3 Crafts to do Before Summer Ends

School is right around the corner which means there is only a few weeks of summer left! 

Enjoy the remaining few weeks of summer by having some fun with these awesome crafts. We're telling you, these are MUST DO crafts that your little ones will be sure to love! 

Awesome Craft #1: Homemade Fireflies - That REALLY Glow!

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I think we all remember those rare summer nights when we were lucky enough to see some magical fireflies. So how awesome would it be if we could recreate those magical summer nights with our children with a quick and easy craft?

Here's how to create LED Fireflies to help your kids feel a little bit of summer magic:

For this craft all you will need are: plastic Easter eggs, pipe cleaners, LED lights, duct tape and some scissors! That's it, so easy and so fun to do with your kids.

Instructions: Just pop the flameless LED tealight into a plastic Easter egg. Poke holes through the egg with a thumbtack to insert the pipe cleaners. The eyes are drawn onto white sticky labels or you can use googley eyes, and the wings are silver duct tape. Quick, easy, and totally cute! This is a must do craft for your kids before school starts!

Craft Credit: Katie Steuernagle

Awesome Craft #2: Homemade Mason Jar Aquariums

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This is a hands down, a must do activity. Keep summer going and bring it inside with these homemade mason jar aquariums. 

Craft Materials:

  • Mason Jars

  • Blue Food Colouring

  • Water (Suggest using filtered water to give a clearer look, but tap water is fine to use)

  • Aquarium plastic figurines or toy fish (Can be bought at pet store or dollar store)

  • Aquarium rocks and plastic plants (Can be bought at pet store or dollar store)

Once you have the gathered materials, get creative and have some fun! Your kids will be sure to enjoy this one!

Craft Credit: Delia Crates

Awesome Craft #3: Colouful Squirt Gun Painting

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Easily the best summer boredom buster. Squirt gun painting is a great way to get your kids outside and to stop saying "Mom, I'm bored!".

Grab a few squirt guns (or even spray bottles), a few water paint colours and paper, and an easel (stand), and boom you're set!

Craft Credit: Melissa Lennig

Gonna do one of these 3 amazing activities before summers up? We'd love to see! Send your pictures to us at hello@curiositybox.ca or tag us on Facebook or Instagram!

Happy Crafting!

 

 

The Best S'more Recipes

Celebrate International S'mores Day in style this day this year with these awesome s'more recipes! You're little ones will be sure to begging you for s'more!

 1. No Fire S'mores:

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On rainy days, or days when you don't have a campfire, this treat is a perfect snack to cover that s'mores craving! Use Golden Grahams cereal, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Also a perfect snack to pack in baggies or containers for the long car ride to the camp to get the kids excited for camping and real s'mores around the fire! 

2. Easy S'mores Hack:

Get S'mores in the blink of an eye! SO easy and SO YUMMY!! All you need is two Family Digestive cookies and a toasted marshmallow...s'mores have never been so easy!

3. S'more Cones:

A campfire favourite - S'more cones! All you have to do is put some chocolate chips and marshmallows in the cone and wrapped them in foil and placed them on top of the grill of the fire. They were delicious!! 

Looking to make your s'more cones even more delicious? Try adding banana, M&M's, or caramel sauce! 

4. S'more Brownies

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What better combination than brownies and s'mores! Simply bake some delicious fudgy brownies and sprinkle marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate over top! 

5. S'more Muffins - THIS IS A HOUSE FAVOURITE

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This s'more recipe will be a sure crowd pleaser for your friends, family, and little ones to enjoy! 

The recipe you'll need for these awesome muffins: 

  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons marshmallow creme
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

6. Pot of S'mores - This one is just too easy not to do!

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Delicious, simple, and a sure way to get your crowd to ask for s'more! Grab some chocolate chips, butterscotch chips (yes, trust me, you need them), marshmallows and graham crackers, and some butter and sweetened condensed milk and voila, a masterpiece! 

Grab the full recipe here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/pot-of-s-mores/ 

7. Mini S'mores but Double the Deliciousness! 

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This one is fantastic, easy, and a twist on your traditional s'more. Make your s'more like you normally would, but then dip them in some melted chocolate and let them cool! Serve cold with a nice glass of milk. Important Safety Note: These ones are hard to put down!

We hope you and your family enjoy International S'mores Day and create some awesome s'more recipes! 

Be sure to share your awesome creations with us on Facebook or Instagram at @curiosityboxcrafts !

Backyard Bubble Snakes

Backyard snake bubbles is a quick, relatively mess free and fun activity for your backyard. And let's face it, kids could always use a bit more soap in their lives.

Supplies Needed for Backyard Bubble Snakes:

  • Socks
  • Scissors or knife
  • Dish soap (any brand will work)
  • Disposable water bottle
  • Large container
  • Water

Step #1: Remove the lid of the water bottle. Get an adult to cut off the entire bottom of the water bottle.

