March 19, 2008
When planning a trip, the Internet can be your best resource. You can plan your own vacation, decide what tourist attractions to visit, and book all of your fares and hotels online. Of course, there are hundreds of sites out there, so finding the best ones can be a little complicated. This list of the top 10 best travel sites online will get you started.
March 19, 2008
Throughout the history of film, Americans have loved seeing the cool cars in movies almost as much as they love seeing the actors who drive them. Read more
March 18, 2008
Want to know which video games you aren’t missing out on? Check out this list of the top 10 worst video games of all time. Read more
March 17, 2008
It’s hard to imagine a list of the top 10 comedy movies without the list being dominated by Monty Python and Mel Brooks films. Read more
March 16, 2008
Ever since Walt Disney introduced us to Mickey Mouse in the short “Steamboat Willie” back in 1928, Americans have been captivated by cartoons. In this article we’ll cover the best cartoons ever, the animated television shows beloved by young and old that seem to live on from generation to generation. Read more
March 15, 2008
Flames burst through the cave and the brave warrior cautiously creeps forward toward either a tremendous victory or impending defeat. Snarls and stomps ring out as the fight grows closer when finally the beast comes into sight. Towering overhead, the intimidating monster and hero lock eyes and the battle ensues. Read more
March 13, 2008
Power. Influence. And height.
Over the years, the White House has been home to a variety of men, ranging from the very tall to the very short. At a diminutive 5’4”, James Madison was the shortest
March 1, 2008
Have you ever had one of those days, when the kids are driving you – and each other – completely crazy? Every smart parent should know some funny messy activities they can do with their kids to combat boredom. The following 5 funny messy activities will make you “cool mom” or “cool dad” in your kids’ eyes.
1. Build an exploding volcano
Dirt or playdough
35 mm film canister
Red and yellow food coloring
Liquid dishwashing soap
This is one of the best funny messy activities with kids – emphasize on the messy. It’s a great activity to do outside in order to keep clean-up easy.
First, build a volcano by either mounding up dirt into a mountain shape, or forming a mountain out of playdough. If you want to make it lifelike, you can stick in some twigs and leaves to look like trees on the mountainside.
Press the film canister into the peak of your volcano.
Put two heaping spoonfuls of baking soda into the film canister, followed by a spoonful of liquid dishwashing soap. Add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring.
Next, pour in 1/8 cup white vinegar – and then stand back and watch your volcano erupt!
2. Paint your face with homemade face paint
Light corn syrup
Food coloring – the liquid kind
First, mix 3 tablespoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl.
Next, stir in ¾ cup light corn syrup and ¼ cup water until the mixture is smooth.
Divide the mixture into small containers like baby food jars. Add different colors of food coloring, leaving one plain for white face paint.
Use small child-size paintbrushes to decorate each other’s faces.
3. Make homemade finger paint and paint your masterpiece
Liquid dishwashing soap
First, put 1/3 cup cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of sugar into a small saucepan. Stir in 2 cups of cold water.
Heat the mixture over low heat for five minutes, constantly stirring. You should have a gel-like mixture.
After the mixture cools, add ¼ cup liquid dishwashing soap and mix thoroughly.
Divide into empty baby food jars and add food coloring until you get the colors you want.
4. Make Flubber http://www.omsi.edu/visit/playground/activities.cfm
Flubber is a polymer resulting from a chemical reaction. Visit the above link for complete instructions and information on why Flubber reacts the way it does.
5. Diet Coke and Mentos experiment
You’ll definitely want to do this one outside! All you need to do is drop a few Mentos into a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke, and watch the fun. You can see a video of the original experiment at YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKoB0MHVBvM
These funny messy activities are perfect for keeping the dreaded “I’m bored” out of your kids’ vocabulary.