Gulfarium Adventures

If you ever come to Destin, Florida on vacation and you have the kids with you, take a break from the beach one day and check out the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. It is just across the bridge from Destin in Fort Walton Beach (on Okaloosa Island).  There is several activities to suit each age group. I took Jack there for his first time last month and he loved it! I’m not sure of his favorite section although I know he really liked the dolphin show.  He also asked to see the alligators, which are big, he wanted to see bigger and go pet them. I blame myself for letting him watch Gator Boys for that one. My personal favorite part are the penguins (yes! Penguins in Florida!) and the touch and feel sealife tank. Tickets aren’t too bad priced for what all you get to see.

Deciding to go here all started because Jack wanted to be a ninja turtle. We have an old turtle shell at home and it really peaked his interest.

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Here are a few pictures from our adventure!

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1 year!

 

Well today The Adventures of Action Jackson blog turned 1 year old!  Thank you to everyone who comes and reads on all the activities we do.  We hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas is you celebrate. Jackson’s birthday is also Christmas day so we get to celebrate his awesomeness with a lot of presents.  He turned a might 4 years old!

You can also keep up with us on Facebook.   See everyone in the new year!

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Alphabet Crayons

You have kids, you have crayons, you end up having broken crayons, am I right?  Last week I bought a bunch of crayons thanks to a free deal through Target. I stockpiled. Well now I am thinking what am I going to do with 8 boxes of crayons plus the ones we already have.  My dear husband suggested the other day to take a box and melt them down into a few big crayons. Well I took his suggestion and made 3 larger crayons, but I also made some Alphabet crayons. Since Action Jackson knows most of his alphabet, he still needs help. I am hoping this helps.

What you need:

  • 24 pack of crayons (or a lot of broken pieces)
  • Alphabet mold (these can be found in the soap section of Michaels)
  • Muffin tin and liners

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tin with liners.

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Step 2:

Start removing the wrapper from all crayons. After doing several of these by just my fingernail, I had the bright idea to run them under hot water. This was much faster! As you remove the wrappers start breaking the crayons ( or using the broken ones) and placing the pieces into the muffin tin.

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Only have a few crayons in each liner for the alphabet (We refilled another time to make the whole alphabet)

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However, if you want big blocks for crayons fill the liners to almost the top.

Step 3:

Bake for the alphabet for roughly around 4 min.  Until they are all melted.

Bake for the larger crayons around 8-9 minutes. Until all is melted.

Step 4: 

For the alphabet: Once you remove your melted crayons from the oven, carefully pick up one liner at a time and pour it into the alphabet mold.  Allow them to cool completely in the mold. Repeat until the entire mold is full.

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Bottom, still allow to cool.

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Front.

For larger crayons: Allow the crayons to set for roughly 5 min. Remove from tin and allow to cool completely.

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Top

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Bottom.

Step 5:

For the alphabet:  Once the crayons are cooled flip the mold over and lightly push on the mold to release the crayons.

Step 6:

Enjoy!

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Sensory Bins

Since sensory bins are everywhere it seems, Jackson and I decided make two today.

The 1st one all we did was mix water beads ( already hydrated) and shaving cream. He usually likes to play with shaving cream, today he just wasn’t into having his hands all dirty. I however did enjoy it. I love the feel of water beads, instant hand massage for me.  Shaving cream just gives it a little bit more friction.

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The second sensory bin we made used beans. We used black beans, red kidney beans, small red beans. I even added some cashews. Warning if they get wet they become slimy.  So you may not want to add them.  Jackson loved this one. He even put his Angry Birds and farm animals in to play.

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Let’s scoop them

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Yum mommy!

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Even has to add some beans to the shaving cream.

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Hello Angry Birds

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Dinosaur Stomp!

I really should have written this post a while ago since the pictures have been on my phone for almost 2 months now. I have been slacking I know. I really thought I would be updating this more and keeping up with my Project 52 a lot more than I am. I thought I could do both, since I did Project 52 last year and kept up with it even while moving.  Well no moving this years and I am just slacking.

Anyways… Action Jackson and I went to Michaels a while ago and we found these dinosaur feet stilts. They are great. They aren’t to high where I am constantly afraid that he is going to trip over something and break a neck. I do wish the rope handles were a little bit longer because it is hard for him to stand up straight. But he loves these things. I almost want to put felt or something on the bottom of them because they are super loud on tile floor.  But then if I did that he might really fall and break something.  These feet were about $4 I think. Really not that bad. They are made out of plastic so there probably is a weight limit. Jackson is only 34 lbs so I’m not to worried about him breaking them yet. But here is a few pictures from our 1st adventure with them.

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He just started trying to get his balance and wasn’t too sure about them yet.

 

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ROAR!!!!

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I would say that this is a pretty happy face.

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Target Practice

**Warning this works best when no wind is present**

 

Are you ready for your little ones to work on some hand and eye coordination?  Target practice is a great way to practice just that.  Don’t worry no guns (or water guns) are used.

What you need:

  1. Spray Bottle (preferably one with a stream knob instead of spray)
  2. Ping Pong balls
  3. Golf Tees
  4. Foam Pool Noodle

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Step 1:

Cut about 2 feet off of your pool noodle. This will be your base for target practice.

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Step 2:

In as straight of line as possible  line up your golf tees horizontally across the pool noodle.

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Step 3:

Use two golf tees in the back  and on in the front, placed at a diagonal slant to insure the pool noodle doesn’t move.

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Step 4:

Add your ping pong balls to the golf tees. **Remember this activity works best with no wind**

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Step 5: 

Have your child sit at various lengths away from the target with the spray bottle. The farther away they are the harder the targets will be to hit.

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Now enjoy!  This is perfect for summer time. Caution for the backlash of giving a kid a spray bottle, you might just get wet yourself 😉

Green Anaconda

If you or your children haven’t heard any of the song from Big Green Rabbit y’all are missing out.  Not only are they fun songs they are also rather educational.  Jackson loves them and I actually love YouTube for having the different songs on there.

 

Since Jackson’s favorite is Green Anaconda (it is his go to song when he has watched to many Angry Bird videos) we decided to make a green anaconda out of socks.

What you need:

– Kelly Green fabric dye (or any green you want, more natural than neon though)

–  Old socks (we used a tube sock and an ankle sock that didn’t have a match)

2 googley eyes

– Red felt (used for the tongue, ours was hot pink though)

– Brown Fabric Pen

 

 

Step 1:

We dyed the socks a few weeks ago, I didn’t take pictures. Follow the directions located on the dye package.

Step 2:

Cut a slit in the toe seam (the seam that usually its at the base of your toes) in one of the socks. This will be the snakes mouth.AAA_8591

 

Step 3: 

Fold the sock inside out, slide it onto the other sock and sew the tops together. Make sure you are able to fold the top sock back over the other so the “mouth” is out. This will make your snake longer.

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(I know I should of sewn it so the seam is inside. It didn’t occur to me until after the fact.)

 

Step 4:

Start feeding your snake some stuffing! Insert through the mouth.

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Step 5:

Sew your mouth.

– Take your bottom lip and pinch the tip so it folds in half.  Add your felt tongue in the back of the bottom lip.

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– Take your top lip and pinch the top making it lay flat just the like bottom lip. However, this time make the top

overlap the bottom.

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Step 6:

Place your googley eyes.

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Step 7:

We drew some brown ovals down the back of the snake to make it look like the video.

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This little project took about 20 minutes to make ( not including dye time)

I hope you enjoy your green anaconda for your little snake enthusiast.