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Step #2: Pull the sock over the water bottle all the way to the top. 

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Step #3: Fold back the sock to secure it in place.

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Step #4: Liberally add soap to large bucket start with a few good squirts, you can always add more.

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Step #5: Place the sock end of the ‘bottle’ into the bucket and swoosh around for roughly 30 seconds. 

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Step #6: Have child blow into the top of the bottle and watch the magic happen! 

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Pro Tip: Add food colouring to the water for even more fun and awesome colourful bubbly snakes!

Note: This may stain the socks.

The crew who completed this task had the following things to say: 

"WOW look how fast the bubbles started!"
"Oh wow, the wind pulled the bubbles off the sock, look, we have bubbles everywhere."

When asked to clean up and dispose of the materials, one participant said: "This was fun, I want
to keep the materials to do this again!" 

Always fun when the activity is a crowd pleaser! Create backyard bubble snakes with your little ones this weekend using only: socks, water and dish soap, a water bottle and container, scissors and some fun creativity!

Paint Chip Fun

Who would've thought you could have so much fun with paint chips?

Take a look below at all the fun and awesome things you can create this weekend with some paint chip samples!

Paint Chip Colour Match - Perfect for Outdoor Fun

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Paint Chip Bookmarks - Perfect For Both You and Your Child's Books

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Paint Chip Wall-Art - Let Your Kids Help Decorate

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Paint Chip Calendar - Stay Colourful and Organized

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Get crafty this weekend by using some paint chip fun! 

Disclaimer: All ideas and photos are not owned or created by Curiosity Box. We simply pulled them together so you can enjoy some great inexpensive weekend fun!  

The Importance of Outdoor Play

It's time to put down the devices and get your kids outside this weekend! Outdoor play works wonders on your kids well being and Curiosity Box is here to help encourage your childs creative play all weekend long!

Get outside with your kid this weekend and discover the colours of the world with our free printable Rainbow Scavenger Hunt!

Download and Save Your Free Copy Here

Why Outdoor Play is so Important:

According to ParticipAction, Canadian kids between the ages of five and 17 spend 8-9 hours a day in sedentary activity, and only 8 percent get the recommended hour a day of physical activity; some of which happens indoors.

Technology is arguably the main culprit, but parental attitudes toward, sending children outside for unsupervised, unstructured playtime is also to blame. We’ve become overly risk-averse, worried about what others will think or afraid of abduction. In the past decade, the number of kids who play outside after school has dropped by 14 percent. Also, many of these children just don’t have time for play on top of their organized sports, music lessons, homework and more.

What Outdoor Play Can Do For Your Little One(s):

Boost Academic Performance

In a 2010 National Wildlife Federation report, 78 percent of teachers said they believe that children who spend regular time in unstructured outdoor play have more concentration and perform better in the classroom

Get a Better Sleep at Night

Let's face it, playing in the sun and running around is enough to tire anyone out, especially our little ones.

Increase Happiness

Who doesn't love playing outside? A recent study found that if we give our kids time and freedom outdoors, say the experts, we’ll see a dramatic shift in their stress levels, self-esteem, self-regulation and overall happiness. To the outside we go!

And of course, have fun!

Everything is better in the sun and the fresh air. Take advantage of the nice summer weather and encouraging your child to play outside. And like always, Curiosity Box will be here to provide free printables and activity ideas to enjoy!

If you haven't downloaded it already, make sure to download your free Rainbow Scavenger Hunt printable and enjoy adventuring with your little ones while you search for the colours of the world!

Thanks to Today's Parent for this great article, if you want to read the full thing, click here

Easter Bunny Craft

The great thing about doing crafts sometimes with your kids is that it can be things that you find around your home. This craft is a favourite in our house because it uses things that are creative, easy to use and it is simply adorable for a great Easter decoration and can be brought out year after year after year. 

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Here's what you will need:

  • 2 x Paper plates
  • Cotton balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Google Eyes 
  • Marshmallows
  • Glue
  • Scissors

First you will need to take four pipe cleaners and tie them together and shape them to make the nose and the whiskers and the mouth. We used pink for the mouth and black for the whiskers and then we used a marshmallow for the nose. 

Next week cut one paper plate so that we had two ears. First cut the paper plate in half so that you can cut two ears. Then cut the one side so that you have the ear on the outer piece as shown below. 

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I placed the cotton balls and the marshmallows in bowls so that my son could pick them out and glue them as he wanted and felt that he had creative freedom to do what he wanted. 

He first glued the google eyes onto the full plate and we used that as the head. 

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Then he glued the cotton balls where he wanted to and then he decided that he wanted the marshmallows on the ears only. 

He then glued the nose onto his completed face and then we glued the ears onto the back of the plate. I also recommend using tape if you want to be able to hang it up right away without waiting for the glue to dry on the paper plates. 

