There is nothing better than seeing awe and wonder in a child’s eyes. Whether it is seeing a new site, experiencing a cool activity, or finding an amazing item, the joy of learning can easily be seen and felt. There are many topics you and your family can enjoy and learn about together, including the classic seven wonders of the world. Before continuing on, let’s take a look at what is included in the list of the seven wonders. Over time the Seven Wonders have changed. The newest list was created in 2007 after more than 100 million people voted to name the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” which are below:
The Great Wall of China in China
Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Machu Picchu in Peru
Chichen Itza (The Yucatan Peninsula) in Mexico
The Roman Colosseum in Rome
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India
The Petra in Jordan
Many children and adults may not be familiar with some of these landmarks. However, there are fun and creative ways to learn about them. These activities are hands-on and can be done on a rainy afternoon, a summer day, or a weekend of learning at home.
Take a virtual field trip on Google Earth to the Seven Wonders. Visit earth.google.com/web and search the various places. Then, zoom in and out and explore the landmark’s history. You can also learn about the “Seven Wonder of the Ancient World” by searching the website of The Museum of UnNatural History (http://unmuseum.mus.pa.us/wonders.htm).
Create a passport or scrapbook with pictures and facts about each wonder. In addition, Photoshop pictures of your child in front of the site to help make the experience come alive. Other options include putting together a tourist guide book, brochure, advertisement, or newspaper. Let your child take on different roles and careers to learn about the famous site. There are many avenues you could take with this activity.
Make a physical version of the landmark. For example, use paper, markers, and paper towel or toilet paper rolls to build Christ the Redeemer Statue or create the Great Wall of China with Legos. Common materials that could be used are clay, construction paper, salt dough, rocks, and fabrics.
Instead of making a physical object, design something digital, such as a video, commercial for the Seven Wonders, etc. Use sites like iMovie, WeVideo, and Prezi and let your children’s imaginations run wild with creativity. Plus, you can even create an at-home green screen and digitally replace the background with the wonder.
Study about the culture, cities, and countries where the wonder is located. Research the area’s climate, food, music, arts, historic sites, and more. Then, celebrate that wonder by bringing it and its home country to life. The more vivid and hands-on experience children can have when learning about the Seven Wonders of the World, the better they’ll be able to remember and retain the knowledge they’ve learned.
These ideas are perfect ways for children and students at school to learn about the Seven Wonders of the World. There is so much of the world that we don’t know about. The earlier we start exploring these areas, the more global a child can be.
For many families, the days of summer and no school are winding down. Soon, days will be filled with school, extracurricular activities, and early sunsets. Cherish the remaining longer days with your loved ones and enjoy time together with these three summer activities.
Ice Cream in a Bag
Ingredients (The amount is per person; multiply the ingredients by how many people you are making the ice cream for):
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup rock salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sandwich-size resealable plastic bag
Gallon-size resealable plastic bag
In a bowl, stir together the cream, sugar, and vanilla.
Pour the mixture into a sandwich-size bag and close.
Add the ice and rock salt into the gallon-size bag. Then, place the filled sandwich-size bag inside the gallon-size bag and seal.
Shake the bags for about 5 minutes until the ice cream is frozen.
Remove the gallon-size bag with the rock salt and throw away.
Cut a corner off the sandwich-size bag and squeeze out the ice cream into a bowl. Add toppings, if you desire.
Glow in the Dark Sidewalk Chalk
Materials (per chalk color):
1 cup Plaster of Paris
1 tablespoon glow in the dark or fluorescent paint
3/4 cup warm water
Ice cube trays
Directions (per chalk color):
Mix together the paint and water in a bowl.
Add 1 cup of the Plater of Paris to the mixture.
Pour the ingredients into the ice cube tray. Pack tightly for the chalk to hold its shape.
Let dry for about 12 hours. Remove the chalk from the trays and have fun!
Repeat steps for every paint color you would like to make.
Take turns hitting the balloon back and forth between players. Keep score of who can hit the balloon the most before it falls to the ground.
Today’s shark-related post is all about food. This Shark Poke Cake recipe is adapted from delish.com and is delicious to eat. Plus, you can turn the recipe into a cupcake version. Just use a cupcake pan instead of a cake pan, as well as, one doughnut and fin per cupcake. Remember to also adjust the needed number of ingredients for a dozen or so cupcakes. For example, you’ll need 12 fruit roll-ups, not one.
1 box vanilla cake mix plus ingredients for cake mix
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips, melted
Blue food coloring
Black food coloring
1 strawberry fruit roll-up
3 mini powdered sugar doughnuts
2 cups marshmallow Fluff
1 teaspoon water
3 cups whipped topping
Preheat oven to 350º and grease baking pan. Set aside.
