My kids are a little under the weather today, so we decided to
do a low-key project indoors and make bath crayons.
There are tons of tutorials online on how to do this, but I
primarily used this one from Helium.
Here are the supplies you need: White ivory soap, cookie
cutters, a cheese grater and some food coloring. I received the box
of cookie cutters from my good friend Casey as a bridal shower gift - they are
awesome. Not only are there endless cookie possibilities, but they
are perfect for play doh and, well, bath crayons.
You shred the ivory soap with a cheese grater. We ended up using
3 bars of soap.
Then you take a cup of the soap and mix some warm water (about a
1/4 cup) with it. Stir in food coloring of your choice. You are
supposed to stir until it is stiff. I can't say that these every
got stiff. I also read you are supposed to stir until the soap
dissolves, but my kids were a little too excited to wait that long.
Then press them into cookie cutter molds or ice cube trays. I
set these on a piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet. We made
about 12 crayons out of 3 bars of soap in 6 different colors.
We put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes, then popped
them out of the cookie cutters. You are supposed to let them harden
for a day or two before using them in the bath. I'll be interested
to see if they really work - I've read that people have had varying
degrees of success. Either way, the kids had a blast making them,
and it was a very inexpensive project. Let us know if you try it,
and if so, how it works!
If you haven't had a chance to make it to the Benton
Franklin Fair and Rodeo, you still have one more opportunity
Saturday, August 28th.
Dubbed Fiesta Foods Day at the fair, your little ones
can enjoy a retriever dog competition in the morning, Super Science
Company activities in the Kids' Zone from 10 am to 6 pm, Carnival
rides throughout the day, Picasso's Place art at noon in the Kids'
Zone, a Horse Heaven Round Up rodeo at 7 pm and plenty of exhibits
and dance shows that will keep the family busy.
Parents with older children will benefit from an
extra hour of fun on rides as the fair stays open until midnight.
Be sure to get a stamp as you leave the fairgrounds if you plan to
return and keep your parking stub as your purchase is good for the
entire day. For more information on the fair, visitwww.bffairrodeo.com.
Whether you're getting ready to take one last trip this summer
or hauling the family to sporting games this fall, the Boon spoon
aptly named 'Squirt' is ideal for traveling with baby. Simply load
the spoon with food before you head out the door, slip on the
protective cover and when baby is ready to eat, you're one step
A light squeeze of the spoon dispenses food. It can hold up to
three ounces of baby food and makes one-handed feeding simple.
Easy to use, easy to clean and a must have for the diaper bag
when you're out and about. The Boon 'Squirt' can be found at
retailers such as Target and costs anywhere from $5 to $8.
The smell of elephant ears and scones will soon fill the air,
and that means the fair is here and the entertainment is plentiful!
The Benton Franklin Fair boasts plenty of fun-filled activities for
kids and teens of all ages, including livestock, rodeos, the
demolition derby, concerts, carnival rides, exhibitor booths and of
course the wonderful taste of fair food. (It's all fat free,
right?) This year marks the fair's 62nd birthday. The
gates open on Tuesday, August 24th and runs through
August 28th. Kids 5 and under get in for free, youth 6
to 12 get in for $5 and those older than 13 pay $12.
Wristbands for carnival rides are also available, and if you
want to save $5 in parking, the transit will be offering additional
routes to get you to and from the fairgrounds. The fair is open
from 9 am until 11 pm until Saturday when the fair stays open until
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A few reminders about the Trends & Friends
Event Date: August 12 from 6 - 8 pm
Passport: Pick up a passport from the Fistful of
Coupons booth. It will show the location of each participant,
and all completed passports will be entered to win prizes like
giftcards & gift baskets!
Goody Bag: The MOM Magazine booth will distribute goody
bags to the first 200 visitors. Make sure you pick up your
passport FIRST - this booth is on the list!
Take your time & stroll through the booths. There
are no extra prizes for finishing first - we want you and your
friends to have time to enjoy all of the participants!
PF Changs will be sampling the Asian Pear Mojito & Green
Apple Martini at Center Court. $5 will get you a tasting of
each, and the $5 benefits the local Habitat for
As summer winds down, something more than school is beginning
in Tri-Cities... a new children's singing and performing group
called TaVaci School of Performing Arts opened this August and is
now enrolling for Fall Semester classes! TaVaci
(tuh-vah-see) uses the performing arts as a
vehicle to teach life skills to children, ages four through twelve.
The educational program teaches singing, drama, rhythm,
choreography, and theory with an emphasis on proper vocal
technique. Katee James, Tri-Cities' TaVaci director, will lead
weekly classes at her home music studio, as well as directing
biannual concerts. For more information about class days and times,
call (509) 547-4745. To register for classes, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
for a registration packet. Check out this great
Current TaVaci classes:
Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm (ages 4-7, pre-k to 2nd grade)
Thursday 4:00-5:00pm (ages 8-12, 3rd to 6th grade)
As enrollment grows, more classes will be offered to ensure
class sizes remain small for an optimal learning environment. All
classes will be held at my home studio in West Pasco.
There are lots of sport options for elementary age kids, but for
parents and guardians anxious to also get their 3 and 4 year olds
into the swing of things, fall T-ball fits the bill! The YMCA fall
T-ball season runs from August 16th through October
1st and has teams for ages 3-to-4, 5-to-7 and 8-to-10.
The seven week season teaches kids fundamental skills like batting,
throwing, catching and team work in a fun atmosphere to keep even
the youngest rookies engaged. Games and practices are held in the
evenings and teams typically have one practice and one game each
week. Kids in the 5-to-7 and 8-to-10 year old team brackets gain a
deeper understanding of how the game is played. To register,
download your T-ball form from www.ymcatricities.org or call 374-1908. The
season costs $26 for YMCA members and $38 for non members.
Back To School wouldn't be complete without MOM Magazine!
If your neighborhood is lacking a community pool,
George Prout Pool in Richland may be the answer you need
let the kids work off some energy. Located off of Swift Boulevard,
this public pool boasts two separate areas to meet the needs of
kids young and old.
For those vertically challenged and lacking the
necessary swim skills, a kiddie pool that gradually deepens yet
doesn't go over three feet lets toddlers have a blast while keeping
their feet firmly planted on the pool floor. Around the corner is a
larger and deeper pool with two diving boards for thrill seeking
tweens and teens looking to show off. Parents don't even have to
bake in the sun while waiting for the pool session to end as there
is a bleacher section that's completely shaded.
Added bonus-lifeguards are on hand at both pools for
extra sets of eyes! Public swim hours are Monday through Thursday
from 1:15 to 2:45, 3:00 to 4:30 and 7:00 to 8:30 pm. On Fridays,
the pool is open from 1:15 to 2:45 and 3:00 to 4:30. Saturday and
Sunday both offer public swim from 1:00 to 2:30, 2:45 to 4:15, 4:30
to 6:00 with an extra session on Saturday from 6:15 to
7:45. Richland residents 17 and under only pay 50 cents
and $1.50 for 18 and above. Non-Richland residents pay just a 75
cents and $2.00 respectively. There is also a family rate for extra
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