He then decided to have pink as the inside of the bunny ears so he glued them onto where the paper plate had a mark for them (based on our cut). 

How cute and easy is this bunny craft?! Your kids will be so proud looking at it and you can bring it out every year and use it as a decoration for Easter! Such a fun and creative Easter craft for kids! 

If you're looking for other great craft ideas for Spring, check out our Seasonal Boxes here that are loaded with Spring themed craft ideas! 

The other great thing is with any of our Single Box purchases, you can now add an I Can Read Book for kids as we partnered with HarperCollins Canada and we are one of the only subscription box companies in Canada that has book options for kids! 

Chewiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

One thing we love is trying new cookie recipes. We have tried many different ones over the years, but this is still my favourite go to for a delicious, chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! They are always a huge hit wherever we take them and I'm always being asked for the recipe... so here it is for me to share with you! 

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This recipe is great for the kids to help out with and I love taking the cookies camping, to parties and picnics and I've made them for birthday parties and playdates with my kids and also for a great afternoon snack. Ok...I'm not going to lie either, but I've made them for a late night snack too when I've been craving them. Believe me when you make these you will totally understand! 

We enjoy them the best with the milk chocolate chips, but you could make them with the dark ones or the white ones and they would be great! I've also debated on trying them with raisins or craisins but I'm afraid to play around with the recipe too much. lol. 

Here's what you need to make them:

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 cups of oats 
  • 1 1/2 cups f sliced almonds
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 bag of sliced almonds 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

First thing you will need to do is cream together the butter and the sugars. We use our Kitchenmaid mixer as the kids really like to use it, but you can just use a hand beater as well. 

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Then add your eggs and vanilla and mix them in until creamy and mixed in completely. 

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the creamed mixture and mix completely. 

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Then add your chocolate chips and any other ingredients you want to add (i.e. craisins, raisins, etc.)  and your almonds. 

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The trick to these cookies is when you go to place them on the cookies sheet. They are gooey and messy and can be a bit tricky to place. I typically like using a spoon and "plopping" them on the tray. I have tried rolling them and they don't work out as nicely.  

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Cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes. 

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Make sure you take them out when they are light brown and not dark brown as they will become too hard if they are overcooked. 

Let cool and enjoy! If you're looking for other recipes, check out our Baking section HERE

Elephant Toothpaste

One science experiment we have been wanting to try was Elephant Toothpaste. First of all my boys thought the name was hilarious and we had so many different theories as to why it was called that. Here's a few for you to have a quick laugh:

  • When we mix the ingredients together, an elephant will come out of the bottle brushing it's teeth
  • The reaction that the ingredients will make will have an explosion so big it's as big as an elephant
  • When we mix the ingredients, the shape of the toothpaste will look like an elephant 

And the one that we decided was the best... 

  • The reaction causes such a big overflow that the liquid that comes out is so big and it looks like toothpaste and there is enough there for an elephant to use! 

This experiment was fairly easy to do for the boys on their own once we did it once together. 

First make sure your children are wearings safety goggles for this science experiment. I bought ours at the dollar store for $2 and the boys loved them! They felt like real scientists. 

Here's what you will need for ingredients:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide (we used 3%)
  • Dry Active Yeast
  • Dawn Dish Soap 
  • Warm Water
  • Food Colouring
  • A narrow neck water or pop bottle
  • A funnel
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A couple of things to note. I tried to find a higher hydrogen peroxide (you can apparently get 6 and 12% but in Canada I could only find 3%.  I went to Walmart, a drug store and a beauty supply store and none of them carried it. I think the experiment still worked out great with the 3% but it would be cool to try with the 6% and see the difference! 

First measure out your yeast. Either using 2 tbsp or 1 packet, place it in a measuring cup (about 3/4 cup) of warm water. Push the yeast down into the water, and let it sit.

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While you are waiting, measure out 1/2 a cup of hydrogen peroxide using a measuring cup and a funnel and pour it into your bottle. It's best to use a narrow neck pop or water bottle for this experiment. 

We put our pop bottle into a glass container so it was contained and easier for clean up afterwards. You can also use a cookie sheet. 

Next add your food colouring.  Remember that your dish soap should be blue and it will change the colour too! 

Next add your dish soap. You can be pretty generous with this!

After you've added those ingredients, you are ready to watch science! Be ready.... 

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Mix your yeast ingredients slightly with a spoon and then pour it into the funnel and into your mix. Quickly pour all ingredients in and then remove the funnel and watch the toothpaste rise to the top and pour over the container. 

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Here's what happens: 

The foamy substance is created by the rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide by using the yeast as a catalyst. The sodium iodide (yeast) reacts with the hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) by removing an oxygen atom. This pretty much produces water and oxygen gas (H2O + O2). Then what happens is the oxygen gas produced gets trapped by the soap which results in the foam reaction. The reaction produces oxygen gas, water and iodine. 

