Saturday, July 24, 2010

Celebrate July 24

Today is July 24th!  A fun and exciting day to celebrate (but, everyday is)  Here are some excuses to Celebrate;
  • Instant Coffee Birthday 1938
  • Marvin The Martian's B'day
  • Pioneer Day
  • Cousins Day
  • Amelia Earhart Day (1897)
  • Machu Picchu discovered 1911

My pick of the day is Pioneer Day and Marvin the Martian's Birthday!

Today we started out our day by watching some old Loony Tunes Classic Marvin the Martian stuff!  This was so fun to do with the kids!  They haven't seen these cartoons before and it was so fun introducing them to some of these old Classic Loony Tune characters!  Happy Birthday Marvin!

Today the kids and I will be having a fun filled day of Pioneer Activities!  We will start out with the classics; making butter and bread from scratch, playing the button game, collecting rocks, of course a stick pull competition, and to top it all off we will do some races (wheel barrel, potato sack, and three legged)

We will also be making Bread and Butter from scratch! To make butter from scratch all you need is Heavy Cream, a Mason Jar with a lid, and a pinch of salt.  Fill your Mason Jar about half way full of Heavy Cream.  Seal the lid on tight!!!!  Then comes the fun part, shake the jar as hard as you can.  We like to make a circle and take turns shaking the jar as fast and as hard as we can.  You will watch the cream change consistencies and slowly become butter!  After the cream has transformed into butter add a pinch of salt and serve on a piece of homemade bread!  Yummy!!!! 

Next just like many of the Pioneer Children once did, the kids and I will be walking around collecting rocks!  My boys love this activity, we walk around the neighborhood finding the smoothest, most unique, best colored rocks we can find!  Then we bring them home wash them up and (then I throw them back outside shhhh Don't tell the kids)

We love playing button button who has the button!  This is a fun game for all ages!

Instructions for Button Game:

Button, button, who has the button?" 

Arrange everyone in a line, either seated or standing. Select one to be the "Wagon Leader". She or he stands before the line of players. A button or a coin is handed to the player at one end of the line. He holds it in hands that are cupped and closed. She holds her hands over the hands of the next player in line whose hands are cupped in a similar fashion. She may drop the button into the next player's hands or she may not. Now the next player goes through the same procedure all the way down the line to the last player. If the button does not get passed on, then the remaining players merely pretend to pass the button. Throughout this procedure the "Wagon Leader" closely watches the passing. Since the hands are cupped and held together it will be difficult to discern where the button actually stopped.
When the procedure reaches the end of the line. The last player in line asks the Wagon Leader, "Button, Button, who has the button?" The Wagon Leader then guesses. If she guesses correctly, she gets to keep the button. If she guesses incorrectly, she sits at the end of the line and the player at the head of the line becomes the Wagon Leader!

Here we are enjoying a Pioneer Relay Race!
Have so much Celebrating today!  Whether your enjoying a cup of Instant Coffee, hanging out with Cousins, wishing Marvin the Martian Happy Birthday, or Celebrating the Pioneers.  Make today special and have fun CELEBRATING!

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