Computer Science- Coding Your Name


Today is day 30 of the 30 day 4h challenge. To celebrate the last day, let’s review the last 29 days before seeing today’s ‘code your name’ activity.

  1. Bird Feeder
  2. Plant a garden
  3. Visit the farm
  4. Zoo Excursion
  5. Nature Walk
  6. Raising Butterflies
  7. Mason Jar Garden
  8. Pressed Flowers
  9. Card Making
  10. Chemistry
  11. Egg Drop
  12. Boat Races
  13. Lemonade Stand
  14. Lemon Battery
  15. Volunteering with Animals
  16. Thank You Letter
  17. Homeless Care Package
  18. Helping Senior Citizens
  19. Cooking New Foods
  20. Kids Yoga
  21. Gratitude Journal
  22. Meal Planning
  23. Food Drive
  24. Trash Pickup
  25. Art in the Park
  26. Campfire
  27. Crayon Candles
  28. Bath Bombs
  29. Robotic Hand
  30. Coding Your Name

The Activity

To celebrate the 30 day ‘inspired to do’ calendar, 4‑H and Google are launching an exciting National Youth Science Day challenge called Code Your World. This new challenge starts tomorrow, October 1, throughout the whole month for ages 8-14. For more info, click here.

4H offers you a Code Your World kit to get ready for National Youth Science Day.

As for today’s activity, ScienceFriday has fun examples coding your name using UTF-8 binary code.

What is the UTF? The name is derived from Unicode  Transformation Format – 8-bit and has been dominant character encoding for the World Wide Web since 2009.

We started the activity by folding a piece of paper into a grid. 8 squares across and 8 lines down. We only need 7 for my daughter’s name.

Then she drew a line for each 1 and 0 making up her name. Blue represents 0 and orange represents 1.

For example, the letter j is 010010010 which is the first letter of her name and mine.

Can you figure out the other letters of her name? Here is a key to help you by ScienceFriday.


Engineering- Robot Hand


4H Challenge is to build a robotic hand. I found this great example while on Pinterest. Check it out here.

Just one more day to enter into the 4H photo contest. I just checked the number of entries and there are over 1.1 million. Crazy but happy for the interest of getting kids ‘inspired to do.’

The Activity

Today we traced my daughter’s hand to try and make a robotic hand.

Once her hand was traced, we cut it out then proceeded to bend the paper hand at the same location of her finger joints.

Next, we cut and taped small pieces of straw about the same length of her hand bones.

Did you know? Your hand has 27 bones, 14 of which are the phalanges (small bones) of the fingers and thumb.

After adhering the small straws to the paper hand, I helped her thread the straws with different colors of thread. The different colors will help us figure out which digit we are going to move without having to try them all.

Last, we taped the ends of the thread to the paper finger tips and the paper hand to the table. This way the hand doesn’t move when we pull the strings.


  • 5 different colors of thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Thick paper like cardstock
  • 5 straws

Chemistry – Bath Bombs


Just 2 days left of the 4H photo challenge. Today’s challenge is to create a bath bomb and give it to someone.

Check back this weekend for the last 2 days of challenges. For the whole calendar, check out my original post here.

The Activity

For a birthday gift, my daughter received this bath bomb kit, ALEX Spa DIY Bath Bomb available on Amazon. Thank you, Helen, she is super excited to make a bath bomb.

She starts by mixing the dry ingredients together. Add baking soda, cornstarch and epson salt to a large bowl.

Next, the mixture needs some water, essential oils and vegetable oil to hold it together.

Once the mixture was smooth, she added succinic acid before dividing the powder into bowls and adding food coloring.

Lastly, she added the dyed mixtures to a mold to dry. Jillian made a bath bomb for her kindergarten teacher as a thank you for everything she goes.

Art – Crayon Candles


The 27th daily challenge of the 4H photo contest is making crayon candles. Which we are excited to try. I did not purchase wicks so we will try and make those too. Click here for more info about the contest.

The Activity

How to make a wick? Interesting question and after doing some research, I’m surprised how long it takes to make a wick. Some websites say 12 hours. Not time that I have but I found a blogger whom uses a popsicle stick to make a wick. Very interesting. Let’s see if it works.

First, we need to eat a popsicle. Yum!!

Look at the mean mug from my almost 2 year old. Once the treat was eaten, we made a metal base out of paper clips by folding up one end.

Then we began a process of removing the crayons’ wrappers.

While unwrapping the crayons, we boiled water in a pot. Just enough water to cover the full jar except about an inch of the top of the old jelly jars. Lastly, we filled the jars with crayons and bits of old wax from other candles.

It takes about 30 minutes to melt the wax.

Did you know? Wax’s boiling point is >370 °C (698 °F).

Then I removed the jar with canning tongs.

The final product. Let’s see if we can light it tomorrow. Check back.

Build a campfire


During a family reunion this summer, we had a wonderful teacher (my cousin, Hunter) show my family how to build two different types of camp fires, which is today’s 4h challenge. I’m kicking myself right now because I do not have a picture of either of them. But I didn’t know I would be writing about campfires today.

For those of you who have just joined me, today is Day 26 of the 30 day challenge 4H is doing to “inspire kids to do.” There is a $10,000 grand prize of a scholarship for the kid who is inspired to do. Check out the whole challenge at

The Activity

Well, another time of year we always build a campfire is the 4th of July. Below is a picture of daddy and grandpa building a fire.

