End of Summer Fun

Posted By Lisa Loyd / August 20, 2014 / , , / 0 Comments

Now that the summer is winding down, I find that it is an excellent time to bring the kids out to the beach for a truly relaxing weekend. The crowds are abating, the breeze is starting to pick up, but the water is still perfect to splash around in. Here are some fun activities that keep my children entertained (for a few minutes at least) and I hope they work for yours too!

Build a Sand Volcano

All you have to do to form the volcano is take a beach bucket and pack sand up and around it. Continue adding sand until the bucket is fully covered and the desired shape is formed.  The bucket makes the perfect core, and you most likely always have one on hand when playing in the sand or visiting the beach.  I have found that using a taller, skinnier bucket produces the perfect volcano shape. I fill the bucket acting as the core 3/4 of the way with sand so that it takes less baking soda and vinegar to make it fully erupt.  Add up to a cup of baking soda to the volcano, pour in the desired amount of vinegar, and then  BOOM!!! Just kidding, it bubbles over really nicely though. Also, the vinegar comes in handy in case there is a jellyfish sting..

Add food coloring to make it look like hot lava!

Add food coloring to make it look like hot lava!

Ocean in a Bottle

Is everybody sad that they can’t bring the beach home with them? Why don’t you keep the magic alive with an Ocean in a Bottle? It gives the 2 liter plastic bottle a reason to exist and it is a really easy craft. I am not a crafty person so this works out great for me and the rest of my family too. Here’s a list of materials:

  • Empty two liter plastic bottle with lid
  • Clear vegetable oil or mineral oil
  • Water
  • Funnel
  • Blue food coloring
  • Shells and other treasures that have been found at the beach that will fit
  • One tsp glitter
  • White craft glue
  • Hot glue

Here’s what you do:

1. Wash and dry two-liter bottle and remove all labels.

2. Fill bottle halfway with tap water.

3. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and swirl around to mix.

4. Add glitter.

5. Add sea treasures.

6. Fill bottle the rest of the way with vegetable oil using a funnel.

7. Be sure that rim and cap are dry, then apply white craft glue around the rim. Seal cap.

8. Use a layer of hot glue around the outer edge of the cap for added protection from leakage.

9. Turn bottle on its side and gently rock the bottle to create a “wave” inside your ocean habitat!

You don't have to use a 2 liter and plastic sharks make them way cool.

You don’t have to use a 2 liter and plastic sharks make them way cool.

Bubble Snakes

I have not actually tried this but it looks hilarious. I was killing some time on Pinterest and I came across what appeared to be several children foaming at the mouth. Concerned that people had been pinning children with rabies to the walls full of summer time activities, I decided to investigate. Apparently the children were actually making something known as Bubble Snakes and it looks fun, inexpensive, and easy…right up my alley…

1.  Gather your supplies ~ an empty plastic bottle, a piece of terry cloth fabric  and a rubber band.
 2.  Cut the bottom off your plastic bottle and cut your fabric into a circle.
3.  Assemble your Bubble Snake Maker by putting the fabric over the open bottom of your bottle and securing it with the rubber band.
4.  Put some dish detergent in a bowl and add a little bit of water.  Dip your Bubble Snake Maker in and you’re ready to go!
5.  Have fun making your Bubble Snakes!!  After dipping into the soap mixture, gently blow into the mouth of your bottle.  A slow, gentle stream of air will create a long chain of bubbles.  ( Just don’t inhale, or you might get a mouthful of bubbles ~ yuck! )

Ew Gross!! Oh wait...It's just bubble snakes.

Ew Gross!! Oh wait…It’s just bubble snakes.

 

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