Risky Reads: The Soft-Serve Edition

Soft-serve ice cream from Mrs. Curl (Greenwood, IN)

Like a soft-serve cone in July, summer is quickly melting away.  My kids go back to school in less than 3 weeks, and I still feel like we have so much summer fun left to accomplish!  We have a fun weekend trip to St. Louis coming up, as well as some camping, the Indiana State Fair, and (hopefully) a day at Holiday World.   How about you?  Do you feel like summer is flying by?  Or are you joyfully counting the days until school starts? (It’s okay to admit it!  I’ve been there many a July myself!)

If you find a few minutes to sit down and read in between ice cream cones and dips in the pool, here are a few things I found around the web that I thought you might enjoy.

We recently redid the tween’s room to reflect her changing interests … you know, different paint, a few posters on the wall, purging books and toys.  Apparently we missed the memo on the new trend: designer teen spaces.  Do you think this encourages kids to stay close, or does it send the wrong message?

The kids asked me how to play Ghosts in the Graveyard a few weeks ago and I was a little embarrassed that I actually had no idea!  I love this helpful roundup of  classic childhood games and their rules from Project Play.

Have a water gun that’s lost it’s appeal?  Kids hankering for a new, pricey one?  Or do you have a kid that just loves to tinker?  Show them this great resource to modify and upgrade common water guns over at Super Soaker Central.

So many things to love about this DIY Water Blob from The Maker Mom: it’s easy, it’s quick, and it involves throwing things from high places.

Are you familiar with Khan Academy?  We’ve used it for help with math homework, but it’s so much more than that.  Check out some of the geeky, cool tutorials, like this one on programming basics

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