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    Any fun/cute activities to so in the summer with bored kids of all ages?

    I’ll go first! Here’s mine!

    I actually first did this in High School and I’m now using in my summer camp.

    It’s alot of fun!


    Making ice cream in a bag!!

    Great activity, FOR ALL AGES, i’ll post the recipe in a moment!


    Get one of those rotating sprinklers and have everyone jump in! If your backyard isn’t private enough, send everyone in their clothing. That is also tons of fun 😉

    anon for this

    We have a slide/ swingset in our backyard. Last week my kids & some friends set a hose up on top of the slide & played in their swimsuits.


    ambush, that was a looong moment 😉

    I did it in camp one year but mine didnt work :(. It turned into milkshake!


    Harriman state park has easy-to-climb trails, and most are in the shade (under tree cover. Best of all, its only 20 minutes from Monsey. The best site is NY / NJ Trails Conference (site is


    i cant wait any longer


    What you’ll need:

    * 1 tablespoon sugar

    * 1/2 cup milk or half & half

    * 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

    * 6 tablespoons rock salt

    * 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)

    * 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag

    * Ice cubes

    How to make it:

    1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.

    2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.

    3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.

    4. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.

    5. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!


    A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more that that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.


    i dont know what rock salt is

    i wondered whether regular table salt would work

    i found this:

    table salt works quite well because it is more soluble than rock salt. It is not used much because it costs quite

    a lot more than rock salt.



    table salt “works” better because table salt is a much finer grain and so it comes to equilibrium with

    the ice/water quicker. The only “ice cream maker’s” reason might be that you do not want the temperature

    to get too low. There is probably some differential in price, but both forms of salt are so inexpensive

    for home-made ice cream compared to the other ingredients, that is not an important consideration.



    Rock salt is cheaper.

    Some ice cream makers do recommend using table salt, so there is obviously no operational reason not to use

    it. But if rock salt will suffice, using table salt in an ice cream freezer is like washing your floor

    with distilled water – too much added cost for not much added benefit.


    Now that’s a unique idea! Maybe you can even join Piamenta one day!


    ames that sounds like fun.I am seriously considering art lessons!


    oookay! sorry so late! Someone posted the recipe already, but just some points:

    – you can add things to make the right flavor (cocoa powder, mint extract…)

    – you can use regular milk but the best thing i think to use is heavy cream.

    – double bag the inside bag because otherwise the salt might get into the ice cream

    – if you lose patience to shake it and play catch with it, and it looks to soupy, put it in the freezer!

    We just did it today! It was so hot and the ice melted a little! aaahhh!


    oh one more thing- kosher salt works very well and is sold in all kosher supermarkets!


    Here is a summer tip:

    Q. What is the quickest way to get drinks cold?

    A. Take a cooler add water, add salt to the water, then add ice. Put your drinks in and in about 10-15 minutes you should have ice cold drinks!


    really? i guess that works with the same science method as the ice cream-

    the salt helps the ice get to a much higher temperature


    oh here’s another fun summer activity!

    slip ‘n slide!




    you know, this long plastic slippery thing with water shooting out on all sides and you run and slide!

    Look in to it! A BLAST!


    Take a package of chulent beans. Spread it on your front lawn and tell the kids you’re having a bean hunt. It’ll keep them really busy for a while. Then you can plant the beans. Beans really grow!


    take a stocking and put soil and a little bit of grass seed. tie a knot, turn it upside down and add googly eyes and a mouth. Wait a few days and it will grow hair! (grass!)

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    ames, I feel bad for the other members of your household that have to put up with your violin experiments 😉


    ambush, re the slip & slide, sounds like fun but wouldn’t try it. Waaaay too messy!

    42, whadaya worried about? violin isn’t that bad. Be happy she didn’t buy a drum set!

    One of the chevra


    I have a large above-ground swimming pool, (about 12 feet diameter. I have an electric pump filter which I keep running whenever noone is in the pool. (the users manual says not to run it while people are swimming). I use the floating type chlorine dispenser to keep the water sanitized.

    I have two problems: A) after about two weeks of use the water turns green. Adding more chlorine did not solve the problem. B)When I emptied the pool, (to change the water) by opening the drain plug near the bottom, there still remained about 3 inches of water below the drain line, which i have no idea how to remove from the pool. What should I do??????


    One of the chevra-


    Google “water pump drill” for one idea about draining below the plug’s height.


    It’s a blast! – an OUTDOOR activity! Especially if you have a backyard like mine with a small hill!

    A hill of beans?


    ambush, no hill anywhere NEAR where I live! I do remember doing mud sliding in camp but it ended with us calling hatzoloh…


    (for lack of better place to put this post…)

    I need an idea for a color war breakout?

    any idea’s?


    Re: color war

    one summer in sleepaway when I was a counselor (we knew CW was about to break, of course), a camp play was about to be presented. All of a sudden, we heard arguing from behind the curtain, and it was getting louder and louder. Two counselors were shouting at each other and came from behind the curtain angrily. i forget what they were actually saying, but it was clear they were having a heated argument over something related to the play. The campers were listening to this eyes agog and mouths open! Finally one of the two arguers shouted, “There is only one way to resolve this problem!” They then jerked open the curtains and a HUGE sign saying “COLOR WAR” was the backdrop. pandemonium broke out, and it was wonderful. The kids really got into the spirit of it right away.


    that’s original! never heard of that one!



    Lol bump

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