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Fairies, Fairies Everywhere…. Mom Camp Days 10-13

The summer solstice tradition lives on.  We ate strawberry shortcake for dinner, played with sparklers and glow sticks and the kiddos built their fairy houses again!  The Princess also discovered a new book series  which features lots of fairies including one that shares The Princess’ name. To top it off we watched Epic  which takes place on the Summer Solstice, but doesn’t actually involve fairies.

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This year Cinco decided on a baseball theme for his fairy creation.  He started with a ball field complete with dugouts and even Gatorade ads on the stadium walls, LOL.img_3778

The following day he built a score board out of craft sticks. img_3781  Next, we made mini baseball caps together. We made two sets of 9 caps each, enough to field two fairy teams.  Cinco and I like the blue cap best because they remind us of the KC Royals.

I have left instructions on how to make your own cap at the end of the blog. Scroll down…

He made mini baseballs out of wooden balls from the craft store and created a makeshift baseball bat. Cinco wants to go so far as to make t-shirts for the fairies, but there was only so much time in the day….  Get that?  The longest day….  only so much time.  What a laugh.


Cinco also needed a fairy house.img_3779  img_3770-2This year the kids wanted to go with more of a nature theme and he decided to create a cave for the fairies.  He covered the entire outside of the cave with stones.
Cinco made a bed from straw and craft sticks as well.

 

The Princess decide on a glamorous dress shop for the fairies.  We made mini dresses with wine corks as the mannequins. The Princess also added a special fashion mirror for the fairies to try on their dresses.  She also added a pink scarf and some perfume bottles for the fairies.  She really glammed up the dress shop and then went with more of a nature theme for the fairy house.

img_3782The house was lovingly created from an old Go-gurt box.  Rocks and shells added to the nature theme.  The fairies also have an outdoor picnic area complete with mushrooms for stools.

Per usual the kids did a great job and the fairies left a few magical items. The Princess received a magical necklace and Cinco got a sports inspired quidditch necklace .  (If you can believe it, his necklace cost less than $2, including shipping!!!)

The fairies also have an extra special treat this year.  Normally, they spread ice cream sprinkles all over their mini houses. Of course, they did that again.  But they also left milk chocolate sprinkles for the kiddos, .  These are sprinkles commonly eaten in Holland, and were inspired by our trip this summer to see The Dutchman.  I haven’t had these since I was in grade school… and personally, I am looking forward to eating them as well.

To make your own mini baseball cap you will need:

  • bottle caps
  • pom poms
  • duct tape in the color of your choice
  • thin cardboard or cardstock
  • a glue gun

img_3735Start by cutting out a bill for your cap. Hot glue it to the bottle cap.
img_3736Glue a medium pom-pom to the top of the bottle cap. Then carefully cover your hat in duck tape taking care not to tape down the pom-pom too much or you baseball cap will look more like a civil war officer’s hat.

 

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We Interrupt this Mom Camp to Bring You Summer Solstice Day

You may have figured out by now, that when we travel I wait until we get home to actually blog about it.  This sometimes means that the Mom Camp blog gets off schedule compared to actual Mom Camp activities.  In this case, I was forced to interrupt the vacation blog to bring you Mom Camp Summer Solstice.

If you follow the blog, you know that EVERY YEAR for the Summer Solstice we build fairy houses.  We set them up outside in the backyard and leave them for the fairies to enjoy during their midsummer revels.  They often have such wild parties that they leave the area littered with fairy dust and sprinkles.  In return, the fairies kindly leave a little a trinket and sometimes a note for the kids.

There was even a year when I doctored some photos and pretended that I got footage of the fairies in the middle of the night when they were at the fairy houses.

The first year of fairy house building was 2013.  This is the link for our 2014 fairy houses. Our 2015 houses were a little rushed because we had just returned from Ireland when we created them. 

Below you can see the best examples of our work from the last three years.  As you can tell, we use a LOT of recycled materials.  Our primary item is cardboard.  But we throw in plastic bottles, cloth, and anything else we can use.  The fairy bow and arrow quiver is an old sharpie pen top!

 

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Mom Camp Day 7: Summer Solstice Continues…

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! IMG_1907 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. IMG_1909

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. IMG_1905IMG_1902You 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!

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