Thursday, July 1, 2010

Things to Make Thursday...4th of July

Looking for things to do with the kiddies during the upcoming holiday weekend? I found these great ideas in Family Fun, Issue June/July 2010.

Can Do Stilts!

Give your favorite patriot a boost with a pair of classic tin can stilts. The design allows you to empty the can while keeping its top and bottom sealed for safety and stability.

-Puncture-style can opener
-2 (29-ounce) cans of tomato sauce
-Acrylic paint in white, red, and blue
-Star shapes cut from household sponges
-Disposable pans or plates
-2 (5-foot) lengths of cotton or nylon clothesline

-Puncture a can in opposite spots on its side, as shown. Drain it by blowing into one hole to force the sauce out of the other. Repeat with the second can. Wash both cans under running water to clean them, inside and out. Remove their labels and let them dry.

-Paint both cans white. When they're dry, dip dampened sponge stars into pans or plates of red and blue paint. Apply the stamps to the cans and let them dry.

-For the handles, tape one end of a length of clothesline to a skewer. Push it through one hole and out the other, as shown. Have your child stand on the can, holding the line's ends. Knot the line at hip level and trim. Repeat for the other stilt.

Frosty Fireworks!!

One way to make a splash this Fourth of July is by treating your kids to tall glasses of Patriot's Punch. Simply fill an ice cube tray with a red or blue fruit-flavored beverage (such as Powerade, Gatorade, or Kool-Aid) and let the cubes freeze solid. Then drop three or four colored cubes into each glass, pour in flavored seltzer water or clear soda, and watch the special effects. As the cubes melt, colored bubbles will swirl through the seltzer.

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