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Christmas in July

Right now at your local Walmart your going to find a whole clearance aisle of fun toys that are priced super low, how do I know this because I managed to snag some at my local Walmart store. My store had big Buzz Lightyear toys, an assortment of Ryan’s World Toys, Hatchimals, Paw Patrol, PJ Mask cars/figures, kinetic sand, and so much more. The majority of the toys were priced under $10 and they weren’t all the tiny surprise packs. The Ryan’s world toys were the surprise packs they rang in at $1 or lower. My boys are into fun science/projects at the moment and these were perfect; we got the surprise fizzy balls and the surprise slime tubs. This was a special treat as we don’t normally allow slime in our house.
Now since we are doing fun little projects in our house I thought we could share a surprise fizzy ball with you. They are the Ryan’s World Mystery Splasher Surprise the one we are using is purple in color this is important because each one has a unique fruity smell to it! These are NOT bath bombs! I wasn’t sure if it would stain so to be safe I use a dark cake pan but you could use what ever you want to use. It will stain the hands a little bit so you could wear gloves to protect your hands but it won’t hurt you unless you have an allergy to dye (this probably isn’t for you).


Every fizzy ball has a clue on the outside underneath the packaging that gives a hint of what is inside. Can you guess what we got in ours?

Let’s Get Started

What You Need:

  • At least one Ryan’s World Mystery Splasher Surprise Ball (the more the merrier).
  • A stain proof container that holds enough water for Fizzy Ball to dissolve in.
  • Water to dissolve the Fizzy Ball in.
  • A fun attitude!
  • Note: These are marketed for ages 3 years old and up (if your kid puts things in his mouth or likes to taste things this may not be for you!
  • Adult Supervision!

Directions:

  1. Open package.
  2. Place fizzy ball in a stain proof bowl that is filled with water.
  3. Watch the magic.
  4. Unveil the surprise inside.
  5. Enjoy!

I know this could seem a bit silly to do a how to on this sort of thing but my kids really enjoyed doing these and hearing an honest opinion from someone who has watched the excitement from her kids while unveiling the surprises inside these fizzy ball things may help you decide if its worth it. My boys enjoyed them so much I have spread them out over a few days so they have something to look forward to. These were on sale and since they are normally $4 I want them to get as much enjoyment out of these as possible; we don’t normally buy these sorts of things but for a buck it was worth it to buy a bunch! I have seen reviews over the product online and I mainly think it is because of the original price and at $4 original price I probably would only buy one maybe two if it was a birthday request. $4 for this isn’t super worth it but that’s why I encourage you to go check your local in store Walmart Clearance Aisle before they run out. These were a great buy and they are super fun, I loved seeing my boys faces light up!

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Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment

Trying to beat the summer heat has been full of a lot of indoor fun & activities. If you missed the last post you can check it out at the end of this blog post where I will link it. Today we did a science experiment for our activity using some simple items & ingredients in the kitchen. I remember making the baking soda and vinegar volcanoes growing up. It is exciting to see the mixture explode up high so I knew I had to share that experience with my kids.

The Science

The science behind the experiment according to Science Kids. “The baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a base while the vinegar (acetic acid) is an acid. When they react together they form carbonic acid which is very unstable, it instantly breaks apart into water and carbon dioxide, which creates all the fizzing as it escapes the solution.


What you need:

  • A bottle or container for the experiment (we used water bottles & to keep them from falling over we set them in some old formula containers)
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Food Coloring (Optional)
  • (2) Funnels

Note: we put ours in baking pans to help contain to mess as we did our experiments inside due to extreme heat but you could do this outside instead.

Instructions:

1) Set your container on the table or where ever you are doing the experiment. Make sure it is set up so it doesn’t fall over. Like I mentioned above we set our bottles down in some containers so they would be sturdier.

2) Next measure 1-2 Tablespoons out of baking soda and pour into the container with one of the funnels. (we used two funnels one for baking soda & the other for the vinegar).

3) This step is optional we added a couple drops of food coloring in the container on top of the baking soda to give it some color.

4) Now take the vinegar and pour it in the container until it bubbles up and out. We did not measure this out it was clear to see what was enough as I poured it, so use your best judgement.

