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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!




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!!!


Indoor Campfire

We continued our celebration of camping today with an afternoon of reading around the indoor campfire.

There are a few ways to make this little campfire. Below are the instructions on how I made it, however next time, I would modify it just a bit. Those modifications are at the end of the post. I found this little project at Kaboose.

You will need:

  • glue
  • CD
  • rocks
  • sticks
  • dirt
  • red and orange tissue paper
  • toothpick

To make:

1. Cover the CD with glue and cover with dirt. I didn't have Elmer's glue, but I think it would be the best. Let glue dry just a bit and then brush excess dirt off.

2. Glue rocks onto  the perimeter of the CD. Let glue sit for a few minutes.

3. Take the sticks and glue in a teepee style. You may need to break the sticks so they are approximately the same size. Let set for a few minutes.

4. Tear the tissue paper into small squares. Taking the toothpick, place it in the center of the tissue paper and wrap the tissue paper around the toothpick. Dip the toothpick into glue, and gently push it against the sticks. Remove the toothpick and repeat with another piece of tissue paper.

5. Let project dry... or if you are like me and have no patience in the drying area, gently pick up the finished project and take it in the family room to read books around.



Next time, instead of the CD, I would take a piece of heavy cardboard and create a larger circle. Not only would it be larger, but the glue would dry faster. Within the large circle on the cardboard, I would create a hole where I could place a flashlight in. I think it would be pretty neat to be able to use the campfire at night and have a glow around the room.


Books We Are Enjoying




Nature Walk Activity

 Today we enjoyed our nature walk, however, we did not get to complete our activity, but I wanted to share what a great idea I found from I Am Momma- Hear Me Roar.


I love this scavenger hunt idea. She has a printable you can use or you can make your own. Super easy and super fun!

One song we enjoy singing...

Sung to "The Farmer in the Dell"

A-camping we will go,

A-camping we will go,

Heigh-ho, a merrio

A-camping we will go!

Logan likes to call it "The Barney Song."

I would love to hear what fun ideas are you doing with your family!


Camp Week!

It's Camp Week here in our household! Here in our little part of the East coast, it hasn't been too hot nor too humid. Perfect weather to enjoy the great outdoors!

Today we headed up to a lake not too far from our home. We loved it! Sad to say, we have lived in our current area for 5 years and I just realized this awesome lake was near us. We will visit again!

For our excursion, our plan was to create a nature collage. I brought along paper bags, glue, white paper, markers, and crayons.

We explored a trail and the kids picked up leaves, rocks, sticks, basically anything they wanted.

After our walk, we settled ourselves on a grassy patch of grass and Logan enjoyed making his nature collage of his many treasures, mainly rocks, he found.

On our twenty minute drive, we sang camping songs and discussed what we like about camping and being outside. I find being strapped in the car is an incredible time to chat with my kids and discuss the world around us.

Our upcoming week's festivities include:

  • Paper roll binoculars
  • Egg Carton Nature Walk
  • Camp Flag
  • Books around the CD camp fire
  • Fire Hats
  • Ice Cream in a Bag
  • Decorating Rocks
  • Family camping and s'mores
  • Camp songs