Prepare cake mix according to the box directions. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and stir together. (The cake will resemble the ocean.) Bake until done, about 25 minutes. Once cool, poke holes all over the cake.
Combine the marshmallow fluff and water. Microwave for about 10 seconds. Pour the mixture all over the cake, making sure the holes are filled.
In another bowl, add 5 drops of the blue food coloring to the whipped topping. Fold together. Frost the cake with the icing and decorate with shark fins and life preservers.
To make the shark fin decorations, mix the melted white chocolate with a few drops of the black food coloring. Using a piping bag or sandwich bag with a hole, pipe fin shapes (similar to triangles) onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze until hard. Once frozen, add a drop of marshmallow fluff onto the bottom of the fins and place on the cake’s icing.
To make the life preservers, cut the fruit roll up into 3-inch long pieces. Then, each piece again into four pieces. Wrap four strips around a powdered doughnut and secure with the marshmallow fluff.
If the theme song from Jaws popped into your head as you read the lyrics above, then you are correct. How can we not keep this song on constant replay this week? After all, it is Shark Week.
In honor of Discovery Channel’s annual animal marathon and one of my favorite TV weeks, I’m celebrating with a few shark-related posts. For starters, a Shark Attack Wreath that is fun and simple for all ages to create. Enjoy!
3 pairs of flip flops (Dollar Store and Old Navy have cheap pairs.)
Rope or hemp cord
Hot glue and a glue gun
Place the flip flops in a circle and arrange how you would like it to look.
For each flip flop, cut bit marks out of the top. Keep your finish wreath image in mind as you are cutting.
Hot glue the sandals together, one at a time. Press down to adhere the glue.
To create a hanger, hot glue the rope or hemp cord to the back of the wreath.
You can also get creative and add decorations on your wreath, such as shark stickers, images, life preservers, and other ocean garnishes. Paint pens work great, as well!
Recently, I heard the phrase” Sunday – a day of rest, not stress.” How true is this statement? After working hard all week, everyone should take at least one day of the weekend, Sunday, to relax and rejuvenate. However, I have trouble relaxing…
I always feel as if there is something I need to be doing or should be doing. As I grieve my grandmother’s death, I have learned that there is no shame in taking a day (or two) off to unplug from everything. And that is exactly why I am renaming Sundays to “My Day of Rest, Not Stress.”
In my usual fashion, I decided to research “how to make Sundays more relaxing.” Yes, that is the exact phrasing I used in my Internet search. I came across numerous ideas and thought I would share my favorites with you. After all, everyone can use more relaxation in their busy lives.
Ways to Make Sunday A Day of Rest, Not Stress:
Ignore the chaos and unplug. Put aside your email, social media, calendar, etc. All of these communication forms can be overwhelming and heavy to take in at times. Instead, do an activity that “sorts out the clutter and puts the pieces together,” such as a puzzle or following a recipe.
Spend time with your loved ones. Before my sister and brother-in-law moved to Kentucky, they would come over every week for Sunday night dinner. So, why not bring back the Sunday night dinner tradition with your loved ones? Other activities to consider include playing a game, watching a movie, or going for a walk together.
Catch up on a good book. Reading is something I never have enough time to do. Yet, I have discovered that there is nothing better to do on a Sunday.
Have a leisurely meal. Take your time making and eating one or all of your meals.
Get out of the house, even if it is just to go outside. A breath of fresh air can make all the difference.
When you make Sunday a day of rest, you start the new week a better, more relaxed version of yourself.
Just because it is summer, doesn’t mean you can’t add a little learning to your fun experiences! This simple DIY Watermelon Volcano experiment is the perfect activity to engage your kids. Plus, it is hands-on with easy cleanup. What is there not to love?
Cut a small hole at the top of your clean watermelon. The hole should be at least five inches in diameter. Remove the top of the watermelon and place aside.
Scoop out the fruit in your hole using a melon baller or spoon. Make sure you scoop out enough of the fruit to hold the eruption mixture without spilling out; a few inches deep is fine.
Next, pour about half a cup of baking soda into the watermelon. You may need more, depending on your hole depth and size of the watermelon. Add a couple squirts of dish soap. Mix ingredients together.
Lastly, pour the white vinegar straight into the hole and let the eruption begin *Quick tip: Complete the activity outside, if possible. Place a trap, towel, pan, etc. underneath the watermelon to catch the spillage. Another option is to let it explode in the grass.