Bastille Day Part II: aka Mom Camp Day 20

The celebration of Bastille Day continued with a day dedicated to France’s iconic Effiel Tower.

As part of this project we crated our own towers. We started with two dimensional towers made of straws and pasted to card stock.

The Princess added a cute little sun.

Cinco’s Tower

I really liked the less technical and more artistic version of the tower created by Cinco.

Then we decide to try a few 3D versions of straw towers.

Again we consulted YouTube and watched a few quick videos on the Effiel Tower. We learned a that the tower was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

Then it was time for a trip to the Las Vegas Effiel Tower at the Paris Hotel. After a trip to the top and a chance to see the Bellaggio water show with a bird’s eye view, we stopped for a little cream treat!


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It’s Bastille Day, Baby! Mom Camp Day 19

In honor of France’s Bastille Day Mom Camp decided to revisit one of our original themes: Bastille Day. *

We began with a few worksheets from one of my favorite Mom Camp sites: The one featured above is a cute and simple guide to the location of various French land marks.

The Princess and I walked in the footsteps of Marie Antoinette and made some French inspired jewlry.  I found these little charms at Michael’s and decided they would be perfect for a little Bastille Day jewlery making.

We created a lovely necklace using the colors of the French flag.  The red and blue peals were for the colors in the flag representing the revolutionaries.  Instead of Burbon white, we substituted a silver pearl.

We also decided to watch a few cartoons on the French Revolution on YouTube.

This one was only about 3 minutes. The other was a clip from an old cartoon called Histria. The kids really enjoyed this one and went one to watch a second one on the heroes of France. It even includes Joan of Arc.

To round out the day we played  .   Basically, you are the executioner during the French Revolution and you need to collect noble’s heads.  Different nobles are worth different points and the person with the most points at the end of the game wins.  The Princess really took to game.  I suspect because she is always trying to collect the queen.

*nb: When one has been doing Mom Camp for 6 years some times we need to recycle ideas.  Lol

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Mom Camp Day 18: 4th of July Fun

In preparation for the 4th of July, we did a few crafts, played some games and took a swim.

Our first activity was a silly quiz to see which founding father you are. I got George Washington.  The kids each took the quiz and they both got Roger Sherman.  Now, I can’t say I know alloys founding fathers. But, growing up in Connecticut I actually knew who he was and gave the kids a long explain action on the important of his role at the Constitutional Convention. He was responsible for the Connecticut compromise and is the reason we have a Senate and a House of Representatives.

Next we went to work on a shortbread version of the White House from Trader Joe’s.  When we opened the package it smelled great.. Sadly it didn’t taste quite as good as it smelled.  I know, I know you don’t actually eat the cookie kits but you can’t blame us for a having a little nibble.

The frosting in the kit worked great and held the pieces together well.  The only issue we had with the kit were the columns. You have to brake them apart and in the process we cracked 4 out of 8.  Two columns we pieced back together with some of the icing and two of them were beyond repair and we ate them!

Then I had kiddos play and online educational video game.  They both declared it was borrng and quickly walked away from it.

We closed out the day with family movie night and

Both kids enjoyed the movie.  Thank heaven it wasn’t another Titanic disaster.

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The Monsoon Moms @ Wet N’ Wild: Day 17

Today we planned to take a break from the Titanic theme.  Instead, we were going to branch out to a larger water theme by stopping by Wet N’ Wild with some friends.

It does happen to be Monsoon season in Vegas and as I was driving to Wet N’ Wild a flash flood warning came over my phone.  Still the dark and looming clouds seemed to be well to the Northwest of the park.  So, I decided NOT to call my mom friend (known known as Monsoon Mom) to call off the outing. That was a mistake.

When we arrived the water park was temporarily shutdown.  According to Monsoon Mom, who has season passes to Wet ‘N Wild, this kind of thing often happens and the park frequently reopens in a few minutes.

We walked over to a near by park and allowed the kids to play for a few minutes.  Then it started to HAIL!  Yes, hail!

We stayed under a picnic shade structure for about 30 minutes and then finally made a run for it as the deluge slowed.

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The Titanic theme continued for a second day despite the drama over the movie.  Although both Cinco and The Princess remained less than excited about this theme. 

For The Princess I downloaded a great set of worksheets from Teachers Pay Teachers created by Primary Junction.  Lucky for me, they were free! They included some basic one page reading sheets followed by a set of comprehension questions.  It also included two small make-it-yourself- booklets.

We also worked in a few crafts as well.  Cinco made his own version of a Lego Titanic. 

Next we gathered a few supplies to make a porthole. We decided to make it a view out the window of the Titanic after it sunk.  We had all the creatures of the drop floating by. 

We started with a set of paper plates–one white and one ocean blue. 

