Crafts, Projects, Science Experiments, and Recipes for Moms with Young Children - Funology http://www.funology.com A huge collection of activities for moms with young, elementary school-aged kids Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:34:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Whoah, that’s deep! http://www.funology.com/whoah-thats-deep/ http://www.funology.com/whoah-thats-deep/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 18:15:28 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=10116 Every little boy has sat in his sandbox and dreamed about digging to the center of Earth, but just how far would he have to dig? Let’s just say he may need a bigger shovel. Check out this fun graphic that illustrates just how far down some of the deepest holes in the Earth reach. World's deepest holes For more information, visit GeoCon’s website.

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Fill 100 water balloons in one minute? Take my money! http://www.funology.com/fill-100-water-balloons-in-one-minute-take-my-money/ http://www.funology.com/fill-100-water-balloons-in-one-minute-take-my-money/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:40:26 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=10102 bunchabaloons-kickstarter
Have you seen this amazing Kickstarter project yet? The creator has devised an ingenious device that allows you to fill 100 water balloons in one minute. That ought to keep the neighbor kids at bay for a while!

The project has already raised way more than the $10,000 it needed, but there’s still time to contribute and get your hands on your own “Bunch a Balloons.”

 

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Bluum Subscription Box Review http://www.funology.com/bluum-subscription-box-review/ http://www.funology.com/bluum-subscription-box-review/#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:23:28 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=10071 Before we promote anything on this site, we try to take the product for a test drive whenever possible. We recently signed on as an affiliate for the monthly subscription gift box service Bluum, and were excited to get our hands on a box to review.

bluum subscription box review

A bright, cheerful red box arrived in the mail today and the kids could hardly wait for me to take the photos before they tore into it. It is certainly going to be a challenge to hide this from the kids when it arrives each month!

bluum subscription box review

I have tried several subscription box services and it’s always nice when the box is big! This is one of the largest boxes yet, and it was absolutely filled to capacity. My sons’ eyes grew when the box revealed all its vibrantly colored contents.

bluum subscription box review

When you sign up for Bluum, you are asked your child’s age and whether the box is for a boy or a girl, and each month’s box is catered towards your child. The box we received was for a preschool-aged boy, and it’s safe to say they hit their mark — you can never have too many Boogie Wipes! The workbook is a hefty 144-pages, and the water bottle is stainless steel — no BPA here! The little blue plastic dish was instantly turned into a frisbee by my kids, whether that was its intended purpose is still up for debate, and the snack bag will certainly get used on our outings.

bluum subscription box review

This swiss-army knife of a bubble blower was a huge hit with the boys.

bluum subscription box review

This ingenious little device was my favorite item. Not only does it catch the summertime popsicle drips, but there’s a straw that lets your child suck up all that melted juice or ice cream. Genius!

Overall, I’m very pleased with the selection–there’s no junk, which is unusual for gift box subscriptions, in my experience. Every item in the box is going to be put to good use. If you want to learn more about the Bluum subscription service, you can get all the info over on their site. Here’s a short video explaining the service:

If you decide to purchase a subscription, I’d love it if you did so through this link, so that I can earn a few pennies for recommending it. If you are already a subscriber, I’m interested to hear what you think of Bluum in the comments below.

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Knock Knock Jokes (page 4) http://www.funology.com/knock-knock-jokes-page-4/ http://www.funology.com/knock-knock-jokes-page-4/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:53:53 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=10067 Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Isabell.
Isabell who?
Is a bell working?


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Tank.
Tank who?
Your welcome!


Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Alex.
Alex who?
Alex-plain later!


Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Ketchup.
Ketchup who?
Ketchup with me and I’ll tell you!


Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Annie.
Annie who?
Annie body home?


Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Watson.
Watson who?
What’s on tv tonight?


Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Cook.
Cook who?
Hey! Who are you calling cuckoo?


Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Spell.
Spell who?
W-H-O


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Dishes.
Dishes who?
Dish is a nice place!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Althea.
Althea who?
Althea later alligator!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Norma Lee.
Norma Lee who?
Norma Lee I don’t go around knocking on doors, but I just had to meet you!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
CD.
CD who?
CD guy on your doorstep?


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Somebody too short to ring the doorbell!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Iowa.
Iowa who?
Iowa big apology to the owner of that red car!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Abbot.
Abbot who?
Abbot you don’t know who this is!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Viper.
Viper who?
Viper nose, it’s running!

