July 23, 2013 · 1:06 am
Now it’s Lalaloopsy Day @ Mom Camp! (For anyone who doesn’t know, Lalaloopsy is a kids toy/TV Show that features rag dolls come to life–I like to think of it as a hipper Raggedy Ann.)
Now, planning an entire mom camp day around this theme was a little bit of a challenge. The ‘Loopsy girls have button eyes. So, as you can see I sorta went wild with the button idea. All sorts of button crafts.
We got up first thing and I tried to make “Button Cakes”– which were pancakes with four strategically placed chocolate chips for the button holes.
The kids thought theses were just great!
I found these cute wooden buttons at a craft store for about 25 cents and the kids were kept busy coloring these while I cleaned up the “Button Cakes”.
Then it was on to button crafts galore! We started out making button flowers with pipe cleaners buttons and beads. I know, the beads were sorta cheating—but we had to do what we had to do. We also made a number of vases with some glitter paper, ribbon and an old pill bottle!
Both Cinco and The Princess had a wonderful time completing this craft and The Princess carried her flowers around all day– Success!
But the button fun didn’t end there….
We made button hair clips…
And button bracelets…
And button magnets…
Enough with the buttons already. We took a small break to watch a movie and let mom clean up the button made mayhem. The Search for Pillow was not exactly a hit with The Princess. She did a lot of complaining this it was “lame”–Ouch.
Don’t worry we also read some of the ‘Loospy girl books, too. Meet the Lalaloopsy Girls, was cute and explain who each on was and what made her special.
Party Time was a cute story about each ‘Loopsy bring something that they made to a fun little party!
I also bought a few of the girls…. I mean how could I resist? And,
Then we ended the Lalaloopsy fest with a bit of coloring…
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July 1, 2013 · 4:11 pm
It’s time to celebrate the 4th of July. This year we have visitors coming for the days leading up to the 4th so our reading, arts and crafts will be limited. Oh well. We have managed to read and create a few fun things for the holiday!
Let’s start with our crafts.
Revolutionary War peg dolls–including our founding father Ben Franklin!
What you need:
- Gather your clothespins and give them to the kids to color. We looked at pictures of British Redcoats for inspiration.
- Depending of what sort of person you are making, use the glue gun to add embellishments.
*We made tall bearskin hats for the Redcoats as well. Cut out a rectangle with rounded edges on one side. Again, ring the head of the clothespins with glue and glue the flat edge to the head. You will now have an open cone on the clothespins. Insert a cotton ball or two (depending on how tall you want your hat to be.). The cotton ball will make sure the bearskin hat keeps its form and doesn’t collapse. Fold the top in on itself and glue it closed.
*We made “tricornered hats” by cutting out circles in black construction paper. Then you fold up two sides and ring the “head” of the clothespins with glue and slap it on.
*We also made a colonial girl. Using fabric scraps we cut out a small circle and glued it onto the head of the clothespins for a bonnet. Then we added a skirt in the same pattern. The Princess finished her off by coloring the shirt, face and hair.
*American Revolutionaries can be colored in basic clothes (because most were citizen soldiers and would not have had real uniforms.) We did add a ‘coon skin cap by cutting a piece of brown pipe cleaner in half and coiling it up. Make sure to leave a little of the brown at the back of the cap for the tail to dangle down. We also hid them behind the trees like real colonial militia.
*Finally, Ben Franklin! Rip off part of the cotton ball and glue it on his head for hair. Next, cut out a construction paper diamond and color it how ever you like! It’s going to be Ben’s famous kite! Glue the kite to a pipe cleaner and wrap the pipe cleaner around Ben’s waist. If you want to be really ambitious, like us– just out a key and string it on the pipe cleaner before you tie it around his waist. You will find that the kite causes Ben not to stand up. We fixed this by gluing him to a jar lid covered in fabric.
We also recycled the fairy forest into a battle field for the war!
One of our other activities was a cool internet based decoding game provided by the US Park Service Rangers. You have to figure out a revolutionary war cypher as if you were George Washington! Cinco enjoyed it and I convinced him he was a Revolutionary war spy–Fun and educational.
The Princess also worked a neat 4th of July worksheet set provided by Gift of Curiosity. The pack says it for kids 2 to 7 and does offer various difficulty levels on the activities (matching, mazes, which one doesn’t belong). But it was better suited for the 4-year-old than the 7-year-old. I think it’s a little to simple for any one over 6. But it has great graphics!
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