Saturday, August 5, 2017

Leader Enterprise - August 2, 2017 - Summertime Fun for Kids



Summer is nearly half over for school kids.  Have you already heard "I'm bored" more times than you care to count? Here's a list of some simple, fun activities to help woo them away from their electronics and enjoy the season. Encourage them to see how many things they can check off this list before school starts. 

-have a picnic
-watch a sunset 
-play tag with friends
-stargaze: see if you can find the Big and Little Dippers 
-run through the sprinklers 
-make popsicles 
-have a lemonade stand
-go for a bike ride
-visit the library
-bake something yummy
-fly a kite
-camp in the back yard 
-play in the rain
-catch fireflies
-do cartwheels
-blow bubbles
-draw a picture 
-bake cookies for a neighbor
-learn to juggle
-make a fruit smoothie
-play a game
-read a book 
-make shadow puppets with your hands
-send a letter in the mail to a friend (bet they'll be surprised!)
-do a random act of kindness
-visit relatives
-offer to help a neighbor with a chore
-call your grandparents to ask how they're doing
-have a water balloon fight
-write a story
-have a family game night
-learn a magic trick 
-write a thank you note to someone in your family 
-play at the park 
-lay in the grass and find shapes in the clouds 

Here are some simple ideas for kids to have fun in the kitchen and maybe even help cool them down. 


FRUIT PUNCH SLUSH 

1 - 20 ozs. bag of frozen mixed fruit (peaches, mango, pineapple, strawberries, or your favorite mix)
2 - 3 cups 100% juice fruit punch 

Place frozen fruit in blender.  Pour 2 c. fruit punch over fruit and begin to blend. Add up to another cup of juice to get the texture you want. Blend until no large pieces remain. Serve and sip!  Yield: about 4 servings 
OCEAN FLOATS 
Fill each glass about 2/3 full of bright blue drink for water in each float. (Blue Hawaiian punch or blue sports drink). Add some lemon-lime soda, but save room for some ice cream. Add 2 scoops vanilla ice cream to each glass and let it begin to melt. Add 2 gummy fish or sharks to float in the top - add a straw and enjoy. 
You could try orange soda instead of root beer for a creamsicle blast!
2-INGREDIENT ROOT BEER FLOAT POPSICLES 
Root Beer
Vanilla ice cream
Popsicle Mold or disposable paper cups
Popsicle sticks (if not included with mold) 
Make sure root beer is cold. You're going to alternate layers of ice cream and root beer in the mold, allowing the foam to die back before pouring more to fill molds to the top. Be careful because it will foam up, so pour slowly. (Be sure to clean up the overflow). Insert sticks and freeze overnight. (If using cups, cover with foil, then poke stick into popsicle to hold them still. Run hot water over mold quickly to release popsicles.  Enjoy! 
I look forward to seeing you at Bean Days.  Please stop by the Leader office for a taste of my beans

"I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanky.”― Kellie Elmore