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Campground Crafts for Kids
Family camping trips are all about creating memories, and one sure fire way to make them memorable is to bring along some simple craft materials so the kids can create their own masterpieces. Here are a few ideas for campground crafting fun:
Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder
What to bring: Birdseed, envelopes of unflavored gelatin, measuring cups, twine or string, cookie cutters and wax paper
How to make them: Dissolve one envelope of gelatin in ¼ cup of hot water and let it cool for a bit. Stir in ¾ cup of birdseed or a bit more if needed to absorb the liquid. Place cookie cutters on wax paper and fill them half way with the birdseed mixture. Knot the end of a piece of twine to make a loop, and lay it over the birdseed. Add more birdseed mixture until the cookie cutter is full. Allow the bird feeders to dry overnight, then remove them from the cookie cutters and hang them from the trees for the birds to enjoy.
Sponge Water Bombs
What to bring: Packages of colorful kitchen sponges from the dollar store, scissors and string or fishing line.
How to make them: Cut the sponges into 1” strips lengthwise. Stack three rows of three strips each in varying colors on top of each other. Tie the bundle tightly together in the middle with string or fishing line and twist the sponge strips into a ball shape. Make a big batch of these, add them to a pail of water and let the water fights begin!
Paper Bag Kites
What to bring: Large brown paper grocery bags, crayons or markers, a hole punch, hole reinforcement stickers from the office supply store, rolls of crepe paper or colorful plastic bags, strong string
How to make them: Give each kid a paper bag to decorate with crayons or markers. Punch two holes on each side of the top of the bag and apply the hole reinforcement stickers. Cut two 30” pieces of string, thread them through the punched holes and tie them to create two loops. Loop a third piece of string (30” or longer) through the two loops to make a handle. Cut streamers out of the crepe paper or plastic bags and have the kids glue them onto the edges of the bag. Once the glue is dry, the kites are ready for flight!
What to bring: Non-toxic, non-permanent ink pads in varying colors, drawing paper and thin black markers
How to make them: Have the kids use the ink pads to create thumbprints in the shapes of butterflies, centipedes, lady bugs, spiders or other insects. Then, once the ink is dry, have them use the markers to add eyes, legs, wings and antennae to create their own colorful bug zoo.