Inspired by a couple of our favorite books about balloons including Balloon Farm and You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum we decided it was only fitting to dedicate some summer camp time to exploring balloons.
We had the hopes of creating a homemade hot air balloon but after visiting three different locations and being told there was no helium available due to a recent mine closure we knew we needed to talk about balloons even more! We had a lot of fun experimenting with simple latex balloons.
We played balloon games, watched movies about balloons including UP and Balloon Farm and checked out more books about balloons from the library. We drew a lot of pictures of balloons, hot air balloons, run-a-way balloons and live balloons with faces and we also ate balloon inspired meals. We conducted experiments with heat, fire, baking soda and lemons. We tested our our human produced electricity and we made water balloons for an outdoor water balloon fight. Here are some highlights of the balloon experimental fun we had.
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At home summer camp is back for 2013. Click HERE to check out all the camp action from last summer. This year we kicked things off with Dinosaur Summer Camp. We gathered all of our dinosaurs then made a trip to the dollar store for fake plants and a bowl for the lake – we lucked out in finding a perfect blue tinted plastic bowl. We stopped by the hardware garden center to pick up rough bricks, two different size stones and sand box sand. We already had square metal garden trays and fake grass on hand. This was a great time in the construction and an even better time playing with our backyard dinosaur enclosure.
We made ‘Dinosaur’ Eggs out of flour and coffee grounds. Grab the recipe here: Coffee Dough Dinosaur Eggs. We filled the eggs with treasures and baby dinosaurs, then allowed them to dry outside in the sun and overnight. Then we smashed the eggs with our biggest toy dinos to crack them open.
We played dinosaur games, checkout dinosaur movies and books out of the library. We held who can roar the loudest contests and drew a lot of dino pictures. Also also ate several dinosaur inspired meals. Keep scrolling to see dino pancakes, sandwiches, green eggs for leaves and snack with dinosaur bites taken out of them.
I used rubber stamps of mason jars, stamped them onto paper, scanned them into the computer, cleaned them up and blew the scale up to a larger size. Then I printed the graphic jars onto white card stock. I had the participants cut the jars out and glue them on three sides down to a colored card stock, leaving the top open so a paper note could be tucked in. Then they decorated each of their jars. They made some amazing projects! Here are the sample I created. I will post theirs into another post soon.
This Message in a Bottle craft is quick, easy and fun. I have now made dozens of then to give for Christmas gifts this year.
I will be selling the kits to make them at Crafteria, on Friday, December 7th. Stop by and visit me at the the best handmade crafts fair in Phoenix. For only $5 you can take home a jar, the instructions and a packet of goodies to make one of your own. See you there!
Bazzill Basics Paper is offering an opportunity for crafters and card makers – they are hosting a Card Swap. Read on for details:
Bazzill wants everyone to discover the love of card making – to enjoy making something and giving it away. So Bazzill created Card Swap, a fun activity that invites card makers to register to join (it’s FREE), create 10 of the same card, send them into Bazzill and get their own card and nine others back from people all over the United States. The swap always have a theme and a specific paper to include, but the variety of cards that arrive are unbelievable. People that participate continue joining each swap and new people join in every time. To encourage participation, we have created this kit (shipping ends 1/15/13).
Bazzill Card Swap Starter Kit – ($20 value)
Send $10 to cover postage and handling and receive:
Use the Basics Red Devil paper to make ten cards for Bazzill’s Card Swap. Mail in your creations and get your own card and nine other cards from swappers. For more info and to register to play, visit: http://swaps.bazzillbasics.com/
Paper offer available through January 15, 2012. Allow 2 to 3 weeks for shipping.
Mail to: Card Swap Starter Kit, Bazzill Basics Paper, 7001 W. Erie St., Ste. 2, Chandler, AZ 85226. U.S. addresses only.
The Halloween decorating projects continue. For today’s installment I created paper bag luminaries by cutting the bird and tree shapes out using my Cricut. I laid the shapes down onto the brown bags and then coating them with a dark grey spray paint. These are filled with sand and tea lights and will line the driveway on Halloween night.
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Halloween brings out the crafty in me. I love anything with skulls and monsters. I created this green Ogre-like monster wall hanging using felt mostly. It is hanging on my front door, greeting guests with a sweet and scary welcome. For more Halloween click HERE.
I love Halloween. LOVE! Growing up in the Mid-West, Fall is such a colorful season filled with specific smells. I wait all year for Honey Crisp Apples to come into season along with Apple Cider and Sour Cream Donuts, not to mention all things pumpkin flavored. Living in Arizona can be kind of a buzz kill for those Fall feelings. I looked up the weather and it appears that we will have a solid month still of 100 degree days. Enough already – I am ready to wear boots and pull out the scarves. Soon, I tell myself and then we Arizonians will live in paradise for six months. So for now, while I wait for the shift in weather, I am going to will the season by thinking Fall. I have put all of my Halloween decorations up and will be posting highlights throughout the month so stay tuned for those. In the mean time here is the direct link to all of the past HALLOWEEN goodies. Enjoy!