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The Little Spark – 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity By Carrie Bloomston – Now Available for Pre-Order!

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My creative practice is featured in this book. Please pre-order and buy this amazing book as holiday gifts by my delightful friend and fellow Phoenician Creative Carrie Bloomston.

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I saw this great idea on Pinterest and knew I had to make one myself. I had everything on hand and whipped it up in about an hour with drying time over night for the lid to glue using E-6000.

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Inspired by a couple of our favorite books about balloons including Balloon Farm and You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum we decided it was only fitting to dedicate some summer camp time to exploring balloons.

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We had the hopes of creating a homemade hot air balloon but after visiting three different locations and being told there was no helium available due to a recent mine closure we knew we needed to talk about balloons even more! We had a lot of fun experimenting with simple latex balloons.

We played balloon games, watched movies about balloons including UP and Balloon Farm and checked out more books about balloons from the library. We drew a lot of pictures of balloons, hot air balloons, run-a-way balloons and live balloons with faces and we also ate balloon inspired meals. We conducted experiments with heat, fire, baking soda and lemons. We tested our our human produced electricity and we made water balloons for an outdoor water balloon fight. Here are some highlights of the balloon experimental fun we had.

Click HERE to check out all previous summer camp action.

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101_8280Baking soda and lemon juice really do create a gas that blows up a balloon!

101_8284If you fill the bottom of a balloon up with a 1/4 cup of water it actually won’t pop when placed over a flame!

101_8287An empty soda bottle placed in a pan of boiling water really will blow up a balloon the is stretched over the top of the bottle!

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101_8291Cool Summer water balloon fight!

 

Happy 4th of July!! This year we made red, white and blue star cookies for our holiday picnic.

Enjoy your holiday celebration with your family and friends today!

At home summer camp is back for 2013. Click HERE to check out all the camp action from last summer. This year we kicked things off with Dinosaur Summer Camp. We gathered all of our dinosaurs then made a trip to the dollar store for fake plants and a bowl for the lake – we lucked out in finding a perfect blue tinted plastic bowl. We stopped by the hardware garden center to pick up rough bricks, two different size stones and sand box sand. We already had square metal garden trays and fake grass on hand. This was a great time in the construction and an even better time playing with our backyard dinosaur enclosure.

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We made ‘Dinosaur’ Eggs out of flour and coffee grounds. Grab the recipe here: Coffee Dough Dinosaur Eggs.  We filled  the eggs with treasures and baby dinosaurs, then allowed them to dry outside in the sun and overnight. Then we smashed the eggs with our biggest toy dinos to crack them open.

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We played dinosaur games, checkout dinosaur movies and books out of the library. We held who can roar the loudest contests and drew a lot of dino pictures. Also also ate several dinosaur inspired meals. Keep scrolling to see dino pancakes, sandwiches, green eggs for leaves and snack with dinosaur bites taken out of them.

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