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Check out this fun idea for a Summer project (or a cool Father’s Day gift idea)

 

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Now that summer is here many children are already out of school celebrating their “freedom” for the next 8-10+ weeks.

Usually the first week or two if fun and exciting, but after that many children tend to get bored and whine those infamous words most parents hate to hear “I’m bored. There is nothing to do.” I whined those very same words when I was a child. In hindsight I should have savored all those free moments. Now that I am an adult and work all the time, I dream of a day when I can do nothing at all.

What children need is a project or activity they can do that will provide them with some entertainment. It’s a bonus if that activity/project is also educational.

Here is one idea that I came up with at work. I work with children doing before/after school care with the local school district.

Some of my afternoon kids and I were outside on the playground equipment. I took a glance at the app I have on my phone to see how many steps I have done that day. I have a goal of 10,000 steps Monday through Friday. So far this week I have done four out of five days over 10,000 steps.

One of the kids asked me what I was doing and I told him. I went on to tell him (and a few other kids) that getting 10,000+ steps in daily is good for you. One of the kid was wearing a pedometer on his sock and had already done 14,000+ steps that day.

Not only did this open up a discussion about health and exercise, but the kids also wanted to take my phone and walk around to see how many steps between places.

I think giving a pedometer to a child and challenge them to get 10,000+ steps in would be a fun and educational activity for children. You could even reward them when they reach over 10,000 steps.

Another fun idea that is also educational is to plant something. Not only would the child have the fun experience of planting something, but they also get to learn about the plant and watch it grow. In addition they would need to tend to the plant, which is also an activity they can do over the summer and beyond.

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One plan suggestion would be a Venus Fly Trap.

I know some people will think that is an odd choice, but the plants are actually fascinating.

Venus Fly Traps are carnivorous plants, which mean they eat meat. Yes, that’s right – MEAT! They don’t for for steaks and hamburgers, but rather spiders, flies and other insects.

When an insect comes in contact with the Venus Fly Traps mouth it triggers something which causes the mouth to shut down on the insect, trapping it inside. Digestive enzymes then break down the victim so that the plant can consume it and it’s nutrients.

It sounds disgusting, but it really is fascinating to watch.

The website Calendars.com has a Venus Fly Trap kit you can purchase. It’s called the Venus Fly Trap Cube. It come with everything you need to grow you own Venus Fly Trap plants.

Calendars.com sent me one to review.

Kit

The kit come with the following;

  • Planting cube and lid
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Planter stick
  • Directions

Set up is easy. Simply place the potting soil disc into the planting cup and add 2 cup of distilled water (I used tap water). Once the disc dissolves you are left with very web potting soil.

Soil

Carefully remove the seeds from the packaging (the seeds are incredibly tiny!). Stick them into the oil about 1/8″ down and cover with soil.

Pop the lid on and place the container in a sunny window sill (ours is outside on a table – we don’t have a window sill).

The container helps to keep the plants warm and the humidity inside helps to keep thing moist. You can add extra water only when needed.

In about 8 weeks you’ll start to see the plants.

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Venus Fly Traps do go dormant. The directions provide you with complete care instructions.

I wish I had known about this kit months ago. I would have suggested it for a fun summer activity a long time ago. None the less kids can still enjoy it if you purchase it now. The kit is just $16.99 on Calendars.com.

This would also make a fun gift for Father’s Day. The kids can help dad to get the seeds planted, then dad can take it to work with him and grow it on his desk or office window. Dad can have fun watching the plants feed while he’s at work. It’s certainly a more creative gift idea than a tie or mug.

Calendars.com has plenty of other gift ideas for dads and grads too (don’t forget the graduates!). The also have plenty of products that would be fun to enjoy this summer.

Here are just a few ideas.

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A fun football game dad can enjoy at the office or just about anywhere.
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My afternoon kids have this game and they LOVE it. It’s a lot of fun. They laugh a lot when they play this too. This is a game kids and parents can both enjoy.

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This is another creative gift idea for dad. I just recommend that you DON’T give it to him at work. LOL!

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Another fun game the whole family can enjoy.

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Nothing beats the classics like a Yo-Yo. If your dad is a big kid at heart he would probably enjoy this too. 201500012524

This is another fun game that could also work well for a Father’s Day gift.

If you would like to learn more about these or other great gifts ideas visit Calendars.com. You can also connect with them on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about these ideas? Would any of them make a great gift idea for your dad?

What about something fun to do for the summer? Would the Venus Fly Trap make a good activity for your child?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. I have never seen a Venus Fly Trap in person. They look like something you’d find in a horror movie. After this review I’m curious about them. I think my grandchildren would like something like this. They can take them home with them. I don’t want them in my house.

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