I love pool noodles! They’re bright, colorful, and make great garden markers after a summer of playing with them in the pool!
Since we’re all heading back to school I thought it would be fun to upcycle the noodles into pencil garden markers! Cute right?
1. Use a knife or small saw to cut the main pencil out of the pool noodle. Yellow is best but you can use any color. I made mine about 2 feet but you can do any length you’d like.
2. Cut an eraser out of a red or different color noodle. I usually cut it about 6 inches, but again it’s up to you.
3. Create the pencil lead with another color. Use the knife or saw to cut it at an able to create a point.
4. Attach the pieces together with duct tape.
5. Use the marker to write the names of your plants on it and stick them on a stake and right into the ground.
First ingredient of course is still lemons! The key to helping kids squeeze fresh lemons is let them press down on the lemons and roll them around the table. Yes, we get to play with our food. This loosens up the insides and makes it easier for small hands to twist on the juicer.
Now comes making the lemonade. A lot of times we’ve just thrown sugar, water and lemons into a pitcher to make lemonade. However, when you do that the sugar sinks to the bottom and takes forever to dissolve. (There definitely is a science lesson there in figuring out why- Keep reading for a cool experiment! )
If you have the time, heat the water and sugar together first to make a syrup mixture and then add the lemon juice to the syrup and mix it all together. Here is LISA's LEMONADE RECIPE:
Yield: about 2 quarts
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (strained to remove pulp and seeds if you like)
4 cups of cold water
Boil sugar and 1 ½ cups of water to create a sugar/water syrup. Let it cool and then mix in lemon juice. Add cold water and you’re ready!
Now, comes the fun part! Creating different ways to make the traditional lemonade different.
Having ice cold lemonade on a summer day is incredibly refreshing, and when the kids decide to have a lemonade stand, it's even sweeter.
We used to make our lemonade stronger than the recipe called for because when we poured it over ice it would get diluted or watered down. I loved the day a light bulb popped into my head and said “just make the ice cube stronger!” Wow! These are my favorite to include because they add to the flavor, they look really cool, and they’re fun to make.
Growing a Giant Strawberry!
Here’s a great experiment to share with your kids about strawberries:
After only a month of growing, little white flowers will start to pop up on the strawberry plant. Each of these blooms will turn into a strawberry if left alone. However, if you want to have giant strawberries try picking all the flowers off except for 3.
All the water and nutrients that the plant eats should now go to help just these three strawberries grow!
To make the experiment really cool…start with the same size plant in two different pots and then don’t pick the flowers on one. With the other, just leave 3 flowers and see if the strawberries are bigger.
Be sure to take pictures and let me know if it worked. I can’t wait to try my daughter’s super big red plump strawberries!
Earlier this week I made a fast and easy tablescape using cinder blocks as the base for floral arrangements. Today on the blog, I thought I would include the fast instructions and a few photos to show how the finished product came to life!
Next, I removed the duct tape and allowed the blocks to dry. In the hot Southern California sun, this took about half an hour. But if where you are it's less warm, please wait about one hour before you begin planting to ensure the paint is dry. Also, acrylic paint will work great if you don't have spray paint handy.
Now for the best part. Place the dried blocks on your party table. Next, I used potted landscaping florals to gently place in to the center of the cinder blocks. I didn't even replant them! To keep your fantastic table cloths clean, I might suggest you place some landscape fabric or even a piece of plastic underneath the flowers before placing them in the blocks. I made a fantastic video giving step by step instructions - you can watch it here: Patriotic Cinder Block Tablescape - FACEBOOK
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