Pre-subtraction – Hop on each number from 5 through 1, then 10 through 1, then 15, 20 and 25 through 1.
  • Addition – Start at 1 then add 2 each time, then 3, 4 etc. Repeat starting at 2, then 3 etc.
  • Subtraction – Start at 10, then subtract 2 each time, then 3, then 4. Repeat starting at 15, 20 and 25.
  • Times Tables – Hop through the 2, 3, 4 and 5 times tables.

For each game, start with easy questions so your children get a chance to enjoy the hopping and get some oxygen to their brains before tackling the harder questions. Stop while they’re still enjoying it. For easier games, try a 3 x 3 or a 4 x 4 grid. For math whizzes, try a 10 x 10 grid (but only if they draw it out themselves).  (Source: http://imaginationsoup.net?2011/03/17/hopscotch-math/)

Sidewalk Chalk Dice Game 

Draw 12 circles and write the number inside each one up to 12.  Then let your kids throw dice and add them up, and hop as many spaces as they rolled.

 Sidewalk Chalk Calculator Game

Draw an oversized calculator with chalk on the sidewalk or driveway.  To play, a person throws a stone on the calculator to indicate the number you have to jump to.  When you jump on the number on the calculator you have to figure out how to make the number (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division). For example, if the stone lands on 4, then you hop to the 2 and then multiplication sign, jump to 2 and then jump to the equal sign and hop back to the 4.
(Source: http://eisforexplore.blogspot.com/2012/05/kid-calculator.html?m=1)

Sidewalk Chalk Subtraction Game

Gather two bean bags and write numbers 1 through 25 on the sidewalk. Throw bean bags on two numbers and subtract the smaller number from the larger one to get the score for the round.
(Source: at:http://www.education.com/activity/article/sidewalk-chalk-subtraction/)


This article was written by Marilyn Albertson –USU Extension Associate Professor, Salt Lake County




10 Ways to Enjoy Wintertime

Author – Naomi Brower

 winter

Winter break will soon arrive. Consider some of these fun activities to keep restless kids busy and prevent you from pulling your hair out!

  1. Let it snow! Even if the snow hasn’t started to fall, you can create your own snow. Add baking soda and shaving cream together in a container for a fantastic mold-able snow that is naturally cold. For an added science experiment, add a little spritz of vinegar to make snowballs or snow explosions.
  2. Get crafty. Make snowflakes or paper chains to decorate the house, homemade stamps out of blocks and shaped rubber shoe insoles or carved potatoes to create your own homemade holiday cards, or a holiday card holder out of wide ribbon and clothespins. See our Pinterest Winter Inspiration board for lots of other winter craft ideas.
  3. Get cooking. Try a new recipe, make edible play dough, or create favorite holiday treats and share with neighbors.
  4. Use colored construction paper to dress each other up like a snowman, Christmas tree, Thanksgiving turkey, Santa Clause, etc.
  5. Build a fort/tower/castle out of large plastic cups or blankets. Make it a competition (who can build the longest, tallest, etc.)
  6. Have a scavenger or treasure hunt. For example, search for all the supplies necessary for a fun project, such as, building a fun fort.
  7. Play board games, race each other to complete simple puzzles, or get active by playing games such as Chinese jump rope.
  8. Put on a puppet show. For extra credit, create your own puppets out of socks or paper bags to tell a story of your own creation.
  9. Check out the free resources at your local library. In addition to the free classes or events the library often offers in the winter time, check out a video such as yoga, dancing, or karate and try something new!
  10. Make a memory book. Take pictures of the fun things you do during winter break or favorite pictures throughout the entire year and create a picture/scrapbook to remember all the fun things you’ve done together.

Sources:

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/01/erupting-snow-recipe.html

http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/rules-chinese-jump-rope-2617.html

brower, naomiNaomi Brower is an Extension Associate Professor for Utah State University. She has a Masters of Family and Human Development from Utah State University. Often called the relationship guru by friends, Naomi is passionate about helping others improve the quality of their lives through creating and strengthening their relationships with others.

