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Bugs Are Fun: Playdough Bug Fossils

We love playdough at our house. We do a lot of playdough activities that keep the little ones busy, especially in the summer when we hear over and over how bored they are. Playdough is an easy activity to keep in the house that will entertain for quite a while. All you need to do is keep fun items on hand that make it feel like a brand new toy every time you play with it.

Our kids love fossils and science. We have a dinosaur kit to use with our legos, but dinosaurs are not the only fossils in this world. Bugs, leaves, plants, and other animals create fantastic playdough fossils as well. Bugs are easy to create playdough fossils with, simply check out his fun activity tutorial from Plain Vanilla Mom. Be sure to check out more of Plain Vanilla Mom’s ideas when you are there, just in case you need more activities to bust the boredom this summer.

You can create many different activities with playdough when you have the right tools and a little imagination. You can even make this a fossil expedition and have the kids look for the fossils in the yard. The possibilities are endless when it comes to learning. Check out this fun and educational fossil link for more information for you and your kids. Thank you Jurassic Coast Trust for the incredible info!

Best Books: Trapped In a Video Game

Do you have a kid that loves video games but isn’t very interested at reading? We may have found the perfect book series for them! Trapped in a Video Game is an incredible series that follows the young Jesse Rigsby as he navigates his way through the harsh years of adolescence with one major complication — a video game character is trying to kill him.

Jesse and his best friend Eric have discovered a new game, Full Blast, and cannot wait to try it. However, they find themselves sucked directly in to the game and find they have to play to survive when a mysterious figure begins to follow them and kill them.

The series contains 5 books and each book contains an interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) section at the end that allows readers to learn and understand binary coding and algorithms. Now they can understand how their favorite games function and start learning how to create their own video games. One series is helping them to not only nurture a love for reading but also give them the opportunity to learn and practice STEM activities at home for fun!

Pumpkin Launcher: Lego Fun

Every year the weekend of Thanksgiving my family watches a show called Punkin Chunkin. On this show people from all over the country gather in Delaware to launch pumpkins from catapult machines and canons. The pumpkin that travels the farthest wins. It is a silly and fun show that allows for creativity and incredible engineering. This year I found a fun little activity for the kids to do while they watch. Thank you Frugal Fun 4 Boys for always coming up with incredible ways to entertain my brood! This Pumpkin Catapult is made from Legos, a family favorite in this house, and uses engineering to launch little candy pumpkins across the room. Now this of course is not on the level of Punkin Chunkin, but it is lots of fun! pumpkin launcher If your little ones (or even your big ones!) love to create things and launch things then this is the perfect little activity. You can even use a tape measure and wage your own little competition for who can launch the pumpkin the farthest! Be careful not to launch it at anyone, and have a great time! Head over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for a full tutorial on how to create the catapult!