5) Watch the reaction & repeat as many times as you want!

Get a parent to help with this experiment. This was a fun hands on project/experiment for my boys to do, they just needed supervision and guidance to do the experiment. They loved when the mixture shot up into the air!

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DIY Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars

During the month of July & into August before school starts I will be sharing fun at home projects to do with your kids. Most will be inside because it has been super HOT where we live and my boys have just become super bored lately. They are about done with summer and want to go back to school. I will be sharing some fun at home crafts/activities me and my boys will be doing along with step by step instructions and pictures so you can do them as well!
Summer with my kids has been pretty wild they are always looking for some sort of adventure so what better than making a pair of DIY pair of binoculars. My little guys love pretending to do just about anything and with this fun little craft they can use their binoculars for all kinds of adventures through out each day.

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars


What You Need

  • (2) Empty TP Rolls or (1) Empty paper towel roll cut in half per pair of Binoculars
  • Roll of String or Yarn. (Optional)
  • Scissors (if you need to cut a paper towel roll in half & for cutting string)
  • Tape or Glue (Elmer’s White Glue)
  • Decorative Paper, Stickers, Or Markers for decorating. (could even use paint)(or do what we did)

Directions

1) First you take your tp tubes and decorate them however you wish to decorate them. (We ended up combining steps 1 & 2 together by turning our white Elmer’s Glue into paint by adding food coloring to it. Then we used old brushes & painted the tubes, then stuck them together and let them dry).

2) Next Glue the two tubes together like the picture below. You will need to clamp them together applying pressure until the glue dries enough to set down for further drying and so it doesn’t come apart when you do set it down.

3) This last step is optional especially if you have little kids and are worried about strings being around their necks. For this step poke two holes in each of the outer sides of the tubes and measure the string needed by tying one end to one side of the binoculars and see how far you would like it to hang down. Cut the string at the desired length and tie the other end to the other side of the binoculars.


Enjoy New Kinds of Adventures

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Sanity Saving Home Activities for Kids

I have been trying to beat this summer heat wave we have been experiencing here in Iowa. It’s not summer in Iowa without the heat but it’s been very hot. Typically you just stay inside to cool down but like most people I am tired of being at home all the time! My house is always loud but this past couple weeks with this heat wave has been more than I can handle. My boys want to go outside but with how hot its been it’s just not plausible until it cools down just a bit. I as a mom am to the point where the regular inside activities are just not cutting it as both older boys keep asking when school is going to start back & I keep replying soon I hope. They are to the point that everything that is normally fun is just boring now! It is time for a change. I have come up with a list of new activities to do inside during this heat with my boys this summer! Hopefully this brings some much needed fun to our home and maybe yours too! I will be doing these one post at a time. The first craft is down below then will let you know what the next is at the end of this post!


DIY Glue Sun Catcher Craft by Betty Boiron at Mom Brite

Supplies Needed:

  • White Glue (Elmer’s)
  • Food Coloring
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic lid (the lid Should be flexible enough so you can bend it to get the finished sun catcher out)
  • Hole Punch (I don’t have one so I just poked a hole big enough for string in the lid)
  • String
  • Foil or Parchment Paper (optional)

Instructions:

Note: Before me and my kids started the project I put foil down on the table as a table protector, you can use parchment paper or newspaper as well. Foil worked great!

1) Fill up your lid with the glue. (Enough to cover the surface of lid)

2) Add in about 3 drops of food coloring colors of your choice.

3) Using the toothpick swirl the food coloring into the glue, like so.

4) Now you will need to let the glue dry. Drying time will vary depending on how much glue you used. 2-3 days or longer.

5) Once glue is dry (when edges of glue start to peel), pop the sun catcher out of the lid very carefully.

6) Punch a hole in the sun catcher and add in string so that you can hang it up some place sunny.

Note: Our sun catchers some how got tilted during the drying process on the shelf I put them on they look a little wonky but still turned out pretty cool looking. Ours took about 3 days to dry completely. For the “string” I used an old onion bag cut into strips. I will be doing this one again because it got messed up but still wanted to finish writing this as it’s been three days already. Me and my boys still had a lot of fun with this even though it turned out wonky!
(the bigger the lid the more it will curl up)

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