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Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottle Pirate Ships

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This week’s challenge for summer activity fun with the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series was plastic soda bottles. I admit, this one had me stumped for a bit, but I couldn’t be happier with where we ended up. The boys were so excited and had a blast playing with their plastic soda bottle Pirate Ships.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
After washing out the soda bottles, the first thing I did was wrap them up in some colorful duct tape from my daughter’s stash (seriously, she has an entire collection).
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Once they were wrapped, I poured some rice into them so that when they went into the water, the rice would keep the boat bottom heavy and upright (I was pretty proud of myself for pulling a Sid the Science Kid with this idea).
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
The first funnel ended up being too small, so I had to upgrade to the bigger size. 

 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Next I grabbed some old fruit snack containers that had their favorite characters on them. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles worked perfectly, since they looked almost like angry pirates. Dusty Crophopper was definitely not in the pirate realm, but as the numero uno favorite these days, he’s always a win. I drew a pretty basic sail on each (VERY basic) with a Sharpie and cut them out for the pirate ship sails.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Using some little rectangle pieces of wood I had hanging out in our random craft bin, I mounted the sails onto each boat and reinforced with more duct tape. We were ready to go!
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
When I brought the surprise pirate ships out to the boys, they went absolutely nuts. They knew exactly what they were and they couldn’t wait to set sail in the pool. They laughed, tossed them about, dragged and raced them for as long as they lasted. I admit, the sails took some good water and held up for longer than I expected, but ideally, some kind of laminated sail would be best. Eventually, they got floppy and kind of died. Which was no problem of course, because then the boys just started chucking them around the pool and laughing at the giant sinking pirate ship splashes.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
I will definitely be keeping a supply of plastic soda bottles on hand to do this activity again in the future. It would be great for winter too, just move play time to the bathroom for a summer getaway mid-snow storm. Do you have any neat projects with plastic soda bottles? Be sure to link up below!
Did you miss last week’s activity? We had fun with glow sticks playing Super Hero Soccer!
Be sure to check out my gal pals’ blogs to see how they used plastic soda bottles this week:
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Who’s ready for another week of sharing, networking, and growing your site?

We’re so glad to have each and every one of you joining us each week and can’t wait to connect with you on 2 more social medias this week!

This party is all about building and fostering a community of bloggers that actively support each other in their blogging journeys.

And, as you all know, one of the best ways for bloggers to connect with one another, is through social media.

So the Share ~ Network ~ Grow social media link up was born! We’ll be featuring 2 different social media networks on the link up each week and hope that by focusing on 2 rather than all of them every week, you will have more of a chance to connect and engage with some amazing new bloggers!

Now, let’s get this party started!

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1. Please follow your host and co-hosts! We’d love to connect with all of you!
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3. ENGAGE! No one likes a link and run blogger. If you add your link, try to engage with at least one other blogger.

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Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art

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It’s Monday!! You know what that means…it’s time for another Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge! This week…Kool-Aid. Last week, I thought I hit the bottom of the barrel as far as low cost, spending less than $6 on an afternoon of family fun with Paper Bag Maracas, but I blew it out of the water this week! Kool-Aid was on sale at Target for $2. I already had the rest of my supplies, so $2 and we were ready to go! Time to get messy and creative with Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
NOTE: This is an outside project. Prepare to get messy! 

It was a beautiful sunny day and the kids were itching for some fun, so we stripped down for some messy art and took it outside to the back deck. A few pieces of construction paper, some Elmer’s glue and a tub of Kool-Aid and we were ready to play. 
 
I started by creating some pictures with the glue based on the kids’ requests (a sun, a tree, a snowman, a silly face). Then I handed them a paper cup filled with Kool-Aid and had them sprinkle away. The sprinkled (or dumped…ha!) the Kool-Aid along the glue around the edges of the picture, carefully spreading it as they went. 

 
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Once they had it covered, I bent the paper gently in half to bring the excess Kool-Aid to the middle and dumped it out, shaking gently to remove and loose mix. In truth, the boys were already happy with seeing the light colored mix on their pictures…but the fun was still coming!
 
As the glue absorbed the Kool-Aid, it slowly turned to the actual color of the mix – red. They were shocked and super excited about this. “Mommy! My sun is turning red!!!” At that age, it was pure magic. 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
I should note that this is not a forever project. Although I suspect the glue would have dried hard eventually, it stayed more like a gel when mixed with the Kool-Aid and never got much past the slimey, sticky phase, so I just tossed the remainders after the kids went to sleep. Our goal was to have fun using our hands to sprinkle and get messy, and to watch our pictures come to life with color. Next time we do this, I am definitely going to pick up several colors of Kool-Aid for even more fun! 
 
This activity was immediately followed with bath time! Kool-Aid gets EVERYWHERE. And you know after just a few short minutes, they found their fingers in their mouths. Sugar for the win! 

 
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Be sure to check out what the other ladies did with Kool-Aid on their blogs today, and link up your Kool-Aid family friendly projects below and share the fun as we all head into summer months. 
 

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Welcome to Social Media Saturdays, the one and only linkup sponsored by the International Bloggers Association, where bloggers grow together. Have you joined yet? If not, go there now!

 

We’re all about making new friends and finding each other in the places we hang out online. This is the place to mingle, make new friends and form real relationships– not the place to drop links and leave!

 

If that sounds good to you, then by all means, share the links to your social media accounts here!

 

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Click the button below or write your own tweet with the hashtag #ilovesocialsaturday so your new friends know where you came from and so that we can chat all day!

 

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There, you can find great new friends in your niche to subscribe to and visit regularly. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to build a network of support!

 

We’re so excited to introduce the newest addition to our weekly linkup– the first-ever official IBA Blog Hop! This hop is just for members of the IBA (badge required) to visit each other’s latest posts in any category and share the love. If you submit a link here, make sure to visit and comment on and/or share three more.

Each week, we’ll be featuring the three posts that got the most clicks in the previous week, so make sure to come back to see if you’ve been featured! Happy Blog-Hopping!

 

Here are the featured posts from last week’s Social Media Saturday

 

Chair Makeover: Miss Rose

Robin at Redo It Yourself Inspiration

Are You Curious About Wacky Cake?/a>

Joanne at What’s On The List?

Blogology Part 2: Blogging Platforms

Megan at The Adventures of Nnoble and Pond

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