Kids July Fun Activities – Time to Celebrate

This weekend kicks off a month of kids July fun activities. It’s also time to celebrate with fun and play! For today, we can party with Canada. It’s Canada’s 150th birthday. Who gets invited to birthday parties? Well, friends and neighbors.make a handprint flag for Canada Day craft

The Canada flag is red and white. Here are some fun activities:

  1. Make a Canada flag. The maple leaf in the center can be tricky to do, but a handprint works too. Two vertical red bars on the side, and a red hand on white, and you have a flag.
  2. Start the day with red berries, yogurt, and maple syrup on pancakes. Or, layer berries, whipped cream, and granola in a clear glass for a tasty snack.
  3. Make any flavor snow cone, because everyone in the world knows Canada has snow, but hopefully not in summer.
  4. Freeze coconut milk and raspberries into popsicles.

Fireworks, parades, and watermelon signal time for fun and play with friends, family, and neighbors. ‘This the season for camping, water fights, marshmallows, ‘smores, kidy pools, campfires, balls and Frisbees, and more! Long days and short nights give us more summer time to celebrate with fun and play. What will you do?

Print off the July calendar below and tape to the fridge for a play-of-the-day inspiration all month long!july-fun-1

Fairy Snacks: Fairy Fruit Magic Wands and Fairy Berry Smoothies

Fairy snacks are fun and easy to make with fruit. We made fairy magic wands and fairy berry smoothies too. They are nutritious and yummy to eat.fairy fruit snacks

Fairy fruit magic wands can use almost any fruit you have at home. After washing our hands so we couldn’t taste any fingers, Big Brother helped slice a banana while I topped some strawberries.fairy fruit snacks

Together we made one magic wand with strawberry, banana, and pineapple chunks on a skewer. We put them on in a pattern: strawberry, pineapple, banana/strawberry, pineapple, banana. Then, Big Brother made his own. He chose to use only strawberries and bananas and, for the most part, put them on in a pattern too.fairy fruit snacks

Patterning is an important thinking skill. It helps reduce the volume of information so, whenever possible, we play with pattern sequences. Kids need lots and lots of experiences to figure out how patterns work. After making the fairy fruit magic wands, we slid the fruit back off the skewers and ate them up.

Berry and fairy sound almost the same. To make the smoothies, we used raspberries and strawberries. Blackberries aren’t ready yet here but they would be good too. So would blueberries. After washing hands and fruit we added them to the blender with some yogurt and a bit of honey. Blend until smooth, pour into cups, and slurp with straws.

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Cooking with kids encourages more skills than patterning and rhyming words. There’s following instructions, doing steps in order, basic science, special language, measuring, counting, comparing, and others. When children are involved with food preparation, they are more aware of what they are eating and more open to trying new foods. They develop a partnership with foods instead of only consuming them. Being part of the preparation and the clean-up also promotes a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. We all enjoy being part of the group, kids included. They feel they are able to contribute to the family too.fairy fruit snacks

These fairy snacks were easy and healthy. Magic wands weren’t needed for taste, but added to the fun. Any kitchen fairies at your house?

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Dancing Buttons Fairy Water Science Experiment – Fairy Activities #18

This dancing buttons fairy water science experiment is a twist on the popular dancing raisins activity. It’s fun to try something a little different.fairy water science experiment for kids

Raisins dance up and down in clear soda pop. We’re used to seeing things sink in water or float, but not usually both. The bubbles in the soda carry the raisins up. When the bubbles all pop, the raisins sink back down. We called the soda pop fairy water and tried some different items.Halloween science for kids

There were some shiny sequin shapes left-over from our fairy play dough fun. First, we had to check if they would sink in plain, ordinary tap water. When we placed them flat on the water in a jar, they floated but when we dropped them in sideways they would sink and stay on the bottom. Now that we knew they would float, we were ready to try them in the fairy water. Big Brother and Little Sister said they would float. Big Sister said they would do both. Baby Brother was napping and didn’t express his hypothesis, even though he has plenty of opinions at other times.fairy water science experiment for kids

When we dropped the sequin shapes in the fairy water, they stayed on the top. The only way they would sink even a little bit was if we stirred them and poked them. So then we tried buttons. The kids looked thru the button box and choose 5 small ones each. We checked in the plain tap water that they would sink. They did. We talked about what would happen in the fairy water. Although the kids thought they would float, I suggested they might be too heavy. We put in all 15 buttons at once.

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What a show! The buttons danced up and down and up and down. We watched them for the longest time and checked on them periodically after that. After about 15 minutes, there were fewer bubbles so the sequin shapes would sink a little if we poked them. It took longer for the bubbles to build up enough for the buttons to rise but there was still action.

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Simple science activities can be such fun. We’ve added a variation to the raisins to make our own dancing buttons fairy water science experiment. Any suggestions for what we can try next?


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Why We Should Share Fantasy Stories and Fairy Tales with Children

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Fairy Writing Fun – Fairy and Elf Activities #17 for Boys and Girls

Not all kids are interested in pencil and paper activities, but it helps to turn them into play – like this fairy writing fun. Have you ever seen any? Who knows what fairy writing looks like? Since none of us have ever seen any, one idea is as good as another. We can ask kids … Continue reading Fairy Writing Fun – Fairy and Elf Activities #17 for Boys and Girls

Washing Fairy Rocks Play – Fairy and Elf Activities #16 for Boys and Girls

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Play & Celebrate International Fairy Day – Fairy Play For Girls & Boys

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Fairy Yoga Play for Kids – Fairy Activities #14

Each year at the start of summer it’s International Yoga Day but yoga can happen any time. Let’s try some fairy yoga play for kids—and grownups too. Some of these yoga poses are from mom Giselle in a Fairy Yoga post on The kids and I have done yoga a few times. Needless to … Continue reading Fairy Yoga Play for Kids – Fairy Activities #14

Magic Milk Swirling Color Science Experiment – Fairy Activities #13

The Google doodle for Oskar Fischinger was a swirl of color, shapes, and sounds; it inspired this visual magic milk swirling color science experiment. The sound was our squeals of wonder as we watched the art-in-action in a dish. Usually, this magic milk swirling color science experiment is done with red, blue, and yellow food … Continue reading Magic Milk Swirling Color Science Experiment – Fairy Activities #13

Simple Summer Nature Fun for Kids – Let’s Celebrate Summer!

Summertime and the livin’ is …outdoors, I hope, especially because kids need nature time! Let’s head outside for some simple summer nature fun today. Wherever your family lives, dress for the weather, be it boots and umbrellas or hats and sunscreen. 1. One of the simplest outdoor nature activities is to check the weather. Open … Continue reading Simple Summer Nature Fun for Kids – Let’s Celebrate Summer!