Polar Paint Activity

Are you looking for fun and creative indoor activities as the weather gets cooler? We’re here to help with our paw-fect puffy paint activity.

Your kids will create their own puffy paint and fluffy polar bear-inspired masterpieces with just a few ingredients that you’re sure to have at home. Click the parent and kid guides below for a grrrr-eat time as your kids learn what makes polar bears winter-ready all year round.

Make sure to send your kids’ “paw fives” to us on or . We’re bear-y excited to see what they’ve created!

Blender-Free Slushy and Ice Cream!


Our blender-free slushy activity is not only delicious, but also a great lesson in science. Wondering how it works? Well, salt changes the melting temperature of ice. When salt is added to the bag of ice surrounding a bag of liquid, the ice absorbs the heat from the liquid causing the liquid to freeze. In the Scientist Course, we tested this experiment by making a delicious all-natural Black Cherry Limeade slushy.

Did you know you can make your own ice cream by applying the same science you used for your slushy? The salt will still change the melting temperature of the ice, which cools down the ingredients in the inner bag. By changing up the ingredients you get an entirely different frozen treat. Mmmm!

To make any of the recipes listed below, follow these steps:

  • Pour your mixed ingredients into a small plastic Ziploc bag. Seal firmly!
  • Place your small bag into a larger plastic bag. Add at least 20 ice cubes to the large bag.
  • Pour ½ cup of salt over ice. Seal the large plastic bag.
  • Shake the bag for at least 10 minutes. Use a towel or gloves to protect your hands from the cold bag as you shake.
  • When the liquid starts to turn into a solid, you know it’s ready! Remove the smaller bag and enjoy your delicious treat!

Homemade Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cream or milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder

Dairy Free Ice Cream

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 small handful chocolate chips

Get creative! Here are some other possible add-ins: Coconut shavings, fruit puree or nuts.

Do you know of any other flavors or add-ins that work well with this yummy science trick? Post on our Facebook page and share your tricks with the Surprise Ride Family!

Not a fan of ice cream? Try our Surprise Ride Summer Slushy, meant to transport you to a warm, Summer day anytime of the year…

Surprise Ride “Summer” Slushy

  • 1-2 tablespoons lemonade mix
  • 3 strawberries chopped into small pieces

Leonardo da Vinci Bonus Activity: Make Homemade Tempera Paint

Did your little one have fun creating secret notes with last week’s Mirror Writing Technique? We had a lot of fun decoding them! Our last October bonus activity is perfect for all our budding artists.

In just three simple steps, your little ones will create a unique paint and use a painting technique dating back thousands of years. All you need are a few eggs, food coloring and painting materials. Let the creativity begin!


Parent and Kid Guides

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Leonardo Da Vinci Magic Mirror Writing

Leonardo da Vinci challenged himself to think outside the box in everything from his artwork to inventions, and even his note-taking! He used mirror writing – reversed writing that reads normally with a mirror – to record his notes, engage his mind and protect his ideas.

With just three things we guarantee you’ll have at home, your little ones will write secret messages and learn how to decode them, reimagining how we use everyday objects. Things aren’t always as they seem with the magic of mirror writing!


Parent and Kid Guide

Let us decode your kids’ messages! Share your photos on or . Don’t worry, their secrets are safe with us!

Leonardo da Vinci Inspired Smoothie Recipe

Getting your little one to eat vegetables is no easy feat, and we’re here to help. We know, spinach in a smoothie…but with all the ingredients, your little one won’t even taste the spinach! So have your kiddo head to the kitchen. It’s time to make snack time fun, delicious and educational with this spinach-based smoothie recipe!

Make sure to check out our Parent Guide for ingredients, fun Leonardo da Vinci facts and the inside scoop on this activity, then give your little one the Kid Guide to get started!


Recipe + Guides

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Awesome Indoor Kids’ Activity: Make a Propeller Car!

We loved building and playing with October’s Leonardo da Vinci Ride, and now it’s your little one’s turn. Have your kiddo grab the Ride and get excited, it’s time to build a Da Vinci car!

Hey Riders! Press play for step-by-step instructions and pause if you need a little extra time on any step. Have fun being an engineer…we sure did!

Check out our Parent Guide for helpful hints, project time and difficulty level. It’s everything you need to know about October’s Leonardo da Vinci Ride, all in a quick, easy-to-read format.

Offline Learning, All Month Long.

You want what’s best for your kids, and we do too… Now with every shipment, we’ll send bonus activities to your inbox that your little one can do at home!
It’s a perfect way to keep your loved one learning and creating offline.

Parents make everything happen, so we’ve included something for you too. Every ride now includes a Parent Guide that highlights everything you need to
know in a quick, easy-to-read format.

Check out September’s
China Ride activities now!

China Activities Week 3: Build the Great Wall of China

Did you enjoy building your own Chinese dragon last week? We had a lot of fun with our dragon, Felix.

We’re wrapping up our China course with an exciting engineering activity that’s perfect for the aspiring architects out there. All you need is some glue, cardboard and sugar cubes – yup, sugar cubes! It may have taken hundreds of years to build the Great Wall of China, but it’ll only take your kiddos a little over an hour.

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Get Building: Instructions + Parent Guide

If you missed any of our China activities, no worries! Click the links below for even more offline fun and learning.

Week 1: Make your own Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
Week 2: Build your own Chinese Dragon

China Course Week 2: Create Your Own Chinese Dragon

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We loved last week’s ice cream recipe and hope your family did too. It’s time to put some regular household items to good use. Set aside an empty egg carton and paper towel roll and send your little one on a mini scavenger hunt to Create a Chinese Dragon. So take a break, we’ve got an hour of fun and learning covered.

Don’t forget to check out our Parent Guide and share your photos with us on or . We can’t wait to see your kid’s creativity in action!

Let’s Get Crafty: Piggy Banks

Our new friend, Oscar!


A penny earned is a penny saved!! This week at Surprise Ride, we got crafty and created our own piggy bank. Make your own today and save up for a rainy day!

  • Empty plastic beverage bottle (the wider, the better!)
  • Light pink, dark pink and white felt
  • Pink construction paper
  • Clay or play dough
  • Glue
  • Silver paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Marker

Peel label off a clean, empty plastic beverage bottle.

Wrap white felt around bottle and glue. Paint white felt with silver paint. Once it dries, wrap a strip of pink paper around the middle of the felt.

Cut out two equal-sized ovals and glue onto the bottle. Draw a smaller in the center of each of the larger ovals.

Using clay or play dough, roll 4 balls of 1-inch diameter. Glue balls onto the bottom of the bottle. Once glue dries, squish the balls into the bottle so the bottoms are flat.

On the pink colored construction paper, draw two equal-sized ears. At the bottom of the ears, draw a rectangle (this will help your ears stick on). Glue ears down by the rectangles (see diagram below).

Cut out a circle in pink felt that is slightly larger than the bottle’s opening. Cut a slit in the middle (this is where you will put your coins!) and glue onto the bottle’s opening. Cut two smaller circles in a different pink felt and place onto the nose – these are the “nostrils” (oink oink!).

Once you’re finished, name your little friend and fill him up with lots of coins! (We named ours Oscar!) Want to know how to make money to put in your new piggy bank? Start a lemonade stand or put up a bake sale! You’re never too young to become a #kidboss. Learn more about becoming a young entrepreneur with our Kid Boss box!