Travel Tips (8/6)

Before going on vacation, check out the websites below for travel information. If you haven't flown in a while, be sure to check out all of the new rules for flying -- especially around luggage, foods/drinks, and what you can and can't carry on with you.

*AllTravelTips.com: Tips for every possible situation: from hotels to camping to traveling with children
*AAA Traveler Tools: Tips for traveling by car, by plane, internationally, and much more
*FAA's tips for flying with children

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11 Road Trip Activities

Going on a road trip this summer? Use these great activities, games, and printables to keep your kids happy while riding along in your automobile! If you like this activity, check out our ideas for a park survival kit.

You can print out this entire sheet of ideas by clicking here

What You’ll Need:

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August Activity-A-Day Calendar


So many of us go on family vacations in August, so our monthly theme is "Family Vacation"! Whether you're going on a road trip or looking for ways to vacation at home, we've got a ton of great ideas this month. We've got camping-related activities, animal ideas, luau-themed crafts, and much more! Our crafts, games, and activities are a great way to end your summer! As with July's calendar, you'll see more descriptions of each activity and craft. And again, we will be posting a description of almost every daily activity on our calendar! Check our site a few days before each craft is listed, and you'll see the whole week's activities on our main page with photos, directions, and suggested resources for many of them.

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Sandcastles Forever


Bring home some sand and shells from your beach trip and use them to make a sand castle that won't fall apart! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Sandbox Dinos - a which you can bring with you to the beach.

What You’ll Need:
*1 cup of sand
*1/2 cup of cornstarch
*3/4 cup of water
*shells
*toothpick
*small piece of paper
*glue or tape

Preparation:

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Beach Boardwalk Frame


Make this perfect boardwalk frame for your favorite beach picture! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Sandcastles Forever craft - another great way to keep memories of your beach trip fresh all year long.

What You’ll Need:
*Popsicle craft sticks (19 small and 2 large)
*Glue/hot glue
*2 corks
*Decorative items: small seashells, twine, beach photo for frame
*Blue craft paper
*Scissors

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Hooded Towels

Once my kids grew out of their baby hooded towels, I made them their own! Use any regular size bath towel and hand towel and you’ll have a big kid size hooded towel in minutes! If your older child knows how to use a sewing machine, this is a great, easy craft for them to do on their own. If you like this craft, check out our Beach Towel Poncho -- another great way to keep your kids dry this summer!

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Tic Tac Toe Towel


Perfect to take to the beach or just to play in your front yard! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Family Beach Scavenger Hunt - a great family game to play while at the beach.

What You’ll Need:
*Towel
*Fabric paint
*Foam paintbrush
*Painter's tape (optional)
*Washcloths (5 each of two different colors), yarn, sand (optional)

Preparation:

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Water Experiments, Part 1


Too hot to go outside? No problem! Bring the water indoors with these fun science experiments. If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Bubble Unit which has crafts and experiments you can do with bubbles.

Water Slide
What You’ll Need:
*Tray or other hard surface that can get wet
*Water
*Shampoo
*Oil
*Food coloring, optional

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Water Experiments, Part 2


Too hot to go outside? No problem! Bring the water indoors with these fun science experiments...part 2! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Foam Snakes which use water and dish soap in fun and creative way.

Freezing Water
What You’ll Need:
*Water
*Food coloring, optional
*Plastic container
*Marker

Preparation:

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Read "The Rainbow Fish" (7/21)

Read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. Use various blue materials (tissue paper, cellophane, construction paper, etc.) to make your own rainbow fish.
*What makes someone a good friend?
*If you were the rainbow fish, would you give away your scales to your friends?
*Do you think that how you look is more important than being a good friend?
*What are things that make you happy?

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