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Knock Knock Jokes (page 3) http://www.funology.com/knock-knock-jokes-page-3/ http://www.funology.com/knock-knock-jokes-page-3/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:47:56 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=10063 Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Claire.
Claire who?
Claire the way, I’m coming through!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Arfur.
Arfur who?
Arfur got!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Abby.
Abby who?
Abby birthday to you!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Nana.
Nana who?
Nana your business.


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Ya.
Ya who?
Wow. You sure are excited to see me!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Cows go
Cows go who?
Cows don’t go who, they go moo!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Etch.
Etch who?
Bless you!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Roach.
Roach who?
Roach you a letter, did you get it?


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Aida.
Aida who?
Aida sandwich for lunch today.


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Iona.
Iona who?
Iona new car!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Scold.
Scold who?
Scold enough out here to go ice skating.


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Police.
Police who?
Police hurry up, it’s chilly outside!


Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Justin.
Justin who?
Just in the neighborhood, thought I would drop by.


Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Ben.
Ben who?
Ben knocking For 10 minutes.


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Two knee.
Two knee who?
Two-knee fish!


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Hoo.
Hoo who?
Are you a owl?


Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
I am.
I am who?
You mean you don’t know who you are?

 

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2014 Back to School Sales Tax Holidays http://www.funology.com/back-to-school-sales-tax-holidays/ http://www.funology.com/back-to-school-sales-tax-holidays/#respond Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:11:48 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=8834 back to school sales tax holidays

Summer is here, and back to school sales are back. In order to lighten the impact on our finances, many states offer tax-free holidays on school supplies, clothing, and sometimes more. We have created a list of participating states, and their sales tax holiday information. Check your state, and start saving!

Alabama

Note: Not all counties participate in the holiday.

August 1-3, 2014

clothing less than $100 per item
computers less than $750 per item
school supplies less than $50 per item
books less than $30 per item

More information: http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/

Arkansas

August 2-3, 2014

clothing less than $100 per item
school supplies

More information: http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/

Connecticut

August 17-23, 2014

clothing and footwear less than $300 per item

More information: http://www.ct.gov/

Florida

August 1-3, 2014

school supplies less than $15 per item
clothing less than $100 per item
computers less than $750 per item

More information: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/

Georgia

August 1-2, 2014

school supplies less than $20 per item
clothing less than $100 per item
computers less than $1,000 per item

More information: https://etax.dor.ga.gov/

Iowa

August 1-2, 2014

clothing less than $100 per item

More information: http://www.iowaccess.org/tax/

Louisiana

August 1-2, 2014

All tangible personal property less than $2,500. Food and cars not included.

More information: http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/

Maryland

August 10-16, 2014

clothing & footwear less than $100 per item

More information: http://www.marylandtaxes.com/

Mississippi

July 25-26, 2014

clothing & footwear less than $100 per item

More information: http://www.dor.ms.gov/

Missouri

Note: certain cities, counties and districts have elected not to participate. Also, back to school sales tax holiday rates vary throughout the state.

August 1-3, 2014

clothing less than $100 per item
computers less than $3,500 per item
school supplies less than $50 per item

More information: http://dor.mo.gov/

New Mexico

August 1-3, 2014

clothing less than $100 per item
computers less than $1,000 per item
computer equip. less than $500 per item
school supplies less than $30 per item

More information: http://www.tax.newmexico.gov

North Carolina

No longer participating

More information: http://www.dornc.com/

Oklahoma

August 1-3, 2014

clothing less than $100 per item

More information: http://www.tax.ok.gov/

South Carolina

August 1-3, 2014

clothing
school supplies
computers
other

More information: http://www.sctax.org/

Tennessee

August 1-3, 2014

clothing less than $100 per item
school supplies less than $100 per item
computers less than $1,500 per item

More information: http://tn.gov/revenue/

Texas

August 8-10, 2014

clothing, backpacks and school supplies less than $100 per item

More information: http://www.window.state.tx.us/

Virginia

August 1-3, 2014

clothing less than $100 per item
school supplies less than $20 per item

More information: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/

 

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Funology Favorites: Toy List http://www.funology.com/funology-favorites-toy-list/ http://www.funology.com/funology-favorites-toy-list/#respond Sat, 14 Dec 2013 20:42:26 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=9829 Here at Funology, we have played with our share of toys and games, and boy do we have fun! Here are some of our favorites.

