Posts Tagged ‘kid friendly fun’

Crispy Rice Worm Treats

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Bunny PotholderCelebrate Keep Kids Creative Week with this fun twist on crispy rice cereal treats. There are a lot of variations on the crispy rice treat recipe. Use your favorite, or you can use this one.

You Will Need:
1/4 C butter
5 C crispy rice cereal
1 10oz pkg. marshmallows
fruit leather
plastic wrap
googly eyes
pipe cleaners

Melt butter.
Add marshmallows and melt.
Add crispy rice and mix well.
Spread into a lightly greased pan.
Using buttery hands, mold the rice mixture into worm shapes.
Add three strips of fruit leather to each worm.
Secure overlapping ends with a dot of water.
Wrap worms in plastic wrap.
Add two googly eyes to each.
Loop a pipe cleaner around the worm’s neck and twist it together at the top.
Curl the ends into antennae.

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Watermelon Seed Spitting Week

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Summer In America PrintOn your mark. Get set…spit?

It’s watermelon seed spitting week. Ostensibly to try and beat the world record for watermelon seed spitting set in 1989 by Lee Wheells at 68 feet, 9 1/8 inches, it’s a good week to kick back and savor the cool, wet goodness that is watermelon.

Now that the kids are officially out of school, get the neighborhood together and run your own contest. Set up a “spitway” up to 15 feet wide and 100 ft long. Mark a starting line and keep a long tape measure handy.


  • If the seed lands outside the boundaries, the contestant is disqualified.
  • The contestant may get a running start, but their foot may not cross the starting line.
  • Each contestant gets 2 spits, just in case one goes out of the bounds.
  • Record the distance of each spit, based on the seed’s final resting point.
  • Whoever has the farthest seed on the spitway, wins.

Spitting Tips

  • Pick a large, black seed. Since it’s heavier, it’s more likely to bounce once it hits the ground, increasing the distance. Heavier seeds overcome wind and friction better as well.
  • Stay hydrated. A moist mouth and seed provide less friction upon launch.
  • Get a running start. Any movement can provide momentum and a more powerful spit. Besides, it makes for a more fun event, just don’t cross the starting line and don’t let any spinning cause you to miss-fire and shoot the seed out of bounds—or at your friends. Also beware laughing as you can inadvertently swallow your projectile.
  • Tilt your head upward and blow hard. A good trajectory can increase distance as can sheer force.
  • Loosen up.
  • Some people roll their tongue while spitting the watermelon seed to get a stronger burst of air. Make a shoot with your mouth for the seed to come out of, almost as if you’re preparing to whistle.

Have a great summer of fun!

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Summer Vacation and the Civil War Sesquicentennial

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Gettysburg Address PrintDid you know that 2011 is the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War? It provides a great opportunity for educational family fun this summer with reenacting and other events happening all over the country.

Living history is a great way to get kids excited about their own history. Reenactors and local history groups are pulling out the stops this year and will be on-hand to answer questions and demonstrate what it was like to live in the late 1800’s as well as how it felt in the trenches.

Check out for events, podcasts and more. For those battlefields that are under the domain of the National Park Service, it’s well worth picking up one of their 25th anniversary passports so the kids can get stamps from the places they’ve visited. Or create your own “passport to history” and make a game of these summer-long activities.

So whether you’re into full-fledged battle reenactments, urban stories and events, or biographical museums on the key players, there’s something fun happening all over the country, all summer long.

Also check out this 20 page pdf courtesy of Civil War Journeys.

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