Today, campers, the girls and I made a crafty gift for a birthday party (where we'll be going as soon as this post is done)... and it inspired the word for the day, which is....CRAYONS!
Also bubbles, chalk, jump ropes, hoola hoops, hopstcotch, yarn, god's eye, and plaster of paris!
Basically, any and all beloved camp crafts and simple games.
Crayons and Felt:
Take one big or two smaller pieces of felt. Fold the big piece over or stitch the two smaller pieces together to create a pocket with a flap. I like to then stitch the pocket into smaller pockets... the girls have "colorful car crayon kits" where each crayon has it's own "pocket", but the one we made this morning has just one line down the middle to make a big pocket for a box of crayons and a big pocket for a memo pad. There is a similar "artist pouch" pattern in the Creative Family book, or you can go fancy and make an archaeologists soft rolled pouch, or an artists rolled set of brushes, or anything you can think of! Depending on what you want you can make this craft in about 15 minutes out of scraps. Kind of like this
take two sticks (or popsicle sticks, or rulers, or knitting needles, or whatever) and make an "X" or cross. Tie the middle of the cross with yarn to hold it together and then use that yarn to wrap over under over under over under around the four arms of the cross. You can swap in different colored yarn, feathers, herbs, grasses, etc. The end result is a "gods eye" that can be hung in a window or doorway or out in a tree. Perhaps choose colors that apply to an intention or that are associated with your spiritual path? Green and Blue for a water gods eye, long grasses for an earthy god's eye, twine that is then smeared with peanutbutter and seeds for a wild bird gods eye. Have fun and let your imagination go!
Make bubble wish mix... stir your wishes and intentions into the bubble mix then send that intention out on the wind! As the bubbles pop your intention is "exploded" into the sky and what passing deity, spirit, or soul wouldn't feel kindly towards the person sending such beautiful prayers? Or you can name each bubble as you blow them...again letting your intentions dance out into the world. There are lots of recipes, the easiest being dish soap and water (though for better recipes check here
) and many different "blowers"... try using your fingers (frustrating but messy fun) or a bent pipe cleaner.Hoola hooping
, jumping rope
Theses are all becoming retro exercise options... and they're pretty effective as well as fun! Give them a try on your own or with your family and friends.
Oh...and what about those crayons? Perhaps you might color a picture of what you want and hang it on the fridge? Or color a picture of what you want to remove and crumple it/burn it/mulch it away?
Maybe make a special Magic Crayon (think along the lines of Harold and his Purple crayon
, drawing things into reality).... you can melt down old crayons
, melt and color beeswax
into coloring sticks, add herbs or oils, and so on!May we have a colorful and beautiful, funny and fabulous, day at camp!