 




5 Fun Fall Family Ideas

Author – Nikki Capener

5 Fun Fall Family Ideas | Live Well Utah

The cooling weather and changing seasons brings many opportunities to create family traditions. Family traditions strengthen families and create lasting memories. Here are five inexpensive and fun fall family traditions:

  1.  Head out for a scenic drive and enjoy the beautiful changing leaves. Better yet, take a hike or have a picnic while enjoying the scenery.
  2. Pumpkin bowling! Pick up a few small pumpkins at a local pumpkin patch or grocery store, set up some bottles or anything that might work for “pins” and start bowling.
  3. Create a Halloween candy house. Purchase graham crackers, frosting, and Halloween candy; assemble your house anyway you would like.
  4. Build a scarecrow. Scarecrows can be silly or scary. Build a scarecrow using household items and set it out in the yard.
  5. Rent or purchase a Halloween movie and watch it as a family.  For a yummy treat to sip on while you watch, make a batch of orange hot chocolate.

Orange Hot Chocolate: 10 Servings

Ingredients:

12 oz. white chocolate
8 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Orange food coloring
Peeps ghost marshmallows (optional)

Directions:

  1. Coarsely chop the white chocolate, transfer to a medium-sized heatproof bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat milk in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat until bubbles begin to form at edge of surface (about 4 minutes).
  3. Immediately pour heated milk over chocolate; when chocolate begins to melt, stir until combined.
  4. Whisk in vanilla and orange food coloring to desired shade. Whisk until a light foam forms on the surface.
  5. Pour and serve immediately.

Recipe from: Matthew Mead

Nikki Capener is a student at Utah State University studying family and consumer science education. She is the family consumer science intern in Box Elder County and has loved working with the Extension faculty and 4-H youth. Her experience working with Extension has been incredibly beneficial; she has learned so much while working with Ann Henderson. Her hobbies include running, cooking, sewing and making crafts.




10 Tips for Equipping Your Babysitter

Author – Shayna Savage

10 Tips for Equipping your Babysitter

Are you parents apprehensive when it comes to leaving your child in the care of a teenager? Babysitters may not know everything about how the household functions, but by discussing these topics with them, they will feel confident and comfortable while taking care of your children. That in turn should help you to feel more at ease when leaving your children in their care.

  1. Where you are going and how to reach you at all times. Simply knowing where you are and how to reach you will give a sitter a sense of confidence in knowing you can be reached if needed.
  2. When you expect to be back. This helps the sitter in planning activities and entertaining the children and makes it so that what time you come back is not a guessing game.
  3. General house rules and routines. Include any limits on TV, computer use, video games, playing outside, etc. This gives the babysitter an idea of how the household works so that children aren’t taking advantage of him or her.
  4. What meals and snacks to feed the kids. Although you may show the babysitters where the food is, some may feel apprehensive about what food they should use. Give ideas about what to feed your children.
  5. Let them know if the children have any allergies or medical issues. If these issues could occur while the babysitter is around, make sure to write down how to handle them properly.
  6. What to do If the child needs discipline. Let the sitter know your disciplining practices. This way the children don’t get mixed messages when you aren’t around.
  7. Specific hints for individual children. Let the sitter know special things the children love, things that calm them, activities they enjoy doing, etc.
  8. Expectations you have for the babysitter. Discuss such things as leaving the house with your child, driving with your child, whether the phone and visitors are off limits, etc.
  9. Emergency information. Let them know under what circumstances to call 911 before contacting you. Write down the phone number and address of your home. Make a list that includes neighbors, friends, relatives and your doctor.
  10. Safety rules. Not all sitters may know basic safety of children. Discuss such things as choking hazards, water hazards, electrical hazards, being left alone, answering the door, etc.

Shayna SavageShayna Savage is a Utah State University family and consumer science intern in Salt Lake County.  She is currently majoring in family and consumer science education at Utah State University.  One of her creative skills is teaching kids and adults to sew. She is conducting two 4-H Savvy Sewer Camps this summer.




Does Family Time Fit into My Schedule

Author – Kathy Riggs

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It’s time to face the facts — school is about to start and schedules are about to get busy for both parents and children. Mornings can soon become stressful as students try to locate homework assignments completed the night before, parents frantically make certain everyone is dressed appropriately, and everyone tries to have some sort of breakfast and be out the door on time. Add making lunches to that and mornings are anything but peaceful. Also, eating together as a family can become a thing of the past without careful and consistent planning since it will be easy to fill those hours with extracurricular activities or homework.

