Do you know what I hate most about winter? The TV! I feel like we are so couped up and run out of things to do and just turn to the tv to entertain us. Well I am going to make a real effort this year not to let that happen. Even if I have to put on my battle gear to fight the rest of the family off the remote control.
One against four, I bet your wondering how I can overcome those odds. It's simple. I have a secret weapon. ROCKS! No I am not going to throw rocks at my family--although the thought has crossed my mind from time to time.
I'm telling you now so you and your family can take a few hikes while the weather is still bearable. Gather some cool rocks. The lighter in color, and smoother, the better. Then store them away until the kids get their first snow day off school.
Put your clean dry rocks in a 300 degree oven for about 10 - 15. Not to hot or to long. My husband tells me they will explode. And while I have dreamt of blowing up my oven so I don't have to cook dinner anymore, I choose to take the more mature and responsible approach.
While your rocks are becoming semi-explosive get out your old and broken crayons. We save all those crayons they give you at restaurants or that the kids bring home left-over from the school year. Take off the wrappers and set aside for a future craft. You'd be surprised how many different activities these crayons come in handy for.
Turn off the oven but keep all the rocks inside except for the ones you are working with. I use tongs to place each rock on a work surface, aluminum foil, paper plate, wax paper, etc... Touch a crayon to the rocks and watch it instantly melt and ooze all over.
I got this idea from Family Fun Magazine a few years ago. They did it with Easter Eggs and that is the only way we decorate our eggs now. So much fun!! Me and a million other people also figured out you could do it with rocks as I have seen lots of other tutorials out there.
Now, go take a hike!!
This post is dedicated to my wonderful friend "K" who thought I had been abducted by aliens since it's been so long since my last post. Love ya "K"!