Welcome to Summer! Since there are no official Daring Boys Club meetings over the summer, I’m going to add a few of my own adventures to keep the blog current and perhaps inspire a few Daring Family activities.
As a mother of 4 boys, I consider us to be our own little club. I’m always looking for fun activities that keep the boys entertained while using their body and mind. I was inspired by a post about a DIY Summer Camp on Power of Moms. We’ve tweaked it a bit to suit our needs, but it is pretty close to how she laid out her summer. Our morning are filled with the “have-to’s” (chores, reading, working toward a summer goal, doing something physical, and getting in the baby’s nap). Our afternoons are generally structured like so:
- Make-it-Monday (craft, experiment, any project they can dream up with items around the house)
- Take-a-trip-Tuesday (car trips, long hikes, etc.)
- Wet Wednesday (sprinkler, parks with water play features, rivers, the shore)
- Think-it-Thursday (learning about something new, or delving into something they’ve been exposed to)
- Friend Friday (play dates galore!)
Today was our first Make-it-Monday. We threw eggs off our deck onto the driveway. Well, first we constructed containers to absorb the impact in hopes that our eggs wouldn’t break. I found a great set of guidelines here.
Egg Drop #1: A hard shell with padding. He also attached a whirlygig propeller to the top to slow decent, since we outlawed parachutes.Egg Drop #2: A small box filled with sponges to absorb the impact.Egg Drop #3: A cardboard frame wrapped with rubber bands to suspend the egg.The impact, dropped from a height of 15 feet onto concrete:The results:
None of the eggs survived unscathed. We’ve decided to re-think our designs and have another egg drop at the end of the summer. Now YOU go drop some eggs off a deck!