I recently was introduced to Family Fun magazine by a friend and neighbor. She always has great ideas for the kids, so I thought I would give it a try.
In the June/July issue they launched Badges of Fun to celebrate their 20th birthday. During each month for the next year families can earn badges by participating in themed activities. Once the month’s activity is complete you are able to post photos on their website and be eligible for some prizes. You can also print out the badges you have completed and display them on the poster.
For June/July the badge is called backyard fun. Some of their suggestions were to camp in your backyard (hmm my bed is too comfortable to do that and the kids are too little to do it on their own), play twilight games (would love to, but it doesn’t get dark until 10 p.m. right now) and make garden art (ding, ding, we have a winner.)
One Friday night we made painted rocks for the flower beds. I found some outdoor paint in a few colors, had a handful of paint brushes and our yard has plenty of rocks. We all sat down on the garage floor and went to work. Will ended up with more paint on his clothes and hands than on the rocks (thank goodness I changed his clothes.)
We only had about six colors, so soon enough we started mixing colors to make new ones. It was a good lesson for Jack about what colors mix to make other ones; impromptu science lesson, who know that would happen.
Once the rocks were dry (a few hours later) and it had stopped raining (a few days later) we placed them out in our flowerbeds. Both boys thought it was fun to put them in groups near some of the flowers. It was a great project, the perfect balance of something Will could do and still challenging for Jack. We have our first badge complete and we checked something off our Summer Fun List.