 We cut a circle out of the white plate and then glued the blue plate inside of it.  Next we flipped the plate over and started creating our underwater scenes.

Many of the ‘decorations’ were edible: 

  1. Swedish fish
  2. Sour gummy octopi 
  3. Goldfish crackers

So of course we had to eat a few of our creatures as we went along!

I had one transparent plastic lid left over from a tub of Trader Joe’s animal crackers.  The kids played rock paper siscors to see who would get it.  Cinco won and I think it made a nice finishing touch for his porthole. Although in true little sister fashion, The Princess pointed out the glass would have shattered when the ship went down. 

After the crafts we decided to head to the pool.  At least we were keeping the water theme alive. 

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Titanic Day Part One (Mom Camp Day 15)

For the past two years I intended to do a few Titanic themed Mom Camp Days. And, every year we get to the end of the summer and it hasn’t happened.  Well, this is the YEAR people!!!

The kids on the other hand are less than enthusiastic about this little project.  We started off by watching a documentary on the Titanic.  From the start, no one was really interested in the show, including The Captain. The kids rebelled saying it was very boring and I shot back that it was educational and that we are doing our Titanic Days!!!!!  Cinco started saying the ship took 2 hours and 40 minutes to sink and that was all he needed to know about the event.  LOL.

Not the best start to Titanic Day.  However, once I explained we were going to go to the Titanic museum, watch the James Cameron movie, make a mini-Titanic and do some science experiments they seems to be a bit happier about the experience.

Cinco started the day by making a mini Titanic paper craft.

img_3790The Princess created paper dolls with outfits related to the time period.  Technically, the outfits are from the Edwardian 1900s.  But between 1900 and 1912 the fashion didn’t change too much.  So I went ahead and used them anyway.

They also colored images of the Titanic sinking that I printed out from Activity Village. Download the picture here. Activity Village also had a fun worksheet that asked the kids what they would pack if they were sailing on the Titanic. 

Cinco completed a primary source worksheet from about two passengers from the ship. Download the worksheet here.

We ended the day with popcorn and the movie,Titanic .  Cinco and the Princess got a hand me down electronic keyboard and tortured The Captain and me with a Casio version of Celine Dion’s My Heart will Go On for years!  When Cinco finally heard it as the theme from the movie he asked if that was the original version.  How funny…

Although they have seen plenty of other PG-13 movies, this one turned out to be a mistake.  Both kids started crying about 2/3rds of the way through the movie. Too depressing I guess. 


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Mom Camp becomes Dad Camp Days 14 & 15

For these days, Mom Camp was on the road again.  This time it was a road trip to Brianhead Utah to reach cooler temperatures and even cooler friends.

After an easy 3 and 1/2 hour drive (I say easy, because after a 23 hour trip home from NOLA this was a piece of cake.), we arrived at a lovely cabin in the woods to join another family who will henceforth be called The Brianhead Bunch.  Some yummy steaks, an outdoor campfire with ‘smores finished off the day.

The following day it was time to rent ATVs and hit the wilderness. Although The Brianhead Bunch were experienced ATV drivers, The Captain and I had never been on them.  I will also admit my outdoor skills really are not superior.  In college, I once managed to capsize a jet ski, LOL.  I was slightly nervous at first.  I took a quick spin on an open quad and we eventually rented an ATV with roll bar and seemed a little more secure (other than the roll bar, I am not actually sure it was one bit safer.  I was able to pretend I was safer and took to calling it my ‘golf cart’.)

Lunches were packed and we hit the dirt roads. Cinco rode with me and The Princess was co-pilot with The Captain.  At first, things were pretty easy.  We arrived at a lovely visita.Things got a little hairy after that as we drove up a rocky hill.  My strategy was slow and steady, but at one point the ATV significantly tipped to the right.  Cinco began crying and wouldn’t stop reminding me that I had in fact once capsized a jet ski.  In true kid style, he went back and forth from crying with terror to signing Highway to Hell.  In my typical mom style, I kept telling him I had not killed him yet and could he please calm down.  I was then forced to put one of my arms around him to calm him down.  That’s when things took a turn for the worse.

With all the crying, singing and chaos in my ATV my nerves were a little frayed and I ALMOST drove into a tree.  I tried to back up, but then the rocks started sliding underneath the vehicle.  I decided enough was enough and flagged The Captain to get me out of a sticky spot. Thankfully, he drove like a pro and got me back on track.

The drive was easier downhill.  And, Cinco stopped crying on the return trip and started singing Highway to Hell in a far more playful and jovial manner.

We saw a few more natural treasurers:

But the best moment came near the end of the day when we went though a big puddle with everyone laughing and having a good time.

A big thank you to the Brianhead bunch for a new experience and good time. Alls well that ends well.

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