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.

Homeless care packages


The 4H photo challenge today is to collect items for the homeless. Make a care package is a great way to show you care.

If you don’t know about 4H photo contest with the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship, please check out the calendar for the 30 day challenge in September or 4H.org.

The Activity

Mary’s Place is a local homeless shelter for women and children. At MarysPlaceSeattle.org, you can find a list of items they are accepting for donations. Some items included but not limited to:

  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Seasonal coats
  • Lysol wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Saline nose spray
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Baby bottles
  • Bibs
  • Diaper bags
  • Travel mugs
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Unopened food with original packing dates

After making our list, we had a scavenger hunt to see if my 5 year old knew where we stored these items in our house.

So this is what she (we) found in the house. We’ll go to the store this week to fill in the gaps. My 5 year old daughter doesn’t quite understand why we are giving our stuff away but check back in a few weeks after we drop it off. Maybe then the concept of giving will click.

Mathematics – Lemonade Stand


4H challenge today’s challenge is to raise money and give the profits to a charity. Great experience for kids. If your little one is unable to raise money with a lemonade stand like us, 4H recommends doing a car wash but if you live in a rainy climate like us in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe car wash in September won’t workout. Surprise it didn’t rain on our lemonade stand.

The Activity

So as you can probably tell we raised money with a lemonade stand during our neighborhood’s annual fall sale.

We sold donut holes for 25cents or 5 for a dollar and lemonade 50cent a cup. I have to say my little salesperson was not afraid to ask strangers “would you like lemonade or a donut.” She would look so sad when people said no, some individuals (mostly grandparents) would just give her a quarter. If she doesn’t become a salesperson I would wonder if she missed her true calling.

A recommendation before doing a lemonade stand or any sales activity, PBS.org has some great math activities. An easy activity is to practice the difference between coin values. A quarter equals 25 pennies or 2 nickels equals a dime. This was a hard concept to understand that difference in the value of a nickel versus dime because the value does not reflect their size.

Daughter – “why isn’t a nickel worth more than dime, it is bigger.”

We didn’t tackle dollars but my daughter didn’t have a lot of challenge understand the difference between a five dollar bill versus one dollar since the value is printed directly on the bill.

The Donation

We decide to give the profits to Alex Lemonade Stand. It just felt right. We know a little girl who had cancer when she was a two year old. Happy to report she is in remission but knowing her made the concept of donation for my 5 year old. Thus any support to help kids going through such a difficult time is important to me and hopefully my kids now too.

We encourage you to donate too. Check out their website here.

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