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Thursday
Jul122012

Camp Week Part 3

There are so many fun crafts and activities you can do while camping. I had a lot planned, but in reality, we didn't do much since we were so busy sight seeing. If you are going somewhere you have been before or to just enjoy the wonderful idea of camping, you will probably want a few activities and crafts planned to keep the kids from becoming too crazy!

One activity we did was a Nature Hunt. We checked each item off the list as we took a picture of each object.

Click on the picture above to print our your own copy of the Nature Hunt.

This week, we are working on creating a book with our pictures and what each item represents (water, an animal, etc.) I will share once it is completed. Children love to create books and it helps with reading readiness and word exposure. Preschool children can easily enough "read" their books to siblings and parents.

A few other fun crafts...

Stick Frame:

Buy a cheap unfinished wood frame. Collect sticks and glue to the frame with craft glue. Let dry overnight.

Leaf Art:

Collect leafs and glue onto a sturdy white paper shaped into animals, shapes, objects, or abstract art.

Nature Rubbings:

Use sturdy white paper and place over anything with texture... rocks, leaves, bark, etc. Gently use crayons and rub back and forth against texture until pattern appears.

Tomorrow I will share the Junior Ranger Program we discovered at Acadia National Park. It is a really neat program and we found the programs are in almost every state and pretty easily accessible no matter where you live (well, probably not Guam!) My son LOVED completing it!

Hopefully this hot weather is bearable in your area!


Tuesday
Jul102012

Camp Week Part 2

I stumbled along this great idea on Pinterest and thought it would be a fun idea to use if you are camping at home. I made it for a Baby Shower, but thought it was an easy take on making S'mores without fire.

You can find the instructions at Tip Junkie. My only recommendation is add a whole lot more chocolate chips in-between the graham crackers.They were very easy to make and turned out yummy!

Last year we did a camp week at home and wanted to share a few of our past ideas.

Nature Walk and Project

Indoor Campfire

Camp Hats

Family Banner

Tomorrow I will share some more activities and crafts you can do either camping outdoors or at home!



Monday
Jul092012

Weekly Theme: Camp Week Part 1

Each week this summer, we will be doing some fun food, crafts, and activities with our children revolving around a certain theme. I hope you join us in these themes and we would love for your to leave comments with your ideas or link up your ideas on our Facebook page!

This week we are celebrating camping. My little family just returned from a week long camping trip to beautiful Maine. Today, I wanted to share a few quick tips on travelling long distances and camping with children. Throughout this week, we will share food ideas, activities, and crafts you can do with your children whether you are camping at home or camping out under the stars.

Travelling:

  • Don't always assume you can travel to Maine during the summer and try to find a hotel room at 2 AM! 
  • Throw away the limited TV screening policy and let your kids watch unlimited movies. It is so peaceful and quiet you can even have conversations with your husband!
  • Have snacks galore! We used a cooler with fruit, cheese, lunch meat, and made sandwiches and snacks.
  • Have any stuffed animals, special blankets, and PJ's ready for nap time or if travelling at night.
  • Take as many rest stops as needed.
  • A few fun games... I Spy, the license plate game, and I also taught Logan the color ruby and we tried to find as many items that were rubied color. He loved it.
  • Music and silly songs

 

Camping

  • Know that the kids will go to bed late and naps will be skipped or taken whenever possible.
  • Dirt is good... at least that is what I tell myself when my daughter is continually dirty from digging and playing
  • Always be prepared for rain
  • It is exhausting, but well worth it!
  • Lots of band-aids for those many falls and scrapes
  • Don't forget to charge your camera so you have enough battery power for all those great pictures you will be taking!
  • Embrace the no make-up and hair pulled back every day look
  • Drink lots of water!
  • Be prepared for a lot of activities and then realize you didn't do any of them... you were too busy enjoying your family and exploring!

I hope some of these tips can help! I really encourage camping. I told my husband that it is a lot of work, but the experience is so valuable! Our family loved it and hopefully your family will love it as well!


 

 

Monday
Jul112011

Camp Hat Tutorial

 As promised, here is a tutorial for the camp hat. I printed the original idea from the Family Fun website. I did make a few changes in materials. It was super easy and fast.

 

 

 

You will need:

  • green construction paper
  • yellow cardstock
  • red cardstock
  • tape and/or glue
  • paper cutter and scissors
  • pencil

To Make:

1. Cut out two strips of green paper with a paper cutter. I didn't have paper long enough to circle around a head, so I took a piece of standard green construction paper and cut it in thirds. I then taped two pieces together. 

2. Measure the head and tape paper to fit the circumference. Cut off excess.

3. Cut 6 large triangles from yellow paper. I drew one triangle and then used it as a template for the others. I am not a perfectionist at all, so my are not perfectly the same. I just drew some lines and cut.

4. Cut 6 smaller triangles from red paper.

5. Glue the smaller red triangles onto the yellow triangles.

6. Glue the bottom of the joined triangles to the top of the inner side of the green strip.

7. Place on head and enjoy!

 


 

Saturday
Jul092011

First Annual Camp Week Conclusion

We were so excited to conclude our fun camp week with an overnight camping trip. However, unfortunately, we had lightening storms but that didn't stop us from having a fun camping adventure at home!

 

We started our lovely evening off making our fire hats. The kids loved them and I think my husband was looking pretty cute in his.


We enjoyed a dinner of hot dogs, chips, potato salad, and Root Beer. We were camping so we could eat junk!!! We sang some songs and giggled throughout dinner. After stuffing our tummies, the kids headed outside to play in the rain and Hannah in the dirt because she is my daughter.

We then made binoculours and our family banner to post at our camp site.

We set up our tent and tried to take a family picture (take 25).

And enjoyed our s'mores.

We were sad to see the night conclude, but a wonderful time was had by all.

{Tutorials will follow tomorrow.}

 

We loved Camp Week 2011.

{I think next summer will include family shirts, I can't wait!}

 

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer weekend!!!