The Summer of Pinterest, Part 4 …
By Jacki Wood for the Nodaway News Leader
School’s been out for over a month now and you’ve heard your kids say “I’m bored” about 2,581 times. Right?!
You could probably use some new and easy ideas to keep them entertained and enjoying their summer break.
We can help with over 400 ideas on our Summer Fun Pinterest page.
I don’t have any little ones at my house anymore, so I asked my 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, and my 12-year-old niece, Jaden, to help some of my younger nieces, Zoe, Ailey and Kaiya, and a cousin’s daughter, Daycee, with a couple of summer fun ideas: Spray Sidewalk Chalk and Glow-in-the-Dark Bubbles.
Both activities were fun and simple but both had some #PinterestFail elements to them.
Spray Sidewalk Chalk
The idea for spray sidewalk chalk comes from GrowingAJeweledRose.com.
This mom of two writes: “liquid chalk makes a great spray paint for kids and is sure to keep them busy for a good, long time. The recipe is super easy, easily washes off of surfaces and the spray bottles are also great for fine motor development.”
Making the spray chalk was no problem and it easily washes off the sidewalk and other outdoor surfaces. Her recipe calls for food coloring or washable watercolors. She warned the food coloring may tinge clothing, so she advised to wear play clothes or use the washable watercolors.
Since we did this activity at a family reunion, I opted for the washable watercolors. The #PinterestFail part came because there wasn’t enough color added in each squirt bottle so their creations ended up looking all white. I think you need to add more than just a “few drops” if you choose the washable watercolors, like maybe 10 or even more drops.
I couldn’t find the watercolors locally so I ordered them on Amazon – Sargent Art Watercolor Magic which comes in a pack of 10 colors.
- Spray bottles
- Corn Starch
- Baking soda
- Food coloring or washable watercolors
- Optional: if you want to make the spray chalk art erupt, you will also want a few squirt bottles of vinegar (we didn’t try this but it sounds fun).
Fill the spray bottles 1/3 of the way with a baking soda and corn starch mixture, using roughly equal amounts of both ingredients. Add a few drops of food coloring or washable watercolors and then fill the bottles with very warm water.
Use a butter knife to stir the mixture as best you can and then place the spray spouts on and shake the bottles really well.
You will want to shake the bottles once more just before play, as some of the corn starch will settle at the bottom of the bottle.
This seems like a very simple activity from TheIdeaRoom.net. And I think it could and should be. But we had a couple of problems.
When we went to break the glow sticks to pour the liquid into the bottles of bubbles, we realized the glow sticks we purchased had small glass vials inside the plastic tube. These were the only ones at our local Wal-Mart.
So in trying to break or cut the glass vials, we ended up with broken shards of glass everywhere. But we were still able to get the liquid into the bottles so it all worked out okay.
The bottles lit up with the glowing liquid which was fun to see on a summer’s night. However, when the girls blew, the bubbles themselves didn’t glow very much. But the girls had fun with their bright bottles, so all in all, it was a fun and successful activity. Next time, I’ll try to find different glow sticks to use.
- Glow sticks
Break or cut open glow sticks. Pour contents into the bottle of bubbles. Shake well and have fun.
Additional ideas can be found on the NNL’s “Summer Fun” Pinterest page including games, activities, treats and more. Visit pinterest.com/nodawaynews/summer-fun/.