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Family FunSpot July

Family FunSpot July

We’ll make you a hero this month with a cool cake, a project just for kicks, fabulous finger painting, comically good pancakes, and souped-up S’mores! It’s all waiting for you at the FunSpot!


Campfire Smores


Creative Campfire Smores


Here’s a little twist on a classic campfire favorite. As you gather ‘round the fire this 4th of July, give this new take on s’mores a try!

You will need:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Marshmallow crème
  • Chocolate candy bars
  • Graham crackers
  • Roasting skewers


Clean and dry strawberries and remove the stems and leaves

Dip each strawberry in the marshmallow crème

Slide the berries onto the skewer and toast until golden brown

Slide the berries onto the graham cracker preloaded with a piece of chocolate


For an extra yummy treat, add a 1/2-inch slice of chocolate brownie to make this treat especially fudgy and delicious! You can also make it interesting by adding the crunch of toffee, or a caramel-filled candy bar in place of the plain chocolate!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at hotbeautyhealth.com for sharing this activity with our team

Superhero Pancakes

Superhero Pancakes


Grab your cape, butter, and syrup…then Invite your kids’ favorite superheroes to breakfast by making these cool, superhero pancakes.

You will need:

  • Pancake batter
  • squeeze bottle
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Superhero cookie cutters
  • Skillet or griddle
  • Butter
  • Syrup
  • Pair of cooking tongs


Mix your pancake batter and pour it into the squeeze bottle.

Heat skillet or griddle.

Spray the cooking oil onto the skillet or griddle

Spray cooking oil on the inside of the cookie-cutters

Place the cookie-cutters in skillet or griddle

Squirt the batter inside the cookie-cutter

Grill until bubbles appear and pop

Take the tongs and carefully turn the cookie-cutter over to cook the other side

Once ready, pick up the cookie-cutter from the pan and carefully tap the pancake out of the cookie-cutter

Place on a plate and add butter, syrup or fresh fruit.

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at instructables.com for sharing this activity with our team

Finger Painting with Pudding

Finger Painting with Pudding


This is like a scene from Willy Wonka. Finger paint your kids can eat! It’s a sweet and delicious rainbow of fun.

You will need:

  • Vanilla pudding—the individual serving cups work well
  • Paper cups or small containers
  • Food coloring
  • A clean tabletop
  • Wax paper and tape
  • Wet wipes


Thoroughly clean off the surface you will be using.

Tear off a sheet of wax paper for each child finger painting.

Tape the wax paper to the tabletop.

Add a few drops of food coloring to each vanilla pudding cup-make as many colors as you like.

Use a teaspoon mix the color with the pudding

Drop a dollop of pudding in front of each child and let them go!

This activity is really great for toddlers, but kids of all ages enjoy doing it! Be sure you have the wet wipes ready to take care of “colorful” faces and hands.

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at popsugar.com for sharing this activity with our team


Painted Kicks Craft

Painted Kicks Craft


When it gets hot outside, sometimes a cool craft inside is just the perfect way to spend the day. These hand-painted tennis shoes are super fun to design in the shade.

You will need:

  • White canvas tennis shoes available at craft stores—Hobby Lobby carries them
  • Acrylic paints in small squeeze bottles
  • Paint shirts to protect clothing
  • Paper plates
  • Squeeze bottle puff paints
  • Paint b
  • rushes
  • Container for water
  • Ribbon if you want to replace the laces
  • Hot melt glue
  • Jewels, sequins, etc.


Pull the laces from the shoes and set aside.

Use the paper plates as a palette to hold the paint—it also helps with spilling as the plates cannot be tipped over as easily as a cup.

Let the kids paint the shoes as they like.

Let the shoes dry.

Use the squeeze bottle puffs paints next. They can add their names or other details with this paint.

Let the shoes dry.

Add jewels, sequins, etc., with the hot melt. ALWAYS assist and supervise the use of hot melt glue, and DO NOT use hot melt with smaller children.

Let the shoes dry again thoroughly before re-lacing and wearing.

For some fun flair, sub in a ribbon to add a pop in place of the white shoelaces!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at childhood101.com for sharing this activity with our team


Red White and Blue CakeRed, White and Blue Cake


Nothing says “Happy Birthday America” like a red, white and blue cake! Best of all its super easy to make—how liberating!

You will need:

  • Vanilla or white cake mix
  • Cooking oil
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Red Jello—cherry or strawberry, etc.
  • Blue raspberry Jello
  • Red, white and blue candy sprinkles
  • Cool Whip topping
  • Sheet cake pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Squeeze bottles


Prepare the cake mix as per directions, cool and refrigerate.

Mix up the two flavors of Jello and cool, but do not refrigerate.

Remove the cake from the fridge and poke vertical holes in the sheet cake with the handle of the spoon.

Fill each squeeze bottle with the cooled Jello mixtures.

Gently add the Jello mixture to the holes—being careful not to let the colors bleed. If they do, no worries, it will be a little purple—but it will taste just as delicious.

Frost with room temperature Cool Whip and decorate with red, white and blue sprinkles.

Place in the refrigerator for 6 hours.

If desired, you can also add fresh fruit when serving this treat—strawberries and blueberries are a nice, healthy addition to this cake!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at bettycrocker.com for sharing this activity with our team