Mom Camp is only 7 days in and the kids have turned in to demanding little stinkers. Before I could even grab a cup coffee this morning, Cinco was asking what craft, project or experiment was next. Oh heaven kids, give mamma a chance to at least get the sleep out of her eyes. I will say in Cinco’s defense, he let me sleep until 7am…. Fairies, Sun and Shakespeare keep rolling. We added the finishing touches to the fairy house in preparation for tomorrow night when we plan to catch the fairies! The bow and arrow is finished! We got the idea from twelve gadgets. Although, we added a few modifications. You basically take a popsicle stick and make two notches near the top and two near the bottom. Then soak the stick in water to soften it up for an hour — (you can cut down the time if you put it in a bowl of water in the microwave for a minute. The hot water will help it become pliable faster. Let it soak about 15 minutes in the hot water and you should be ready to go.) Then you shape it into a crescent and string some dental floss around the two ends at the notches you made. I glue gunned some ribbon to our bow so that it would reinforce the shape of the popsicle stick and prevent any splinters from the stick getting into someone’s finger! We also used an old Sharpie pen cap for a quiver. We glued some string to the cap, added a little glitter at the bottom for decoration and placed our q-tip arrows in it.
We also completed our treasure chest for the throne room. It was just a simple, free printable from reading-with-kids.com. We did add a few pirate coins and some plastic ice-cube gems we bought at Target.
Next up, we made flower fairies with items I bought from the Dollar Store and of course, my handy glue gun! Our supplies were some styrofoam balls, cheap fake flowers, glitter, q-tips, string, markers and feathers. Simple easy fun for a 4 and 7 year old! Additionally, once the fairies were done the kids spent about an hour playing with them! At least this gave me bit of time to do some laundry.
Sun projects continued with sun paper pictures. You can get the paper on Amazon for about $6. I buy this one even though its sold as a “re-fill” pack. It comes with everything you need and why pay more afull kit that really isn’t that much better? Basically you find some objects (natural or otherwise) and place them on the paper in the sunlight. After a few minutes you remove the objects and wash off the paper. You will see the images of your objects appear. We did several in the morning. We even placed a feather on the paper. At first, the feather did not show up on the page and Cinco was pretty disappointed. About ten minutes later a few wisps of an image started to materialize and he loved watching it “appear” on the sun paper. Oddly enough, some of the “blue” washed off on my leg and despite a scrubbing it hasn’t come off…hmmmmmm…
For books, we continued our Midsummer Night’sDream for kids. They really loved that one of the character’s is named Nick Bottom. I tried to make the connection for them that Bottom was turned into an “ass” but I am not really sure they understood where I was going with that “joke”.
Then it was off to an afternoon at the pool and more swimming lessons!