Make a Neighborhood Safari for Earth Week

This is a sponsored post.

It’s Earth Week! 🌏 We are very excited to partner with National Geographic to celebrate Earth Week by having a “Neighborhood Safari” at home!⁣ National Geographic is encouraging families across the globe to bring the wonders of the wild world to their very own neighborhoods with an Earth Day Neighborhood Safari, as a way of staying connected with both nature and each other.

The kids and I had the best time creating this Jungle Safari in our front yard so that everyone in our neighborhood could enjoy it this week. We had more fun with this activity than we have had in weeks, we really needed this time to create together as a family. We used chalk to create a jungle map with fun obstacles through our front yard, complete with monkeys, elephants, tigers, snakes and crocodiles.

Also, during Earth Week (April 17-22), NatGeoathome.com is offering some extra special programs to inspire families to celebrate the planet from home. From engaging animal videos and DIY projects, to daily live talks from National Geographic Explorers, National Geographic has set up a virtual base camp to keep the spirit of exploration and adventure strong for kids. So make sure to check those out. I am sure we all could use a dose of animal cuteness. ⁣So make sure to head over to National Geographic to check it all out.

Our Jungle Safari Obstacle Course!

Here is a video of the kids going through our entire neighborhood “Jungle Safari Obstacle Course.” Isn’t it fun?!!!

How Did We Make Our Neighborhood Safari?

We started off by searching our house for any stuffed animals that would be seen in the jungle, and placed them around the Safari obstacle course. We found some tigers, and elephant, a crocodile pool toy and a lizard.

I loved making the moneys and jungle vines. We used fabric scraps for the vines. Just ripped the fabric into strips and tied it to a long piece of twine. I found a template for this monkey online. You might recognize it from the “Barrel of Moneys game.” I cut out a bunch of them from brown cardstock. They hung so perfectly from the vines…it was so cute!

Then we made these binoculars from paper towel rolls and construction paper. First we wrapped the colored paper around each of the rolls, and then we taped them together. We used a hole punch to make a hole on each side of the binoculars, and tied on soft twine for the neck strap.

Our next stop on the Jungle Safari Obstacle Course was an Elephant Ring Toss Game. We make the elephants from random boxes we’ve been collecting. The flaps were the ears, and we glued a cardboard tube on the front to make the elephant trunks. After that, we painted everything gray and added black eyes once dried. The rings were just made from crumpled up kraft paper.

Sidewalk chalk worked perfectly to map out the jungle safari course and make different sections to enjoy to different jungle scenes. Our main scenes were the monkey vines, the tiger area, elephant ring toss, snake hurdles, crocodile swamp and snack table.

For the snake hurdles, we used pool noodles. To make the zig zag design and the eyes, we used black electrical tape. We cute the noodles with scissors to create tapered tail and head, and glued a ribbon into the hole for the tongue.

We added fun elements to make our jungle obstacle course more exciting such as “RUN!” when you get to the crocodile.

At the end of the obstacle course, I wanted to add a jungle safari themed snack table for the kids to enjoy after all our hard work. I also added water and called it the “water hole.” The kids loved all the fun jungle themed snacks, which we ate all up. We did leave some bananas, oranges and water out for our neighbors to enjoy though!

Now it’s your turn! I’d love for you to join in and design your own safari stop with your own kiddies. You can create a jungle safari obstacle course like ours, or do your own take on a neighborhood safari – decorate your front door, garage door or cars, chalk your driveway, make a bird feeder, etc. If you need some resources, head over to NatGeoatHome.com. ⁣

And please encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Wouldn’t it be cool to have your whole neighborhood participate? And be on the lookout, Nat Geo will be creating a feed of “safari art” to help bring neighborhoods all over the world together during this moment of isolation. Make sure to tag your creations on Instagram with #NatGeoEarthDayAtHome.

Happy Earth Week!!!!
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Fun Science Experiments to Inspire Boys AND Girls to become Scientists

5 Easy Science Experiments for Kidsas you know, i am a mother of 3 boys. they have many aspirations and goals for their future. all three of them have mentioned wanting career in the field of science….which i think is awesome! i have no doubt that if they want to become a scientist, they will. but did you know that girls only have a 1 in 1,000 chance of continuing in science? i have five nieces. i want them to know, that if they love science, it could be in their future. that is why i have partnered with Green Works to bring you this post.

