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     Take the dog for a walk. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to walk your neighbor’s dog.
Decorate T-shirts.
You’ll need two plain white 50/50 polyester-cotton tees (less shrinkage), fabric paint, brushes, fabric glue, and glitter, rhinestones or other embellishments.
alaskaparent.com/_pages/ articles/kid_blogging.
Use your imagination to envision pictures in the clouds as they drift by.
Start an online blog. Learn about kid blogging here:
            Make your own MadLibs. Take turns writing out your own MadLibs, and when you’re done, have someone else in your family fill in the blanks. (madlibs.com)
Pick new areas of town to go for walks each week.
Join a summer reading program. Alaska’s public libraries will be sponsoring statewide summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults. Stop in at any library branch or check out your local library’s website for more details.
Turn muffin liners into cute flowers. Cut out large paper flowers and use different- patterned muffin liners as the center
of the flower. Create a summer field on your wall. (For a tutorial: onelittleproject.com/ simple-cupcake-liner-flowers.)
           Help clean up your favorite park. Recycle as much trash as you can.
Build a sandcastle.
    Make an erupting volcano
What could be more fun on a lazy day than helping kids construct their own erupting (!) volcano? This one is made of clay and the eruption is created with a vinegar/baking soda reaction.
Supplies needed:
• Air dry clay (about 1 lb)
• Small glass candle holder (these small glass
cups used for votives can often be found at
dollar stores)
• Tempura or acrylic paint (one color for the
volcano, plus red, yellow and orange to
represent lava)
• Baking soda
• Vinegar
• Baking dish (disposable aluminum baking
dishes work well for this project) • Red liquid food color
–By Tiffany Doerr Guerzon
Instructions:
Build your volcano inside the baking dish so that you don’t have to move it later. Place the glass votive holder in the center of your baking dish and then mold the clay around the glass votive holder in a mountain shape, leaving the center open. Paint with acrylic paints if desired. Allow to dry; this clay is thick so it will probably take two to three days. I recommend painting the clay right after
molding because it saves a step!
To erupt the volcano:
Add 1/4 cup baking soda to the glass cup inside the volcano. Add a few drops of red food color to 1/2 cup vinegar and mix. Pour a little of the colored vinegar into the glass cup and watch it erupt! When the fizzing dies down, add more vinegar. This amount is enough for 4 or 5 eruptions.
Remember to save your volcano to use again later!
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