So how can families make time for strengthening family bonds and still be sure children have some extracurricular activities to help them build health and fitness, social skills and just have fun?

First, it is important to realize that more is not necessarily better. When parents equate the number of activities their children are involve in with good parenting, there can be negative consequences. If you want your children to gain skills and self-confidence, that’s commendable. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that too much structured time can contribute to anxiety, stress and depression in children and cause them to become self-critical perfectionists.

One suggestion before committing to extracurricular activities is to focus on what will be manageable for the entire family. When considering each potential activity of each family member, think about the time, cost and transportation involved as well as how it will affect you and your children. Even families with ambitious children may still wish to limit them to three activities—one artistic, one athletic and one social. This will allow for some unstructured time and time to spend together as a family.

Time together doesn’t need to be a huge formal affair every day. However, a number of studies have shown that families who take time to eat dinner together report stronger relationships and better grades. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University also found a link between families who eat together at least five times per week and a much lower risk of substance abuse.

So, you may already have plans in place for the school year to begin and have signed your children up for various types of activities before and/or after school. Go ahead and give the current commitments two to three weeks to test the waters and see how it works out. At that time, you may wish to sit down and do a quick evaluation by asking the following questions posed by www.schoolfamily.com:

  • Do your children enjoy their extracurricular activities? Do you enjoy them?
  • What does the activity accomplish?
  • Is it being done out of habit?
  • Do you feel like your children need to be in activities because everyone else is, too?
  • Do your children spend so much time in activities that you don’t know what else is going on in their lives?

You might also double check how often your family has had dinner together or spent time in the yard or playing games together. If your family time is suffering because of so many other activities, you may want to formally, as a family, decide to jump off the “fast train” and slow things down a bit.

Be reminded that jumping off one train doesn’t mean it’s okay to jump onto another. Learn to enjoy down time for reading, developing a hobby, performing service, playing together as a family or spending more time with a close friend or relative.

Slowing down on extracurricular activities doesn’t mean just sitting around watching television or playing games on the internet for hours at a time, either. On the other hand, imagine coming home from work/school and having time to “get organized,” run an errand or read the newspaper before having to think about preparing dinner. The children can play outside, listen to their iPods or visit with parents before homework time begins. Sounds like a great plan!

kathleen-riggs Kathleen Riggs is the Utah State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences professor for Iron County. She loves yard/garden work, where  her favorite tasks are weeding and mowing the lawn. Her favorite appliance is the microwave oven, and her specialty is microwave caramels. She  loves family time and occasions that bring everyone together from near or far.

 




Taking the Boredom Out of Family Time

Author – Natalie Noakes

Taking the Boredom Out of Family Time

Did you know there is an easy and enjoyable way to promote healthy living, increase academic success and reduce the chance of your child being engaged in substance abuse and violence?

Spending quality family time is more than something to do. It has been found that family activities such as frequent family dinners, leisure time together and open communication promote healthy behavior in children. Parents who consistently bring their family together for family activities are more likely to see an increase in academic success, and their children will be less likely to engage in substance abuse and violence.  (via Family Facts)

In the minute you have been reading this, you have probably heard those same complaints as above mentioned by your children who are begging you to get off your computer and help them think of something fun and exciting to do. So here are some ideas of family-centered places to go and things to see right in your backyard that won’t break the bank.

See the special sights that can only be found in Salt Lake City!

Wheeler Farm

Wander and explore the grounds at Wheeler Farm! Admission to the grounds is free, however activities on the farm such as wagon rides, milking cows and historic farm house tours have minimal fees. Visit their website for more information at:   www.wheelerfarm.com

Mountview Park

This park offers a variety of activities in the form of a splash pad and a playground. Parents can easily watch their children play away as the splash pad and playground are right next to each other. The park is located at 1651 Fort Union Boulevard in Cottonwood Heights.

Saltair

Considered to be the Coney Island of the west in 1893, the Great Saltair is a place rich in history and architecture. After surviving three fires throughout the decades, remnants of the old Saltair, such as pieces of plates, can still be found on the surrounding beach. Take children on a treasure hunt to find these old pieces of history and then float in the Great Salt Lake. Pack a lunch and it will be a day your kids always remember.