Green Works Cleaning Products

Green Works, the naturally sourced cleaner, is supporting girls in STEM programs to help the next generation of female scientists unleash their power and discover their #NaturalPotential. they believe that having science taught to our girls with female mentors, girls can picture themselves in the dream of becoming a scientist. inspired by their own female scientist founder, Green Works, in collaboration with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), are working together in a campaign to engage girls and inspire them to explore careers in science.

i would love for youth check out this video that discusses the Green Works STEM initiative. it’s very enlightening.

so, two of my nieces and i decided to have some science fun by recreating a few science experiments. these fun and easy science experiments were developed by the AAUW scientists, and incorporate the Green Works products i use. i have been using Green Works products everyday in my home for years. it’s a brand i have come to trust and depend on to keep my home clean and safe. i also love the fresh smell and that their prices are very reasonable for green products.

Fun Science Experiments for Girls

Rainbow Milk
materials needed:
• Milk (regular Whole milk works best)
• Green Works Dishwashing Liquid
• Food coloring
• 1 cotton swab (a Q‐tip works great)
• 1 plate

Milk Science Experiement

instructions to make rainbow milk:
Step 1: Pour a thin layer if milk onto the plate.

Green Works Science Experiements
Step 2: Place drops of food coloring randomly across the surface of the milk.

Fun Kids Science Experiments

Kids Fireworks Science Experiment
Step 3: Coat the tip of your cotton swab into Green Works Dishwashing Liquid.

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Step 4: Place tip of the cotton swab directly onto the food coloring and watch the colorful fireworks!

Explanation: While milk is mostly water, it also contains lots of fats, vitamins, and minerals. When you add dishwashing liquid to the milk, the soap’s hydrophilic (AKA water loving) and hydrophobic (AKA water fearing) ends react with the fat in the milk. The dishwashing liquid is the inspiration for the colorful fireworks that result from the milk and food coloring combo.

now, you can also try these fun experiments…..

Jumbo Bubbles
materials needed
• Water
• Corn syrup
• Wire (jewelry wire works great)
• Drinking straw
• Green Works Dishwashing Liquid
• Measuring cup
• Large bowl

instructions to make jumbo bubbles
Step 1: In a large bowl, combine 1 cup dishwashing liquid, 3 cups of water, and 1/2 cup of corn syrup.
Step 2: Cut off about 8 inches of wire. Make a loop at one end and twist the wire in place several times to hold the loop together. This is your bubble wand.
Step 3: Blow bubbles!
Step 4: For even more fun, try coating a cookie sheet in bubble solution. Dip your straw into the bubble solution and hold it just above the coated cookie sheet. Now, blow gently until you create a bubble dome!

Magic Pepper
materials needed
• Black pepper
• Water (room temperature is fine)
• Green Works Dishwashing Liquid
• 1 small bowl or plate

instructions to make magic pepper:
Step 1: Pour water into small bowl or plate.
Step 2: Pour black pepper into water, DO NOT STIR. The pepper will float.
Step 3: Take one small drop of Green Works Dishwashing Liquid and place a small drop on your finger tip. Slightly rub it in so that the soap is not dripping off of your finger.
Step 4: Place your finger tip in water and watch what happens!

Explanation: When you add detergent to water the surface tension of the water is lowered. Water normally bulges up a bit, like what you see when you look at a water drop. When the surface tension is lowered,the water wants to spread out. As the water flattens on the dish, the pepper that is floating on top of the water is carried to the outer edge of the plate.

Elephant Toothpaste
materials needed:
• Empty plastic soda bottle
• 1 teaspoon of yeast
• 2 tablespoons of warm water
• 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
• Small bowl
• Funnel
• Food coloring
• Green Works Dishwashing Liquid
• Tablecloth (in case of messes!)

instructions to make elephant toothpaste:
Step 1: Place your empty plastic soda bottle on the center of your workspace.
Step 2: In a small bowl, mix together your yeast and warm water until tiny bubbles form.
Step 3: Pour your hydrogen peroxide into the soda bottle using your funnel. Add food coloring and a squirt of Green Works Dishwashing Liquid
Step 4: Add your yeast and water mixture into the soda bottle. Watch toothpaste fit for an elephant start to ooze out of the bottle!

Explanation: The hydrogen peroxide naturally breaks down into oxygen and water. The yeast accelerates this process, making it break down faster. The dishwashing liquid “catches” the oxygen being release and creates a foam.

Fizzy Foam
materials needed:
• Standard drinking glass
• 1 tablespoon baking soda
• 1 tablespoon Green Works Laundry Detergent
• 3/4 cup of water
• 1/4 of white vinegar
• Food coloring
• Cookie sheet

instructions to make fizzy foam:
Step 1: Set the drinking glass on your cookie sheet. Add your vinegar and laundry detergent.
Step 2: Add your water and several drops of food coloring. Stir.
Step 3: Quickly add the vinegar. Watch as the foam fizzes and pops!

i hope you had as much fun as i did doing these experiments with your kiddies. and if you have a girl in your life who is interested in science, that you can let her know that scientists are not only men. girls can be our next generation of scientists too. thanks Green Works for the inspiration!