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The foam is totally safe to touch (and so soft and somewhat puffy!) - the peroxide (H2O2) is broken down in the reaction - so there isn't any left.  It leaves behind water (H20) and oxygen (O2) only - so it's completely safe to handle. If you were to use the stronger hydrogen peroxide, I would do some research first before handling it. 

You can watch my boys do their first "official" YouTube video on their own where they are doing the Elephant Toothpaste Experiment to explain everything to you! I was SO proud of them and I love that my oldest son at the end of the video asks you to follow our channel and like our video....what a kid!! LOL. 

Happy experimenting everyone!! 

-Cassie 

Vanilla Cupcake Bunny Food Recipe

This has been a family favourite of ours for a few years now.  This yummy snack is perfect for after school, a special treat in kids lunches, a yummy dessert or is also good for Easter dinner get togethers and especially great for kids Easter parties in their class room as a special treat. 

Some call it by other names such as "Bunny Chow" or "Muddy Buddies" or "Puppy Chow" but we liked the name Bunny Food for Easter and my kids say that it tastes like Vanilla Cupcake so it works!

I have to say, this delicious snack was hard to share. Yes, I will admit I might have indulged in it and had to make a second batch the first time I made it! Now I know enough to double the recipe. 

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This recipe is fairly easy to make, you can either cook the ingredients on the stove or use a microwave and the kids will love being able to help, measure and eat too :) 

I have seen other recipes like this where they add peanut butter, mini eggs, pretzels and other items so I guess you could really add anything to this delicious recipe. 

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Here's what you need to make our version:

  • 5 cups of Chex cereal (we used the honey kind)
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips 
  • 1/4 cup of butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp of French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
  • Sprinkles

1. Measure out cereal in a large bowl. Set aside.

2. Measure white chocolate chips, butter and cream and vanilla extract in a pot stirring frequently as to not burn the ingredients. Set aside and let cool. 

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3. Pour the ingredients over the cereal. Mix it thoroughly. 

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4. Try not to eat it just yet ;) 

5. Add icing sugar and sprinkles and any other toppings that you like. 

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I try really hard to set it on my counter and all of us to snack on it, but it literally lasts 5 minutes! I think that it would be super cute in little Easter baskets with some plastic wrap or little baggies with a ribbon and a bunny tag with "Bunny Food" on the label! Don't you?! 

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Happy making and eating your bunny food! Don't forget to share it ;) 
 

- Cassie 

Erupting Colours Experiment

One of our all time favourite science experiments is the erupting colours experiment.  This easy to do experiment can be done with items that you will most likely have in your home! 

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Impress your child with the knowledge too of what's happening when you mix the ingredients and explain to them how it all works! 

Here's what you will need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Food Colouring
  • Small plastic or glass dishes (we used shot glasses from the dollar store)
  • A syringe or eye dropper (makes things feel more official too!) 

First line your cups up on the counter. Place a bit of baking soda in each one. Then place food colouring in each cup. Do NOT add the vinegar yet! 

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Place your vinegar in a small dish. Line up your containers on a cookie sheet and some paper so that you have an easy clean up when your experiment is done. Plus my kids loved seeing the different colours that exploded onto the paper. 

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Take a little bit of vinegar and place it in your eye dropper. Once you drop your vinegar into the baking soda/food colouring mix...watch the magic happen!

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Here's what happens (this is when you can look REALLY smart with your kiddos! ;) ...

When vinegar (dilute acetic acid) and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) are mixed together, hydrogen ions in the vinegar react with the sodium and bicarbonate ions in the baking soda. The results in a first reaction that creates two new chemicals: carbonic acid and sodium acetate.

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The second reaction is a decomposition reaction. The carbonic acid was formed because of the first reaction immediately beginning to decompose into water and carbon dioxide gas. 

Just like carbon dioxide bubbles in a carbonated drink like pop, the carbon dioxide (that formed as the carbonic acid decomposed) rises to the top of the mixture. This causes the bubbles and foam you see when you mix baking soda and vinegar together! 

I love being able to see the different colours and seeing my boy's reaction each time we did it! 

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You can also watch our live video on Facebook when we did it live for our followers. Watch it HERE

If you're looking for other science experiments to do, check out the Bouncing Egg experiment HERE and the Walking Water experiment HERE. Science is a must around our house! 

NOTE: You will see how if you leave the baking soda and food colouring too long that it settles and doesn't explode as much and you must squeeze a lot of vinegar at once for it to explode good. 

I also suggest putting the food colouring on top instead of the bottom so that it explodes better! 

Our Easter Singles are here and a few of them are almost SOLD out already! Be sure to get yours and send a child a box filled with Easter crafts and activities! Check them out HERE