Every week, join us for five new activities to add to our already huge list of over 250! We love to post free and low cost activities for you and your family to enjoy! If you have any ideas, send them our way. We can’t believe we’ve made it this far and look forward to getting to 500!

255. MAKE ICE POPS

Me and my son have been having so much fun making ices, which are coming in handy now that the weather is getting hotter. We like trying a variety of different flavors but you can make ices however you like. The basic recipe is to pick your desired liquid flavor (e.g., lemonade); pour it into a ice cube mold; cover tightly with plastic wrap; poke a toothpick into each cube. Here are 100 tasty recipes! 40 are from Country Living. 30 are from Martha Stewart and another 30 from Epicurious. It’s always cool to see liquids convert to solids. In ours, the sugar seems to rise to the top. Seems like there is definitely a science project there. For the gourmet oriented folks out there, try these crazy combinations: Watermelon, Chili and Basil Ice Pops, Cocoa Colada Ice Pops, Grilled-Peach and Almond Ice Pops, Blueberry, Thyme and Sweet Cream Ice Pops, and Honeydew Melon and Cilantro Ice Pops. If you want variety using a simpler approach, follow our lead with these 22 flavors of Kool-Aid. We make one set of ice pops each week!

254. MAKE YOUR OWN STICKERS

Think this is just for kids? Think again. How fun would it be to make your own stickers to label your drawers, notebooks, files, and more! The simplest way is to pick up some white or clear contact paper from your local store (hardware or home goods stores are sure to have some). Then use a permanent marker (in fun colors ideally) to draw or write whatever you would like and cut them out! Want something a bit more challenging, try these 13 sticker projects!

253. TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

We all process information differently. Check out these resources for how to help your family process this new post Covid-19 world, especially now that schools will be deciding what they are doing this fall and kids may be more confused or upset than ever before. Some kids don’t want to talk about it. Some kids do want to talk about it nonstop. For younger kids it might be particularly difficult but here’s a cool cartoon to read with them that could help. For older kids, this might help. Here are some tips on how to handle these conversations.

252. MAKE A FORT

There are lots of ways to make a fort. Math definitely plays a role, but even the mathematically challenged can find a way. When I was a kids we made a fort by simply tucking our sheets into the headboard of our bed. But there are lots of more complex ways like this one if you like a challenge! Want all the fun of a tent but without the homemade part, try an actual camping tent for as little as $10. Have a little more money to spend ($23.50), these are amazing construction kits where kids can learn about architecture, engineering, and math all in one!!!

251. WRITE A FANTASY STORY

I know you think this is just for kids, but then how can you explain how J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series? So go ahead. Write your own fantasy story. Come up with at least five characters that aren’t simple humans. Add superpowers, physical characteristics, and languages and ways of speaking that are not typical. What types of personalities do they have? What are the relationships between each of the characters? What is the story line? What are they doing? Why? How? Who is the protagonist? Antagonist? What’s the plot twist? Have at it!

250-1. FUN ACTIVITIES

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