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Chocolate Checkers

Chocolate Checkers

Well, Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe was such a hit that older brother wanted me to find something chocolate for him to eat play. And Chocolate Checkers was born!

Supplies Needed
1 bag Reese's Cup White Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures (you need 12 per game)
1 bag Reese's Cup Dark Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures  (you need 12 per game)
Checker Board (check Goodwill, Dollar General, etc. if you don't already own one)
24 small circle stickers (color doesn't matter)
Sharpie marker

Chocolate Checkers Supplies Needed

Get ready to play! 

Add crowns to the 24 small circle stickers. 

Chocolate Checker Crowns

Add the stickers to the large part of each candy piece. 

Chocolate Checkers with Crowns

Set the game board with the candy checkers (no crowns should be showing).

Chocolate Checkers at Walking by the Way

Play checkers as usual.

When you reach crowndem, turn your piece over. 

Chocolate Checkers

And have fun!

Chocolate Checkers Fun at Walking by the Way

How to divy the chocolate: You get to keep (eat) any piece you jump. At the end of the game, winner keeps any chocolate left on the board! YUM.

Chocolate Checkers

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe from Walking by the Way

Supplies Needed
12 Pieces of Chocolate Candy (2 different colors/kinds; 5 of each color); extra candy for winners!
*You could use Hershey Kisses hugs AND kisses to make it extra Valentiney. 
Tic-Tac-Toe Board (dry erase board, paper, chalk board, the possiblities are endless!)

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe!

Play the game. Three in a row wins.

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe from Walking by the Way

Most importantly, have fun!

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe

When the game is over, the winner gets a piece of candy from the bag. The last round is the BONUS round! The winner gets to divy up the candy as she deems appropriate. So much fun!

Amazing Science! TOS Review

Do your kids enjoy science experiments? Mine do. And we've done our fair share over the years. But I'm going to be honest and admit—I always dreaded explaining the behind-the-scenes science of the experiment. I would stumble, fumble, and bumble things up, and wonder if my children were really understanding the hows and whys.

That changed last week when we tried Amazing Science! We completed four engaging experiments: Matchstick Speedboat, Reversing an Image in Water, Floating Eggs, and Building a Motor. 

The instructor on the DVD not only demonstrates the experiment, he also gives clear and comprehensive scientific explanations for the experiments (which makes me hip-hop-hooray happy!).

How it Worked for Us

My boys watched both DVDs and each chose two experiments to try. Elijah made supply lists for each experiment. I added the necessary items to my grocery list, and purchased them.

On experiment day, the boys viewed the experiments again. After watching one, they would come to the dining room, find the supplies necessary, and complete the experiment. 

Every experiment was a success. Yes, you read that right. 

Are the Supplies Crazy?

The majority of the items we used for our four experiments were household items (eggs, salt, pepper, dish soap, marker, paper, screw, battery, etc.) and I only had to purchase a few (wire and magnet).

The other experiments on the DVD seem to be pretty consistent–mostly household items with a few you'll need to outsource. 

Are These DVDs Really Amazing?

Yes. Really. Amazing. Last week Simon (my five-year-old) was playing with his magnet bin for the first time (just a box with a magnetic wand, ring magnets, and other things he's collected to put in there). He was showing me his tricks and instructed, "Mom, these two won't stick. They are negative-negative or positive-positive." I responded with a, "Oh, did daddy teach you that?"  Simon shook his head no. I probed, "How did you know?" He exclaimed, "That science guy!" And then I knew it was Amazing Science. 

Is There Anything You Didn't Like?

Not really. I just wished there was a printable master supply list, so I made one. You can download it here.

The only other thing I wish is that there were more volumes of Amazing Science!

Get Your Own

You can buy Amazing Science! Volume 1 for $19.95. You get two DVDs with 23 experiments. 


Read what other crew members are saying about Amazing Science on the TOS blog.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Amazing Science Volume I in exchange for an honest review.