Girls Can Become Scientists

{ Disclousure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }

Make Your Own Smart Phone Speaker with a PringlesÂŽ Can

Tracking PixelRock Star Photo Shootmy boys are really into music. they get it from their daddy who spent many years in a popular band as one of the original members. although his rockstar days are over, his love for music continues and he has passed that love down to his children. that is why i was so excited to partner with PringlesÂŽ Summer Jam this summer. because, not only do we love great music, but we also love PringlesÂŽ!

this summer, PringlesÂŽ has unveiled its inaugural Summer Jam for music fans nationwide, giving them exclusive access to their favorite artists and unbelievable music content. PringlesÂŽ knows that people already use PringlesÂŽ cans as instruments, so they’re challenging music sensation M4Sonic and a group of musicians of varying styles and backgrounds – called the Percussion Prodigies – to incorporate the brand’s iconic can into a music extravaganza!

Pringles Summer Jam Contest

My boys are really inspired by music, especially when they see awesome videos like this one by the PringlesÂŽ Percussion Prodigies. all the instruments are PringleÂŽ cans. isn’t it RAD!!!!!

 

how fun would it be to make PringleÂŽ can instruments with your kiddies this summer. kids love hands on projects and what a fun afternoon you guys could have making fun homemade instruments and snacking on PringlesÂŽ!!! click here for some inspiration on how to make your own PringlesÂŽ can instrument.

there is nothing better than sitting in the backyard on a warm summer night and listen to music with your family and friends. a lot of times you are out at the park or all your music is on your smart phone. it can be hard to hear when there are lots of people around. but have no fear, you can easily make a DIY PringleÂŽ Can Smart Phone Speaker.

to make a DIY PringleÂŽ Can Smart Phone Speaker, you will need: an empty PringleÂŽ Can, scissors, knife, 4 beads and a hot glue gun. DIY Pringles Can Speakeruse a serrated knife to cut a slot for your phone to rest in. you don’t want to cut it too big. just big enough for your phone ti rest inside.How to Make a Pringles Can Speakeruse scissors to cut the remaining cardboard out of the PringlesÂŽ Can.Pringles Can Speakeryou will end up with something like this.Pringles Can Speaker Tutorialdouble check to make sure your phone will fit into the slot. you can widen the hole if you need to.DIY Pringles Can Speaker How Tofinally, glue the beads onto the base of the speaker with a hot glue gun. make sure to make them even so that your speaker won’t tip over and has a sturdy base. you can also use wine bottle corks, popsicle sticks or bottle caps. anything that you can glue on it to stabilize it.DIY Pringles Can Speaker Tutorialbefore you use the PringleÂŽ speaker, put about 5 sheets of toilet paper into the tube.DIY Smart Phone Speaker Tutorialthis will help with the sound.Smart Phone Speaker Tutorialyour DIY PringleÂŽ Can Speaker is complete!!!

DIY Pringles Can Craft

here is the finished product.

Homemade Phone Speaker

now that you have a fun speaker for your smartphone, it’s time to rock out to your favorite summer tunes! and don’t forget the PringlesÂŽ. your summer guests will love them. just pair with some of your favorite dips and some cold drinks. everyone is sure to have a great time playing name that tune and reminiscing the songs of their youth.

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Fun Family Music Ideas

{ This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PringlesÂŽ Summer Jam.}

Pringles Summer Jam

Valentine’s Day Strawberry Milk Gift | Free Printable

Free Valentines Day Gift Tags Printablethis month i participated in a dollar bin challenge with a group of bloggers. we found these glass test tubes at Michael’s Craft Store for $1.50 each in the dollar bins. each of us could do whatever craft we wanted with them, so i decided to make a Valetine’s Day gift with a free printable. i call my project, Valentine Strawberry & Hearts Milk Gift.

so you start off with a glass (or plastic) test tube that you can find at the craft store. make sure it has a lid that closes pretty good.valentines day test tube craftfor this Valentine Strawberry & Hearts Milk Gift, you need the test tubes, string or ribbon, strawberry milk powder, sprinkles, and the free printable tags and wraps printed on card stock and cut out.easy valentines day crafti used white card stock to print my tags and wraps out on, and then used a 1-1/12″ circle punch to cut the circle tags out, and a paper cutter to cut the wraps out. i also used a small hole punch to punch a hole at the top of the tags.
Valentines Day Gift Tags Free Printables

now, all you do is fill each test tube with the strawberry milk powder leaving about an inch of space at the top, then fill the rest of the test tube up with sprinkles. make sure to leave enough room for the cork or lid to seal the test tube, but make sure not to leave any extra space at the top or the sprinkles and strawberry milk powder will start to combine.