Favorite Video Games

Skylanders Swap Force

Embark on an exciting new adventure with the Skylanders and the SWAP Force. For generations, the SWAP Force protected the volcano that replenishes Skylands’ magic. That is until an epic battle caught them in an eruption that blasted them apart, sent them to Earth and gave them the ability swap powers. Only you can mix and match their tops and bottoms, put them on the new Portal of Power and help save Skylands.
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Pokémon X

The Next Evolution in Pokémon comes to Nintendo 3DS.

  • All-new Pokémon and past favorites come to life with detailed graphics and intense 3D battles.
  • Become a Pokémon Trainer and set out for adventure in a vast and wondrous new region filled with new Pokémon to catch, trade, and battle.
  • In Pokémon-Amie, you can pet, feed, and play with your Pokémon to form a deeper bond, which may benefit you in future battles.
  • Connect and communicate with players around the world at any time. Challenge them to a battle, trade Pokémon, and much more.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Welcome to Animal Crossing, where as mayor of your own town you make the decisions that shape your town and your life. Experience a living, breathing world where new friends and new discoveries await every day, morning, noon and night. Express yourself by customizing your character, your house and your town as you create your own ideal world. Expand and extend your Animal Crossing experience with the Animal Crossing Plaza application for the Wii U console! Post messages and attach screenshots of your Animal Crossing: New Leaf moments and learn about new characters and in-game tips. Invite others to see your town by sharing your town’s Dream Address, organize your photos, and more!
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Disney Infinity Starter Pack

In Disney Infinity you have the freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters. Discover three Play Sets, including Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Incredibles, with up to 2-player local co-op.

  • Monsters University: Play as Sulley in his early student days in the world of Monsters University.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Plunge into adventure as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean and find pieces of the Kraken’s Bane.
  • The Incredibles: Activate the powers of Mr. Incredible on a quest to save the world from Syndrome and his super villains.
  • Toy Box: Create your own worlds in Toy Box with up to 2-player local or 4-player networked online play. Mix, match, and mash up unlocked toys from the Play Sets along with Disney and Disney/Pixar characters to invent just about any adventure you can imagine. You can also expand your Disney Infinity experience by downloading user generated Toy Boxes created by Disney and the community.

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Wii Party U with Black Wii Remote Plus

Have fun together with this new medley of living room party games! Four game modes change up the way you play with the Wii Remote controllers* and GamePad. Attend a game show that tests how well others know you, or dance together to familiar tunes in House Party mode. If you’re just looking for a short burst of fun, look no further than Minigames mode, which features tournament brackets and a solo dojo fest. Try TV Party if you’re in the mood for a board game. You can also shut the TV off and play two-player tabletop games exclusively on the GamePad, which range from foosball to baseball to slot-car racing. Every kind of party can be found in this one unique package, which includes a Wii Remote Plus as well as a horizontal stand for your Wii U GamePad.
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New Super Luigi U

With Mario nowhere to be found, it’s up to Luigi to save the day in a brand-new adventure that takes place in the world of New Super Mario Bros. U. Experience new gameplay challenges as you guide Luigi, complete with his high jump and unique slide, through all-new courses. Enjoy high replay-ability and satisfaction from mastering each course, and then share your triumphs via the Miiverse feature. Up to five players can jump into the fun, with Nabbit taking the place of Mario as a playable character. Help Luigi finally prove he has what it takes!
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LEGO: Marvel

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features an original story crossing all the Marvel families. Players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they try to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a Super weapon which they could use to control the Earth. Players will chase down Comic Bricks as they travel across a LEGO New York and visit key locations from the Marvel universe such as Stark Tower, Asteroid M, an abandoned Hydra Base and the X-Mansion.
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Favorite Toys

Electronic Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits makes learning electronics easy and fun. Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build exciting projects such as AM radios; burglar alarms; doorbells and much more. You can even play electronic games with your friends. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. Enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics. No tools required.
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LEGO Chima Cragger Command Ship

The ultimate swamp battle is on. Leonidas and Lonnex are making a jet-bike escape with the Croc tribe’s CHI, but it takes more than that to outsmart croc prince Cragger. Fire up Cragger’s Command Ship and go after them! Activate the huge snapping mouth, swipe the croc tail and fire the CHI-powered missiles! Call in their Raven ally Rawzom to track them from the air or to swoop down from above and catch those CHI-nabbing cats! Then, deploy the stealthy mini boats and high-flying croc helicopter to stop them from ever leaving the swamp. Includes 6 minifigures with assorted weapons.
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Spot It

