The short one and I haven’t been able to do as much going out and having fun this summer as we would like. We are moving, and trying to do everything that is required to accomplish this has put a little crimp in our extravagant summer plans. (So much for the fun and the learning…) But we have tried some new projects at home so I thought I’d share them with you. Neither of these projects originated in my brain, but came from two great blogs or websites that I enjoy.

Banana Pops

Banana Pops

Here we have banana chocolate pops rolled in jimmies (or sprinkles for those of you who didn’t grow up in New England). You stick them in the freezer, and eat ‘em when they’re frozen. Excellent! The idea/recipe came from the Craftzine website/blog. There is a lot of good stuff on this site, and the photography is excellent (especially the photos of those chocolate covered bananas!). Just a tip – don’t use bamboo skewers for this project! The bananas roll around when you try to get the chocolate on. The recipe calls for popsicle sticks, instead.

Map for the Quest

Map for the Quest

This interesting creation is an adaptation of a “zoo map“. Instead of making a zoo, my son made a map for a knight going on a quest in a great fantasy land. This great idea came from the Let’s Explore blog and website. This is a great blog with easy ideas, and there are some excellent projects to do with your kids this summer on this site. The writer of this site also sells some really interesting craft/educational/fun type-stuff that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

MapDetail

Here is a close up – and, yes – the photo on the left is the “pit of blood.” I know what you are thinking – why is a six year old drawing a picture of a pit of blood? You would need to ask his father about their nighttime reading of Redwall to understand that. The photo on the right is the treasure castle that is reached at the end of the quest. My son worked on his map for hours – using those creative juices and his fancy cray-pas art crayons – this was a great idea.

These two sites are great for poking around and finding good ideas. I also across an interesting article on easy summertime crafts in the Washington Post’s Home section last week that you might want to check out.

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