Stay Active with Hambone: Active Egg Hunt

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Stay Active with Hambone:

Active Egg Hunt

 

Hambone, here! This Tuesday’s activity has an easy setup and is a fun way for the entire family to exercise together without even realizing it.

 

This game is part scavenger hunt, part exercise, and 100 percent fun!

 

Here’s what you’ll need to have your very own Active Egg Hunt…

 

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Items:

— Paper

— Pen

— Scissors

— Plastic eggs

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper into strips small enough to fit inside the plastic eggs.

  2. Write different actions on each slip of paper.

  3. Stuff each egg with one action and hide eggs around the house or outside.

 

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“Action” Ideas:

— Touch your toes 5 times

— Crab walk around the couch

— Jump as high as you can 10 times

— 5 stomps

— Dance like a ballerina

— Sing ‘Head and Shoulders’

— 10 jumping jacks

— Sing the alphabet while skipping around the room

— March in place for 25 seconds

— 5 burpees

— 5 sit-ups

— Dance like a maniac!

 

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Send the kiddos on an exciting scavenger hunt in search of the eggs. The game’s goal is to get the players moving, and it’s the perfect indoor activity when it’s too cold or damp to run around outside. It’s also a lot of fun for everyone to open the eggs.

 

As players find eggs, they should read the action and do what it says. To keep everyone involved (and active!) each action can be done as a group. Another way to play is to have the individual that found the egg do the action.

 

Active egg hunts can be a quick game to get the heart pumping, or it can be extended into a longer full-body workout. The game is complete once all of the eggs have been found.

 

How did your family enjoy the Active Egg Hunt? Share your experiences in the comments below! This is Stay Active with Hambone, signing off.

 

h/t: No Time for Flashcards

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Stay Active with Hambone: Awesome Ice Dig

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Stay Active with Hambone: Awesome Ice Dig

 

Welcome back, Rescue Dogs fans! Hambone here again to keep you pumped for summertime fun.

 

Today’s activity is for all of the archeology buffs out there, and it’s the perfect way to beat the summer heat.

 

Get your ice-chipping tools ready, because we’re going on a dig!

 

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Items:

— Food coloring

— Miniature plastic toys

— Large plastic container

— Water

— Excavating tools (spray bottle, toy hammer, toothbrush, hand shovel etc.)

 

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Instructions:

  1. Fill the plastic container with water and a food coloring of your choice.

  2. Add the tiny toys. Paw-sonally I’d suggest dinosaurs, or maybe even a few plastic pups!

  3. Freeze for about twelve hours, until the water becomes a block of ice.

 

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Set some ground rules about tool safety and for participants to be mindful around their siblings’ fingers! Aside from that, children will be entertained as they excavate their toys from the ice block.

 

For an educational twist to teach children about ecosystems or layers of the Earth, fill the plastic container 1/3 of the way with water, one food color, a few toys and freeze it. Then add another layer of water, a different food color and toys, and freeze that layer as well. The final layer can be clear water. Be sure to leave enough time for each layer to set or you’ll end up with a block of one mixed up color.

 

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This is a great outdoor project for a hot summer day. You can set it up in the backyard or put it in a kiddie pool or bathtub with a little bit of water and let the kids hop in.

 

Which kids-friendly tool worked best to excavate toys? Share your Awesome Ice Dig experience in the comments below and I’ll see you again next week for another Stay Active with Hambone!

 

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h/t: Crumb Bums and Jennifer Perkins

Some adult supervision required.

 

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Stay Active with Hambone: Laser Beam Obstacle

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Stay Active with Hambone: Laser Beam Obstacle

 

Glad to see you again! Remember, I’m Hambone, and I’m here every Tuesday with suggestions for you and your family to stay active and have fun all summer long.

 

Today’s activity is one of my faves, and I hope soon it’ll be one of your favorites too. It’s also a cool way to stay entertained on a rainy day.

 

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a super spy (who hasn’t, amiright?), get ready for your dreams to come true and for your agility to be tested.

 

Let’s do this!  

 

Here’s your mission…

 

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Items:

— 10 yards of string (9.144 meters)

— Tape

— A basket or box of objects, or “treasure” (your choice!)

 

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Instructions:

  1. Secure string end to wall or other stationary object.

  2. Zigzag string at varying heights down a hall with tape, or wind it around anchor points (door knobs, furniture, etc.).

  3. Secure string to goal destination where “treasure” is located.

 

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For the ultimate spy game, encourage each family member to create a backstory for their spy persona. What are their code names? Is the treasure they’re searching for guarded by a furry, spitting creature (i.e.: an adorable pet that likes to give sloppy kisses)?

 

Whatever the adventure, the mission is to retrieve the treasure at the end of the obstacle without triggering the “laser beams” and return it to the maze’s start.

 

To increase the level of difficulty, have players race against a clock, introduce additional obstacles to avoid (boxes, cushions…), add objects to retrieve mid-route, or add bells to the laser string to create an “alarm” which is easily set off.

 

There’s no wrong way to be a faux spy!

 

Complete the mission as a family and let us know how it went by commenting below. I hope to see you next week for more Stay Active with Hambone tips!

 

This is Hambone, signing off.

 

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h/t: My Kids’ Adventures

 

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Stay Active with Hambone: Tinfoil River Race

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Stay Active with Hambone: Tinfoil River Race

 

Hey! Hambone here, and I’m pumped for summertime. Every Tuesday I’ll share some of my favorite ideas for the whole family to stay active while having tons of fun this summer. Who’s in?

 

This tinfoil river is sure to entertain and have the little ones racing items down the “river” for hours. I like to race the boats shown, but feel free to encourage the family to experiment with sticks, grass, leaves, walnut shells, tinfoil boats—you name it!

 

 

River Items:

Tinfoil

Hose

 

River Instructions:

  1. Unroll a large piece of tinfoil on your lawn or driveway. The foil’s length is how long the river will be.

  2. Fold up the edges on both sides to ensure it holds water.

  3. Turn on the hose so it trickles from the top. Keep in mind too much water pressure will go over the river’s edge. That’s it!

 

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Boat Items:  

(in place of boats, use leaves, walnut shells, etc.)

Bottle caps

Scrap paper

Toothpicks

Glue (or tape)

Clay

 

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Boat Instructions:

  1. Cut scrap paper into triangle sails. Make sails on the smaller side, as they may get too top-heavy for the boat’s base.

  2. Glue the edge of the triangle and wrap it tightly around the toothpick.

  3. Kids-friendly option: Plop some clay or Play-Doh onto a flipped bottle cap and stick the toothpick into the clay. Alternate option: If the clay gets wet and weighs down the boat, hot-glue the sail in place.

 

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You’re all set to start racing! Kids will love to see which items float and sink, and the different speeds they travel. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and put that extra energy to use.

 

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Stay Active with Hambone! Share your favorite summer outdoor activities, and come back next week for more summer fun. Before I go back to doing laps on my hamster wheel, I’ll race you outside.

 

On your mark …

 

Get set …

 

GO!

 

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h/t: The Joys of Boys

 

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