Gilgal Sculpture Garden

Hidden in the middle of a Salt Lake City neighborhood is this park that was once a secret garden that is still unknown to many locals. It contains sculptures and stones engraved with poems, scriptures and other text. Admission is free. It is located at 749 East 500 South in Salt Lake City.

Wasatch Front Jugglers

These jugglers practice for the public every Sunday at 5 p.m. They meet at Trolley Square in the Amphitheater at the South Entrance. Admission is free. Your children will be excited to see all the tricks this group of talented people can do while juggling.

Sweet Candy Company Tour

Experience a virtual tour with a personal tour guide and enjoy factory samples and interactive and educational stations. After the tour, visit the outlet store for some sweet treats. Tours operate by appointment only. For more information call 800-669-8669 or visit www.sweetcandy.com. The Sweet Candy Company is located at 3780 W Directors Row (1100 South) in Salt Lake City.

For more ideas of family activities that are available around the valley, visit cityguide.sheknows.com  and www.visitsaltlake.com/events/

 

Natalie Noakes is a Utah State University Extension family and consumer sciences intern in Salt Lake County. She will be graduating in August with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences and human development from Utah State University.

 




Bubbles, Paint & Hopscotch – Exciting Activities for Summer

Author – Shayna Savage
Bubbles, Paint & Hopscotch! Exciting Activities for kids in

Summertime leaves a lot of room for exciting activities such as pool parties, summer campouts, family reunions and road trips. But what about the days before noon, early Monday afternoons and warm evenings? Not every day is filled with a planned event, and your children (and yourself) will be looking for creative ideas to entertain each other. These simple activities can be achieved inside or outside and are inexpensive — not to mention they can be excellent  learning experiences and  fun for all ages.

DIY Sidewalk chalk paint
1 cup of cornstarch
1 cup of water

Mix the above ingredients together. Divide the paint into three containers and add liquid watercolors until you get the color you desire. Use paintbrushes to paint on the sidewalk, and et dry.

Variations:

Liquid Watercolor. Use watercolor palettes and drop each individual color chip into a small bottle of water and shake it to dissolve. This could substitute for all of the water in the recipe. Just split the powders and pour watercolor in accordingly. Food coloring or tempera paint could be options as well.

Fizzy Chalk. Use ½ cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of baking soda. Mix ingredients. Paint on sidewalk and let dry. Pour two packets of Kool-Aid into a spray bottle and fill with water. Spray onto dried sidewalk paint and watch the chemical reaction of an acid and a base. Found via LearnPlayImagine.

Chalk Paint Strings. Put a couple extra tablespoons of cornstarch in the mixture until it forms a solid when handled quickly and a liquid when left alone. Use spoons to scoop paint and pull it along in “strings.” When it is pulled it will be a solid, but when pulled slowly or left alone it will be a liquid and will spread out.

Dry Ice Bubbles. Pour warm, soapy water over a piece of dry ice in a bowl and watch as bubbles form. Pop the bubbles and observe the magic that occurs.

Hot Glue Rubbings. Cut a box or file folders into squares while glue gun heats. With the glue gun, draw letters, numbers, pictures, etc. on the squares and allow to dry. Let children lay plain paper over the picture and rub a crayon across to create the picture.

Soft as a Cloud Play Dough. Mix together 1 cup conditioner and 2 cups cornstarch. Add food coloring. Shape, mold and manipulate! Found via PagingFunMums.com.

Bubble Wrap Hopscotch. Cut bubble wrap into 10×10 inch squares and number them 1-10. Place the bubble wrap on the ground and play hopscotch!

Candy Science. Discover what happens when sour candy and baking soda are mixed together. Sour flavoring comes from citric acid and baking soda is a base. Pour a tiny amount of water over a piece of sour candy (sour patch kids, lemon heads, war heads etc.) in a cup; just enough to dissolve slightly. Pour a small amount of baking soda into the container and watch closely as a quick reaction occurs. Experiment with different scenarios.

Shayna SavageShayna Savage is a Utah State University family and consumer science intern in Salt Lake County.  She is currently majoring in family and consumer science education at Utah State University.  One of her creative skills is teaching kids and adult to sew.  She is conducting two 4-H Savvy Sewer Camps this summer.