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Activities with Fletcher
Stuck at home with the kids because of coronavirus? I am too! My four year old son, Fletcher, and I are making the best of it with easy activities at home to help keep him entertained and learning. Many of them are using things I already have on hand in our kitchen. What I want him to remember out of this is how many cool things we created and all of the fun we had.
We wanted to share our projects that we’ve done to help give other parents ideas! Fletcher is in preschool but many of the activities can be adapted for older kids as well.
Creating a Top Secret Document
We used the The Crazy Scientist – Kitchen Science for this activity. It has activities for kids specifically for things you would find in a kitchen. This seemed like a fun one since I had all of the ingredients and it was super simple to do.
Even though Fletcher is 4 years old, this could definitely be done with older kids that spend more time on writing out messages. Encourage older kids to create a series of messages and then go undercover to deliver them or hide them for someone else to find.
“I’m going to write a secret message to daddy” – Fletcher, when asked what he was going to write
Write your message
Mix 1 tsp baking soda with one cup hot water.
Get brewing & let it dry
While your top secret documents are drying, brew your black tea. Steep two black tea bags in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. You want to make sure it is good and black to expose the secret message!
Reveal the message
Dip a cotton pad in the black tea and rub lightly over the document. This will immediately reveal what was written with the baking soda!
Be careful to not over saturate the paper with the black tea or it will wash away the baking soda!
The Crazy Scientist – Kitchen Science is a compact size tin box with 20 cards each detailing how to perform amazing science experiments around the kitchen. It makes a great science kit for kids.
Meet Alane and Fletcher
Alane has kept her 40 lb weight loss off since 2013, and created BurgerFit and Cooking with My Friends as a way to get her family eating better. Her health journey started in 2012 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and obesity. Frustrated and determined, Alane decided to make small, sustainable changes in her diet so that it would be maintainable for a lifetime. Now Alane maintains a healthy weight range and has incorporated quick and easy recipes that keep her picky family members eating better!
Fletcher enjoys break dancing, cooking, sports commentary, and running really fast speed - anywhere and everywhere. He is an avid lover of music and plays harmonica, drums, and guitar. From a young age, he has loved being a part of whatever his parents, Alane and Micah, are doing. He has even started coming up with recipes of his own to test out. His dream is to own 10 coffee shops from Tennessee to Arizona to Minnesota.
Growing up together
There is no doubt that even as we get older, we don’t stop learning and that is what both Fletcher and I have done together since I had him. I’ve grown a ton raising him and watching him grow. I like to think we are both growing up together. I have tried to incorporate Fletcher in everything I do from to cooking and cleaning the kitchen, to practicing for media events, to traveling the world for speaking engagements. I try to make it fun so he keeps wanting to be a part of it. Not everything is a win but everyday is a new adventure!