Child Care

Summertime Mondays

By now the novelty of summer is starting to get a little “old,” and the kids are starting to run out of ideas for things to do.  Here are a couple of projects from the Family Fun magazine I just received in the mail.  Enjoy!


Printing with Solar Power:   Use loops of tape on the back side of a piece of construction paper to attach it to a table in a sunny spot outdoors.  Have your child choose some small fun objects to lay on the paper.  You can secure lightweight items with more tape loops.  Leave the paper with the objects in place for 4 to 5 hours, checking occasionally to remove any blown grass or leaves.  Try not to move the objects; by examining the paper you’ll be able to see when the print is sharp and finished.

            What’s happening?  The same rays of sunlight that can burn skin is causing a chemical reaction in the paper’s colored dye.  The reaction causes the dye to break down and fades its brightness.

            What to print?  Letter magnets, nature finds, school supplies, action figures, kitchen tools.  Let your child’s imagination run wild!


Marshmallow Delights – without the need for a campfire: 

1.  Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in a small bowl (check the package for directions).  Place ½ cup crushed graham crackers in another bowl.  Line a tray with parchment paper.  Quickly dip one marshmallow at a time in the chocolate then in the cracker crumbs and let them cool on the tray.  You should have enough for 12 treats.

2.  Teddy Bear Crunch:  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Mix 2 cups chocolate Teddy Grahams with ¾ cup mini marshmallows and spread out on the tray.  Melt ½ cup white chocolate chips and drizzle over the other ingredients.  Let cool, then break into pieces before serving.

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