finally, tie the tag to the test tube, and stick the “just add milk” wrap around the test tube with double sided tape.Valentine Free Printablesthe final product are cute little Valentine Strawberry & Hearts Milk Gifts that you can give to friends for Valentine’s Day…or for any occasion for that matter.popsicle blog test tube strawberry milknow your friend can enjoy some festive pink milk with floating hearts or sprinkles to celebrate Valentine’s Day. i am so thrilled with how these turned out! pssst….i have included the free printable for you to download, enjoy!
valentine strawberry milkclick here for the Free Valentine’s Day Strawberry Milk Tags Printable

want to see what the other Bloggers for their test tube Dollar Bin Challenge?
check their links below….

Test Tube Craft Ideas-Dollar Bin Challenge

Dinah Wulf
How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

Monika from Life with Love Bugs
Decoupage Candy Holders

Tara from A Spectacled Owls
Love Potion No. 9 Valentine Printable

Kara Noel from Small Things are Big Things
Test Tube Candle 

How to Make Coca-Cola Bottle Reindeer

This is a sponsored post.Coke Bottle Reindeer tutorial w free printablemaking someone smile is a gift in itself, that is why i love making gifts to give to others. they don’t have to be extravagant gifts either, today i made these simple Coca-Cola Bottle Reindeer gifts with the boys. they turned out super cute, and had a lot of fun making them. we even decided to do something very special with them when we finished making them. hopefully this will help you get inspired to also make some smiles of your own.


to make these adorable Coca-Cola Bottle Reindeer, you will need: Classic Coca-Cola in glass bottles, pipe cleaners (green, gold or brown), google eyes, small red pom poms, and a glue gun. if you want to add the gift tags, you will need card stock, string, and a straw.Coke Bottle Reindeer instructionsfirst, you need to cut (2) 1-1/2 pieces off of the pipe cleaner.Pipe Cleaner reindeer antlersnext, twist the two small pieces of pipe cleaner onto the ends of the long piece of pipe cleaner. you are now ready to assemble your Coke Bottle Reindeer.Pipe Cleaner reindeerglue the eyes and nose onto the Coke bottle with hot glue. then attach the pipe cleaner antlers by placing them on the front of the lid…
Coke Bottle Reindeer
and then bending them towards the back and twisting together.

How to make a coke bottle reindeeryour reindeer is now complete.Coke Bottle Reindeer tutorial next, attach a fun straw to your bottle with a piece of string or ribbon, and then tie the gift tag with a bow. (you can download the free printable gift tags here)Coke Bottle Reindeer tutorial free printablelook how adorable these Coke Bottle Reindeer are!Coke Bottle Reindeer giftCoke Bottle Reindeer gift ideathe boys decided that they wanted to spread some #RealMagic through giving the Coke Bottle Reindeer to random holiday shoppers! they wanted to share a smile and spread the joy of the season through giving to others. i loved their enthusiasm to bring the magic to life through good deeds…something i have been really trying to teach them…and to try to help others experience a happy holiday season.

we took our Coca-Cola Bottle Reindeer and started to pass them out to holiday shoppers as they passed by. the boys were very excited at first, but then they got nervous. however, after they gave out the first reindeer and saw the smile it brought to that person’s face, they were even more excited to finish passing them out.

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it was a great activity to get my boys and those who received the reindeer into the spirit of giving and the boys are beginning to realize that it feels even better to give than it does to receive. it really doesn’t take a lot to make someone smile.

Coca-Cola wants to see your giving nature this holiday season!!!!

while the holidays are a time for family and gifts, Coca-Cola wants to see how you can be creative and give to others. who is on your gift list this year? how do you create memories through gift giving during the holidays? and how do you share a smile and #RealMagic through giving to others?

Santa knows that one of the greatest things you can do to make someone happy is absolutely free: A SMILE! for this, Santa’s Wish List is for us to turn our attention outward and to spread happiness simply by sharing a smile. Coca-Cola would love for you to tweet or Instagram a photo of your smile with the hashtag #RealMagic. when you do this, you will get a special thank you smile in return after Dec. 1st! PLUS you can earn extra rewards by sharing videos and photos from the My Coke Rewards website!

be sure to check out the Coca-Cola website for fun ideas on how to make someone’s Christmas special!

Coke Bottle Reindeer Christmas gift idea

you can find Classic Coca-Cola in glass bottles at your local Walmart store on the soda aisle.