Rainbow Pizza

This vibrant rainbow pizza, care of Veronika’s latest edition of High 5 magazine, is the perfect recipe to celebrate Pride Month. All of the ingredients below have no quantity, since the amount will depend on individual preference or the size of your pizza crust! Feel free to swap out the veggies below for your kids’ favorite in each color.

Ingredients:

  • 2 individual prepared pizza crusts
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded non-dairy mozzarella cheese
  • Red bell pepper, chopped
  • Orange tomatoes, halved
  • Frozen corn, thawed
  • Broccoli florets, steamed and chopped
  • Snap peas, steamed and chopped
  • Red onion, diced
  • Kalamata olives, sliced
  1. To prepare the pizzas, spread the desired amount of pizza sauce to evenly cover each crust. Sprinkle with the desired amount of mozzarella.
  2. Arrange the veggies in rows, starting with the red pepper on the top of the pizza, followed by the tomatoes, corn, broccoli, snap peas, onion, and olives.
  3. Bake at 425 degrees F for 8 minutes. Cut into wedges to serve.

Painting with Nature

I love thinking outside the box when it comes to painting tools, and one of the most beautiful alternatives to a real brush are “brushes” found in nature. This is the perfect activity to culminate a day in the park or a nature walk! Veronika saved up several finds, including a bristly pine cone, yellow flowers, and different leaves.

At home, I set out all the nature treasures on a tray, along with a big sheet of craft paper and paper plates with different colors of paint. If you want to go extra wild with this project, use cardboard as your canvas and do the painting outside, too!

Veronika was hesitant to hold the pine cone, so I showed her that if we rolled it in purple paint, it made neat dots across the paper.

She couldn’t wait to test a flower! She dipped it carefully into orange paint…

…and then pressed down. “It made a flower!” she said.

Some of our leaves could be used almost like regular brushes, making long streaks of paint across the paper.

Others, like maple keys, made what looked like a silly mustache print! Have fun experimenting with colors, the way you hold your nature treasures on the paper, and more. And if your kids want a slightly different take on this activity, paint on your nature finds, not with them!

Upside-Down Water

Yes you can turn a cup of water upside down without spilling it! This nifty “magic” trick is sure to wow family and friends, and can be done with no fancy materials or supplies.

To start, fill a small plastic cup about half way with water. Place an index card on top.

Flip the cup over with your hand firmly holding the index card in place (it’s okay if a little water spills out), and make sure the index card is saturated.

Slowly remove your hand and… the index card sticks, without the water pouring out. There’s definite wow factor here, but it’s all thanks to the simple fact that water molecules like to stick together. Air can’t get in the cup as a result, equalizing the pressure, so the heavy water doesn’t pour down.

Travis also got a kick out of the way the index card pops off if you squeeze the cup even slightly, breaking the bonds of those sticky water molecules.

Want more cool water tricks this summer? Check out our old fun poking holes in plastic bottles, or playing with sticky string!