Summertime means fun time with the kids

Posted | June 6, 2019

Summer is upon us, school is out and you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids. Here are a couple of ideas for easy activities that you and your youngsters will enjoy. Plus, they are energy efficient and don’t cost a lot.

Making a kaleidoscope

We’re all about the power of light, and nothing takes advantage of light – including the extra daylight of summer – more than this timeless toy. You’ll need just a few supplies:

  • Cardboard roll (e.g., paper towel or toilet paper roll)
  • Tape
  • Mylar® cardstock
  • Scrapbook or wrapping paper


  1. Cover the cardboard roll with some scrapbook or wrapping paper.
  2. Cut a 6" x 11" (or 4" x 6" for the toilet paper roll) piece of the Mylar.
  3. Fold the Mylar into a triangle, securing it with a piece of tape.
  4. Slide the triangle into the cardboard roll.

Voila! You now have a kaleidoscope that will jazz up just about anything you view through it.

Ice-cube-tray Popsicles®

What a cool treat on a hot summer day! All you need is:

  • An ice cube tray
  • Your favorite fruit juice
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Fruit


  1. Place a piece of fruit on the end of each Popsicle stick.
  2. Place Popsicle sticks in ice cube tray.
  3. Fill each ice cube tray compartment with fruit juice.
  4. Place tray in freezer overnight or until juice is frozen solid.
  5. Enjoy!