Living simply in the wild

Tea Bag turned Rocket Ship

Weekends around here have turned. The park is strangely silent with only a handful of campers, most of which are full-timers or extended stays. Which means most are quiet, in their retirement years and in bed at dusk.

Weather here has also turned. Skys are overcast every few days, there is a chill in the air and walks and bike rides around the park no longer result in sunburns or sweat.

This weekend was spent reconnecting as a family since Jace seems to be gone more than he’s home now that he’s off at school.

If you’ve been keeping up with us you know that we are on a huge spending freeze while we scrape and save every penny coming in for our trip to Guatemala.

We’ve become pretty crafty with trash.

Things like old cereal boxes can make some pretty sweet gladiator or batman helmets.

Old toilet paper rolls are turned into action figures.

Junk mail turns into paper airplanes.

Cardboard boxes fashioned into a tree house (still in the works, stay tuned).

Not spending money really forces you to get creative and sometimes a little crazy to find activities for boys that will hold their attention.

Head over to and you’ll find some awesome activities for boys….and trust me, girls would love these too! I’m not sexists, but i am out numbered 4 to 1 here.

What’s this Tea Rocket?

I found it on

I think every boy hits the pyromania stage at some point. I don’t know what age is normal for the onset but with Ranger making fires each morning the Jr’s are starting to be captivated by fire. So finding an activity for boys to channel their love of fire into is almost always a WIN.

The Jr’s loved this experiment so much that we did 7 times, and then once more to show Ranger! It’s easy, cheap, and HAS to have adult supervision.


activity for boys

1 fire proof plate

1 (or 7) tea bag


Fire starter


Cut the top off of the tea bag and empty contents out


Unfold tea bag and place standing onto fireproof plate



Light on fire

teabag rocket

Watch it go!


I won’t give away the ending, but my advice is to start it on the floor so it won’t touch the ceiling.

IMGP5177You can tell from the Jr’s expressions that this won’t disappoint!

Tell us your most thrifty toy, cheap entertainment or fun science experiment. Seriously….please leave one in the comments. I’m running out of tea bags!!



3 responses

  1. That sounds awesome…we will have give it a try!

    September 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

    • Simply The Wildside

      great! you’ll have to let me know how it goes.

      October 6, 2013 at 6:54 am

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