Kool-Aid Popsicles

Kool-Aid Popsicles

Summer may be winding down, but it’s still hot! What’s better than a popsicle on a hot summer day?! Here is a super easy recipe to make popsicles; all you need is:

1 package of Jell-O mix

1 package of Kool-Aid (any flavor)

½ cup of sugar

2 cups of boiling water

2 cups of cold water

Plastic cups or popsicles mold

Popsicle sticks

Aluminum foil

To make these delicious pops. First combine the Jell-O mix, Kool- Aid mix, and our ½ cup if sugar in a pitcher then add 2 cups of boiling hot water mix these ingredients well. Next add 2 cups of cold water into the same pitcher mix again. After pour the liquid mix into the popsicles molds, put a piece of aluminum foil over the top of your molds. Then set a popsicle stick into each section of the molds so half the stick is set intot he mixture and the other half is exposed. You the place the whole tray into the freezer for about 4-6 hours or until solid. To remove popsicles from your tray, run the tray under warm water for a few seconds and pull the stick! Voila! Your sweet summer treat is ready to help keep you cool!

Reading Fun

Reading Fun
Of course, there are lots of fun active things to do all summer, but to keep your kids ready for school work, there are a few fun reading activities you can do with them throughout the summer. The key is to make it fun, and not have them realize they are doing work! Who knows, your kids might even enjoy reading (I did)!

– Create a bucket list. Start by brainstorming. If they are at a loss for books they want to read, take them to the library and bookstore, and let them roam until they can find 10-12 books that sound good to them. As they complete the list throughout the summer, give them a small incentive for completing each book. (Customize the incentive to each child – a late night up, an ice cream, a small item from a toy store.)

– Make a bingo board game. Whether it’s one child, or a few children, you can just make it a race to complete bingo. Make fun squares – like “reading at night with a flashlight,” “reading outside wearing sunglasses,” “reading to a friend,” “reading in a bathing suit.” Again, the great part is you can customize it to things you know would be fun for them. Being that this game would take a little longer to complete, make a bigger incentive – pizza night, or a day at the beach.

– If you aren’t feeling too creative, contact the local library. Find out what their summer reading programs are – they all have something, some more involved than others, but chances are one of the local libraries will have something that sounds fun to your kids.

Peek-A-Boo… Summer I See You!

Here is a great thing to do this summer with your kids: (and they can learn something too!) You can make Peek-a-Boo books! This will help them to practice reading, vocabulary and recognition.

You will need:

  1. Lined Index Cards
  2. Construction Paper
  3. A hole punch
  4. Safety Scissors
  5. Yarn
  6. Crayons

First, help your child use the safety scissors to cut the construction paper into pieces that are the same size as the index cards. On the index cards help them write the name of their favorite animal. And using the crayons, draw the matching animal on a piece of construction paper. Punch holes at the top of both and fasten them together with the yarn. The order should be an index card then the drawing on the construction paper. They read the word “bird” then flip and see the picture they drew of a bird. Repeat this process to make the book as long or as short as they would like. You can make other books with different subjects like food or objects around the home. It’s a great way for your child to practice their reading skills as well as writing and vocabulary. Another great thing about these books is that they can be used beyond the summer months!