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Summer scavenger hunts are not only fun, they’re educational, too! It’s easy to get creative to make up your own, or modify any of these to make it fit for your area and the age of your child. For older ones you will want to make it harder and for younger children make it easy enough to keep them interested while still teaching them important skills.
Nature Scavenger Hunts
Getting kids outside to explore is a great way for them to learn about nature and get exercise at the same time. You can create a nature scavenger hunt for whatever types of items are in your backyard, the park, when you go camping or wherever you choose to hold your scavenger hunt. Here are a few items to think about to get you started with coming up with your own ideas:
• Four leaf clover
• Large leaf
• Small leaf
• Large flower
• Small flower
• Smooth rock
An easy way to create your game is to gather the items from the area you’ll be playing and take a picture of each. This way you know the items will be there and you can print off a picture of each for your child to gather. Next all you need is a basket or bag for your little one to be off and running.
Helping preschoolers learn their numbers is easy and fun with a numbered scavenger hunt. All you need is some colored paper and a pen to get started.
Cut colored paper into pieces and write numbers on them from 1-10. Hide them around your yard or house – kind of like an Easter egg hunt. Once the children find all of the numbers you can have them match them up to a sheet of paper that you’ve written all of the numbers on.
Have the children search around your house for anything with words on it. Use the first letter of the word to have them come up with another word that starts with the same letter. Or if your child is a little more advanced you can give them a letter and have them find a word that has the letter within the word.
You can print out a rainbow of colors and have your child find something of each color to gather. Another variation of this color game is give them a bag of a certain color and have them find 10 objects of the same color to bring back. As you help them go over their items you can reinforce the colors.
This is fun for all ages and you can scale the hunt to fit the ages of your children. Draw a map to several different areas, when they find the first item it should include a clue to the next item and so on. At the end of the hunt they should find the buried treasure!
Scavenger hunts can provide hours of fun for kids of all ages. In fact, if you have a wide range of ages, you might even enlist the help of the older children to create the hunt for the younger ones (Bonus: You might even get your teenager or preteen off their Ipod for an hour or so!). Each child will learn some valuable skills, and you’ll be helping to alleviate their summer boredom.
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July Celebrations Corn Muffins
(makes 12 muffins)
1 can (14.5oz) creamed corn
2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
8 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp salt
Preheat oven to 450F and heat up a 12-cup muffin tin in the hot oven while making the muffin mix.
In a medium saucepan, heat the creamed corn and then stir in 1 cup of the cornmeal. The mixture should be very thick and stiff. Whisk in the buttermilk, then add the eggs. Again, whisk thoroughly, then add the melted butter.
In a medium bowl, mix the remaining cornmeal with the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir carefully until just combined.
Take the muffin tin out of the oven and either use muffin cases or lightly grease the tin. Fill the muffin mix evenly into the muffin cups and bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
Remove muffins and place on a wire rack to cool.
Serve with any soup or a delicious chili (especially our July Celebrations Turkey Chili!).
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Are you looking for a super simple, healthy meal to make for your July celebrations? This yummy turkey chili is easy and delicious and just as good when you reheat it, making it perfect to make ahead and then reheat and serve this Canada Day (July 1st) or Independence Day (July 4th).
July Celebrations Turkey Chili
(Serves about 6-7)
1 can (14.5oz) chopped tomatoes
1 can (6oz) tomato paste
1 carrot, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
¼ cup white wine
1.5 pounds ground turkey (you can also use ground beef if you prefer)
1 package (1.25oz) chili seasoning mix
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup green bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup bottled steak sauce
5 slices bacon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 can (15oz) kidney beans, drained
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
Combine tomatoes, tomato paste, carrot, onion, celery, pepper flakes, peppers, steak sauce and wine in a large heavy pot and simmer over low heat.
In a separately large frying pan cook the bacon slices until crisp and put on paper towels to drain. Cook the ground turkey in the bacon drippings until browned. Then drain. Stir the chili seasoning into the ground turkey.
Add the turkey to the tomato mixture and add the cumin and bacon. Keep simmering until the vegetables are tender. Then stir in beans, cilantro and parsley. Heat through and season well.
Serve immediately with grated cheese and crusty bread.
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