Send your Kids a Secret Message with this Ingredient

Monthly contributor post from Kristen of Celebrate Every Day with Me!

send your kids a secret message with this ingredient

Mysteries.  Spies. Secret Messages.

It seems playing spies is a right of passage in childhood.  Even my four year old daughter will stand outside a door wearing sunglasses and then with a sneaky look, she’ll peel down her shades and slide against the wall.

Do your kids play spy too?  Well Mom, now is your chance to enter their world of imagination.

Your mission:  Send a Secret Message to your Kids.  

After reading this ebook, I learned that you can make a secret message with baking soda.  How did I live this long and not know this?  All you need is equal parts of water and baking soda, q-tips and printer paper.   You’ll also need a candle when it is time for your kids to reveal the message.

baking soda for secret messagebaking soda mix for secret message

Make your baking soda and water mixture.  Then with your q-tip, write a message on the paper. Allow to dry completely.

When dry, grab your kids and a candle.  For added safety, I chose a votive holder with a very low candle, making it impossible for my kids to touch the flame with the paper.   You’ll have to use your own judgement as to the capability of your children with an open flame.

deep holder

Hold the paper over the candle, allowing the dried writing to heat up and brown.  Even I got a couple scorch marks, so I would suggest doing this outside.

apply heat for secret messagecan you read this secret message

This was such a fun activity!  My kids were thrilled with the reveal of each new letter on their secret messages.

Now, this device will self-destruct in 30 seconds.  Okay, just kidding…

Kristen Summers-squareKristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.

Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve:  99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others.  On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.

 

Cooking with Kids: Flip Flop Cookies

I found this idea for Flip Flop cookies over at Family Fun.  They are easy-to-make and a fun project to do with your kids!  We’ve made them for several birthdays and summer picnics.

You can pin this Flip Flop cookie recipe on Pinterest here.

Flip Flop Cookies Recipe

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Vienna Finger, Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies, or Nutter Butter Cookies
  • Frosting
  • Licorice (we used Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel)
  • Round candies (M&Ms, Skittles, etc.)
  • Food coloring
  • Knife
  • Sprinkles (if desired)

1)  Choose what color you want your flip flops to be frosted.  Use the food coloring and tint the frosting.  Spread the frosting on the cookies.  Add sprinkles (if desired).

2)  Cut licorice pieces between 1 – 1.5 inches.  Place two pieces in a V shape on each cookie.

3)  Add a round candy at the point of the V shape on the licorice.

Easy!

DIY Clothespin Flags: 10 Games & Activities

Shared by monthly contributor, Kristen of Celebrate Every Day with Me:

diy clothespin flags - 10 games & activities

Have you ever played flag football?  No?  Me either.  But I love the idea of flag football instead of all that crazy tackling.  And I love the flags for all the different things you can do with them.

Today, I have a little DIY version of the flag football flags…Is that a mouthful or what?  This is a simple craft with many uses.  In fact, I have 10 great ideas for games and activities.

But first, let’s make our flags.

DIY Games and Activities with Clothespin Flags

You will need:  

  • Clothespins (I get mine from the Dollar Tree)
  • Spray paint
  • Scrap fabric
  • Hot glue gun

I had all these items on hand which makes a project even more fun!

How to Make:  Spray paint your clothespins.  Cut your fabric and hot glue to the clothespins.  My fabric is over 21″ long.  Traditional flags are just over 15 inches long.  Don’t you love how simple these are?

how to make clothespin flags with 10 games and activities.

If you don’t want to make clothespin flags, we also have a flag football set like this one.

10 Clothespin-Flag Games & Activities:  

1.  Flag Tag - Give each player 1-5 flags.  When a player’s last flag is pulled, he or she is out.

2.  Parents Bridge & Grab - Have the parents (or two players) create a bridge by holding one set of hands.  The players have to run under the bridge, while the parents try to grab flags with their free hand.

3.  Partner Tag - Have players separate into pairs and link arms.  Play tag and try to grab other teams’ flags.  The team with the most accumulated flags wins.

4.  Hide & Seek Flags - Hide the flags in the yard with at least a small part visible.  The team finding their flags first is the winning team.

diy clothespin flags for obstacle course

5.  Bike & Kite - Attach flags to the kids’ backs and send them riding, turning their flags into little kites.  Photo opp!

6.  Human Scorekeeper - Whatever yard game you are playing, clip the clothespin flags to the mom or the kids as a way of keeping score.  I bet you’ll hear some giggles over this one.

7.  Flag Countdown - Going on vacation or have a fun summer activity planned?  The clothespin flags can be clipped to a tablecloth, lampshade, clothesline or other item to help your kids count down to fun.

 8.  Sprinkler Zone Collection - Set a time for 20 seconds and send your kids running through the sprinkler to collect as many flags as possible.  Clip them to trees, bushes . . . whatever is near them getting wet.

obstacle course with DIY clothespin flags

9.  Team Relay Race - Use the clothespin flag like a baton to pass from one player to the next as the run a pre-determined course.

10.  Obstacles & Flags - Create a fun obstacle course for your child to run through, grab the flags and return.  Fastest time wins!  And incidentally, obstacle courses can be super simple yet still be fun.  Use trees to run around, hula hoops to hop through and bikes to ride from here to there.

And because I just can’t stop there . . .

11.  Open Flag Season - If you have a large open space such as a field or yard (even the woods could work!), place the clothespin flags all around the perimeter of the space and let the kids try to see who can collect the most.  Blow a whistle when time is up.

Looking for other summer fun activities?  Check out this post It is my kids’ favorite day of the summer.

 

Kristen Summers-squareKristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.

Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve:  99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others.  On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.

 

DIY Kerplunk Game for Kids

101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest Funnest EverI’ve been sharing and coming up with kids activities for several years now, so I will be the first to admit, I am not easily impressed by most kids activity books.  However, I do have to say that after receiving and looking through this new book 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters! by Holly Homer and Rachelle Miller of KidsActivitiesBlog.com, I am impressed!!  Not only does it include many ideas I think are “classic” (like my craft stick puzzles), it also has some new activities I haven’t tried before!  This book really is perfect to give as a gift or to keep for a quick reference when you need an activity to do with the kids.

I thought it would be fun to pick an idea and share how it turned out, so the girls and I picked out an activity called Watch It Fall.  When I saw it, I was reminded of the game Kerplunk that my girls got for Christmas.  It was pretty easy to set up, and it was just as fun as the original Kerplunk game (and quite a bit cheaper)!

DIY Kerplunk Game

DIY Kerplunk Game for Kids

Supplies:

  • Wooden Skewers
  • Pom Poms
  • Strainer

1)  Fill the bottom of the strainer with pom poms.  We filled ours about 2/3 of the way.

2)  Poke wooden skewers through the holes and across the strainer.  Continue with about 12 – 15 skewers (until no pom poms fall out when you turn over the bowl).

diy kerplunk game

To play:  Turn the strainer upside down and place it on two books.  Take turns pulling out the skewers.  Keep the pom poms that fall out when you pull out the skewer.  The person with the least amount of pom poms at the end of the game is the winner!

I’m adding this idea to our 101 Days of Summer Fun for Kids!