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Backyard Kids Camp ~ Summer 2013
Sun May 19, 2013 9:26 pmForum Host
Surviving Summer Break ~ Host Your Own Backyard Kids Camp
~ Every summer, the same summertime challenges hit many families. School is over for the year, and the kids are home on summer break. We all remember paper bag puppets and paper plate art. But sometimes that’s just not enough to keep our energetic little artists busy enough for the whole summer. And babysitters, parents, and grandparents everywhere are entrusted with the annual ritual of trying to find safe, fun and interesting activities that will keep the kids busy throughout the summer months. At least until school is back in session in the fall.
~ Of course, nothing beats a fun day at the swimming pool, running through the sprinklers on a scorching hot day, taking a nature hike in the park, going on a picnic, camping out in the backyard, or going for a long bicycle ride on a lazy summer day. But sometimes, that’s not enough to fill all the hours in a summer day. Quiet arts and crafts activities can be fun too, and they can be a great transition when the parents or kids alike need a break from a fast-paced activity schedule.
~ Did you there are several recipes posted on this site that can help you plan a summer’s worth of fun and safe activities for the young ones in your life? And there’s enough activities below that you should be able to find one project or arts/craft idea for almost every day of summer break. But even so, your kids will enjoy these simple but fun activities so much that they’ll want to repeat them day after day.
~ Most of the recipes featured below are quite inexpensive and utilize common items you might already have at home, and the vast majority are fun for kids of all ages. Some are appropriate for indoors, but many can be done outdoors as well. So clear a spot on that picnic table, haul out the craft box, and have some fun with the kids!
~ To be safe though, please read all of the directions carefully so you are aware of all the items needed to complete the project, as well as to be sure it’s age appropriate and safe enough for your family. We want everyone to have fun, but remember that all important phrase…..safety first !
Sparkle Power Bubbles
Homemade Silly Putty
~ Who could forget copying images from the Sunday comics with our brand new Silly Putty? Your kids can do it, too. Try one of these homemade versions, and see what they can make with the fun clay-like mixture. Try making these homemade versions of the classic, Silly Putty.
Homemade Modeling Clay
~ Pearly Soda Play Clay
~ Ornament and Handprint Clay
Or perhaps try one of the many other modeling clay recipes posted on this site…
Easy Play Clay
Easy Modelling Clay
Non-Hardening Modeling Clay
Soda Play Clay
Super Cool Modeling Clay Recipe
Magical Modeling Clay
Robert Munsch's Play Clay
Creative Clay Dough (Non Edible)
Peanut Butter Play Clay
Edible Peanut Butter Clay
Homemade Play Dough
~ Who can forget all the fun we had as kids, spending hours shaping and molding those colorful bits of Play Dough into flowers, animals, and all sorts of fun things? Like most things, even that classic is increasing in cost every year. But there is an economical way of having your clay and playing with it, too. Make it yourself!
There is such a wide assortment recipes for Play Dough on this site that I thought it would be better to list all the Play Dough recipes together in one folder, for easier comparison. That way, everyone can choose the Play Dough recipe that best suits their needs.
Folder of Play Dough Recipes
But that’s not the end of the fun. Once the play Play Dough is made, have the kids make a zoo, using the play dough to create all the different types of animals they might find in a zoo. Be sure to make plenty of trees, plants, rockeries and other things one might find in the animals’ natural habitat or zoo environment.
Homemade Goop and Gak (and similar products)
Dr. Seuss' Oobleck
~ You don’t have to pay a fortune to buy the ooey, gooey popular commercial product called green “Slime”. Instead, why not save a few bucks and have the fun of trying one of these Slime recipes (which all currently have no reviews or photos) . . .
Super Easy Gooey Slime
Homemade Finger Paints
Homemade Finger Paint
Easy Finger Paint
Finger Paints - Edible
~ Why don’t you try one or two of the following homemade finger paint recipes, and give a fellow chef a new review. And share with us any and all of your child’s masterpieces!
Finger Paints...non Toxic
Homemade Finger Paints for Children
Homemade Craft Paints
Super Simple Paint
Scatch and Sniff Water Colors
Sparkly Puff Paints (or for no sparkles paint, try Puffy Paint)
Homemade Sidewalk chalk and Sidewalk Paints
Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
And after your creative kids have made their sidewalk chalk, they’ll certainly want to demonstrate their artist side and decorate the sidewalks with their masterpieces. Or you can draw a game pattern on the sidewalk, and play Hop Scotch, Hangman or Tic-Tac-Toe all afternoon.
Do you need more ideas for what to do with all that sidewalk chalk? Check out these fun activity websites for even more ideas for sidewalk chalk play.
How to Play Hopscotch
Five Fun Games to Play with Sidewalk Chalk
20 Activities with Sidewalk Chalk
~ " Born Again Crayons " - Kids Fun Crafts
~ Homemade Crayons
And after you’ve created a box full of crayons, you’ll want to put them to good use by having your little artists color some pretty pictures to display on your refrigerator. So pick a theme (flowers, cartoon characters, super heroes, animals, birds and butterflies, etc), and then print a few pages from these websites that offer FREE coloring pages to keep the kids busy for hours.
Printable coloring pages
Free Coloring Pages by Crayola Crayons™
Free Coloring Book Pages by DTKL
Free Coloring Pages by Parents Magazine
Free Coloring Pages by Family Education
Free Coloring Pages, separated by category
Free Coloring Pages with storybook themes
Free Coloring Pages with general themes
Free Coloring Pages by ColoringBookFun.com
Homemade Soap Crayons and Bathtub Paints (for bathtime fun)
Soap Crayons for Kids' Bath
kids Bathtub Paints
Kid's Soap Jelly Paint
Homemade Face and Body Paints
Homemade "face" Paint
Kiddie Face Paint
Food/Cooking Projects for Kids
~ Edible Jewelry
~ Survival Necklace
~ Candy Necklace (For Kids Parties,favors or Holidays)
~ Kool-Aid Rock Candy
Chemical Volcano for Kids ~ (for the older kids)
Homemade Glue for Gift Labels, Stickers, Etc
And check out these websites for more summertime activities and craft projects
~ Pretend Stained Glass
~ Homemade Glitter Clay
~ Egg Carton Animals and Tupips
~ Pine Cone Bird Feeder
~ Butterfly Window Hanging
~ Cup O Worms (or Cup O Fish)
~ Paper sack puppets (printable patterns)
~ Paper Plate Crafts
~ Five Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts
~ Build Your Own Slipe N Slide
~ 25 Summertime Activities to Do With Your Kids
~ Painted Flower Pot activity ~ When the paint dries, add soil and seeds, and help them start to their own herb garden
Last edited by NorthwestGal on Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:28 am, edited 1 time in total
Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:49 pmForum Host
What a fun thread! There are so many great ideas here. Thank you for assembly them for easy reference.
Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:28 amForum Host
Thats a great lot of good ideas - so much for the children, I love it!
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