Most of our fires gather friends and family to cook marshmallows aka s’mores. My daughters style of s’more is chocolate marshmallow chocolate. No graham cracker for my daughter.

To build a good fire, you need three kinds of wood.

Tinder are small twigs, dry leaves, needles or forest duff to start the fire.

Kindling are small sticks to get the fire going.

Firewood is the larger pieces of wood you put on top to keep the fire going.

Option 1: teepee campfire

WikiHow has a great step by step instructions to build a teepee style campfire.

Option 2: pyramid campfire

Pyramid campfire is built like a jenga game. WildernessArena has a great step by step instructions. Check it out here.

Art and the Park


Today’s 4h challenge is go to the park and draw the view. Since the park is now clean from the previous challenge, now we can enjoy it. It wasn’t hard to clean since the park was pretty clean already.

Only 5 days remaining in the 4H 30 day challenge. Check out how you can win a $10,000 scholarship.

The Activity

As you can see below, my girls had no problem playing after cleaning the park yesterday.

Though the view from the park is pretty but not as pretty as one of Claude Monet’s landscape paintings. Scholastic has a great book series about different historic artists that includes maps of where they live, cartoons of the time period and examples of the artists work.

This inspired me to pick a Monet landscape painting that we mimicked. I watched a few YouTube videos to get inspired. Check out one of my favorites here.

We set up a couple easels made of cardboard and painters tape then leaned the canvas against the board. I place the primary colors, red, blue and yellow, plus black and white on a plate so my kiddos could learn how to make the secondary colors, purple, green and orange.

We started with a green background by mixing blue and yellow together then added more yellow to make the foreground.

Then we used blue and white paint for the clouds and sky.

Lastly, we used the end of a straw to dot the poppies in the foreground. Finished…

Pick Up Trash


Daily challenge number 24 is to pick up trash in our park. I’m feeling so excited that I’ve been able to commit to blogging this much. I have to thank 4H for inspiring me to do a variety of activities this month of September.

If you missed the 4H photo contest challenge, check out my earlier post that includes a link to each post as well as more information about the $10,000 scholarship offered by 4H.

The Activity

I started this post about my excitement. Which I think is fitting since I’m not super excited to pick up trash. The potential germs my kids are touching is too much for me. Thus I brought gloves for everyone even my almost 2 year old. Even though she didn’t wear them.

There was some foam in the sand pit and my kids were happy to dig it up and the 10 cups of sand beneath it.

Below is an picture of all the trash at the park. We are so lucky to live in a clean neighborhood. I’m sure there is a good neighbor whom goes around and picks up trash.

So check out tomorrow’s post. After cleaning up the park, we enjoyed it by playing and drawing.

Food Bank Drive


Today’s 4H challenge is to set up a food drive but instead of setting one up we participated in an existing one. A great food drive that is on going is for Mill Creek Community Food Bank at our local church.

If you missed the 4H photo contest challenge, check out my earlier post that includes a link to each post as well as more information about the $10,000 scholarship offered by 4H.

The Activity

North Creek Presbyterian Church has a wagon in their lobby that collects donated food. Then volunteers from the food bank pick up the donations.

Hope Creek Foundation supports Mill Creek Community Food Bank by hosting them on one of their properties. Families and singles in need can stop by the food bank every Thursday from 4 -7pm.

The food bank is currently in need of:

  • Pasta sauce
  • jelly
  • baked beans
  • canned meats (other than tuna)
  • sugar
  • oil
  • cereal
  • pancake mix
  • syrup
  • fruit juices
  • coffee
  • toilet paper
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • bar soap
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • diapers
  • baby wipes

Though I feel like they are always asking for peanut butter but it isn’t on the list. I included peanut butter anyways.

Why donate to charities? I donate for a couple reasons. Partly to show my children the joy of giving. I feel you have to be a good example. Kids are always watching (or listening). Also, I want them to be appreciative of their life, things and family.


We dropped off the food for the Mill Creek Food Bank at our local church today. My oldest was at school but my almost 2 year old was eager to help.

She was ready to walk away with it once we added the food to the wagon. I convinced her to leave the wagon where it was.

Art n Chemistry – Cooking and Meal Planning


4H’s daily challenge is to plan, shop and prepare a meal plan. My daughter loves to help in the kitchen and is very interested in cooking.

If you have missed the other 21 daily challenges, check out my earlier post that includes a link to each post as well as more information about the $10,000 scholarship offered by 4H.

The Activity

So last week we tried Sun Basket because I was feeling overwhelmed with going back to school and our youngest daughter was given the recommendation to eat dairy-free (which dairy is staple in our household).

I found a offer for 60% off your first basket which is smart because once you try it you are hooked. I love how easily it is to identify if a meal is paleo or dairy-free or soy-free. It encourages us to try new recipes, like this week we are trying shrimp on glass noodles and cabbage.

Why is it great for kids? Each recipe has a portion that kids can assist with you.

The kids portion include pretty easy steps of the recipe but still a great way to get the kiddos involved. Lastly, some recipes include ingredient IQ which can explain the chemistry behind the cooking or food facts. This is a great educational addition that make my experience with Sun Basket that much better. Definitely 2 thumbs up!!

If you are interested in checking it out, click here.

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