Spot it! is the addictive, feverishly fun matching game for every generation. The first thing to know about Spot it! is that there is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards. Got it? Now all you need is a sharp eye and a quick hand to play all five party games packed into the grab ‘n’ go tin. Including up to eight players, Spot it! is a cinch to learn, plays fast, and is irresistibly fun for all ages!
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Qwirkle Board Game

An addictive strategy game in the tradition of Sequence, Scrabble, and Othello, the Qwirkle Board Game from MindWare has a simple, straightforward premise: match tiles and win points. But the real joy of the game lies in plotting and scheming your way to victory. Winner of the Parent’s Choice Gold Award and a Mensa Select National Competition Winner, Qwirkle is destined to be a family game night favorite. This game is designed for ages six and up and for two to four players.
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Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway. For 2 to 5 players ages 8 and older. Playing time: 30-60 minutes. Comes with: 1 Board map of North American train routes, 240 Colored Train Cars, 110 Train Car cards, 30 Destination Tickets, 5 Wooden Scoring Markers, 1 Days of Wonder Online access number, and a Rules booklet.
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Rainbow Loom

Make super fun to wear rubber band bracelets and more! Step by step instruction is provided in the package.

  • Includes: Two templates, Hook, C-clips, Instruction, and 600+ pieces latex free rubber bands.
  • Makes up to 24 rubber band bracelets.

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Thankful Turkey http://www.funology.com/thankful-turkey/ http://www.funology.com/thankful-turkey/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2013 03:04:37 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=9847 Thankful Turkey 1 Thankful Turkey 2

What You Need:

  • Brown construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Multiple colors of construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Black marker or crayon

Instructions:

  1. Cut two circles out of brown construction paper, one larger than the other. The larger circle is the body of the turkey, and the smaller circle is the head of the turkey.
  2. Glue the head onto the body.
  3. Cut a turkey waddle out of the red construction paper, and glue it under the head.
  4. Cut turkey legs out of the black construction paper, and glue them under the body.
  5. Draw eyes and a beak on the turkey.
  6. Choose several different colors of construction paper for the feathers.
  7. Cut out several feathers from the colored construction paper. (We made 6 feathers in 5 different colors)
  8. Tape the body of the turkey up on the wall.
  9. Write “I am thankful for…” on one of the feathers and tape it on the turkey in the center.
  10. Give the kids a black marker or dark crayon, and have them write what they are thankful for on the each of the feathers. Each person can make one or several.
  11. Tape the feathers around the turkey.
  12. Keep as a decoration and a reminder of all of the things you are grateful for.

 

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NPR maps out accessible playgrounds across the country http://www.funology.com/npr-maps-out-accessible-playgrounds-across-the-country/ http://www.funology.com/npr-maps-out-accessible-playgrounds-across-the-country/#respond Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:08:25 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=9694 I just heard about “Playgrounds for Everyone,” a new tool that parents can use to find accessible playgrounds in their area, and thought it was worth sharing. The app currently lists over 1,300 accessible playgrounds, with features such as smooth surfaces, swings with backs or safety harnesses, ramps to allow children to access play towers and slides, or sound-play features like drums or chimes.

The app is easily the most comprehensive list out there, but they could still use the community’s help in identifying even more playgrounds to add to the list.

You can download the app now at http://apps.npr.org/playgrounds/.

Or, if you prefer, you can access the playground list online at http://www.accessibleplayground.net/playground-directory/.

 

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Diorama building techniques for kids http://www.funology.com/diorama-building-techniques-for-kids/ http://www.funology.com/diorama-building-techniques-for-kids/#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:02:12 +0000 http://www.funology.com/?p=9689 Last weekend, we visited the Greenberg Train Show as it rolled through town, and I was particularly interested in learning some tips and tricks that the model train enthusiasts use for building their train layouts. We have some diorama projects lined up for cub scouts this year, and I can’t wait to show the scouts how to build their own projects using some of these techniques.

cub scouts diorama building tips

By using styrofoam boards as the base structure, it’s easy to stack and carve hills or valleys. An added advantage of this material is that it is extremely light and easy to carry around.

Once you have the styrofoam carved, you can coat it with a layer of Plaster of Paris to smooth out all the joints and rough edges. Then you paint the whole scene with different earth tones, and before the paint dries, sprinkle on some ground foam, which you can buy at hobby shops. The paint acts like a glue and adheres all the small particles of ground foam to the base.

Now, all you need to do is add some props — maybe some sticks for trees, or small action figures or Matchbox cars.

model train scenery

Who knows, maybe the kids will get really ambitious and create a work of art like this model train set up!

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