Mar 142016
 

When the grandkids have days off from school for Easter vacation, it’s time to get busy on a craft at Camp Grandma.


Making catapults starting with popsicle sticks and hot glue teach engineering skills.  After studying all the pictures, they each created a different type of launching catapult. Many of the items used were scavenged from around the house like baggie clips, bottle caps, and plastic spoons.

Craft with bunny pen

Catapult with String Release
Materials needed:
– Popsicle Sticks
– Hot Glue
– Plastic Spoons
– Rubber bands
– Bottle Caps
– Masking Tape
– Corks
– Baggy Clips
– String
– Nails

The boys decided Easter themed bunnies and chicks would be fun to launch. No animals were harmed in the process. Their creative engineering added a Chicken Coop and Bunny Pen for keeping them safe when stored in the catapults. Grandma loved not having any sticky Easter candy or marshmallow mess to clean up.

Craft pompoms Animals

After the grandkids super glued pompoms together, they added feathers for tails and ears. Puffy paints on the eyes and mouths turned them into wild looking characters and prompted funny names like Humphrey, Puffy, and Smalls.

Catapult distance test
The animals needed a target and hitting an Easter basket proved very challenging.  This gave them an idea to see whose catapult sent their fuzzy animals the farthest. They spent the rest of the afternoon launching at targets outside on the lawn.  A distance of almost 20 feet made this Camp Grandma a success.

What Easter crafts are you planning when the kids are looking for ways to keep from getting bored during their school vacation holiday?

Jan 142016
 

Snow balls that don’t freeze fingers?  Sometimes winter fun needs to be brought indoors at Camp Grandma.

In the 1960’s, my husband and I bought wooden skis and leather boots that were aptly nicknamed “ankle busters.” Newlyweds learning a winter sport with friends in Green Bay, Wisconsin evolved into three generations of skiers heading for the mountains in Utah.  The skis are now fiberglass and the boots mold comfortably to your legs.  Our skulls are also well protected with padded helmets and stylish goggles that don’t frost up.


When the weather won’t cooperate, it’s time for Camp Grandma and some fun indoor science projects.  Let’s make snow balls that won’t melt or freeze cute little fingers.
Snow Ball Craft Ingredients
Ingredients:

-Body Lotion, 20 ounce bottle

-Corn Starch, 16 ounce box

-Peppermint Extract

-Large mixing bowl

Pour the corn starch into a large bowl and add half the bottle of lotion.  The peppermint extract gives a nice smell, but isn’t necessary.


This is where stiring and squishing comes in. Keep adding lotion to the mixture until the dough is moldable.


Your hands will thank you for this softest snow ball making project ever.   It’s time to add button eyes, sticks, and anything else that a snowman needs to wear. Store the dough in zip lock bags for future play times. Add some lotion if it becomes too dry.

Our next science project involves snow ball dough that creates foaming bubbles and erupts like volcanos.
Snow Ball Shaving Cream Ingredients

Ingredients:

-Baking Soda, large box

-Shaving Cream, approximately 1/2 can needed

-Glitter

-Vinegar, large bottle

-Koolaid, packets

Pour the entire box of baking soda into a large bowl.  The kids will love squirting shaving cream, that mostly ends up in the bowl and then squishing to mix and mold.

Place the snow balls on a plastic plate or tray that has sides, to keep the liquid from spilling.  Spray or pour vinegar on the baking soda mixture to create your own erupting and foaming bubbles.


The snow balls will look really cool by sprinkling blue Koolaid powder and glitter over them. This works better than food coloring, since it won’t stain little fingers.  Keep adding more vinegar onto the baking soda mixture and the fun lasts until the vinegar is gone.

I bought all these ingredients at the dollar store, for a day of very inexpensive science fun.  Is making snow that won’t freeze messy?  Absolutely!  I just made sure the grandkids washed up before receiving my Camp Grandma hugs.

Nov 102015
 

A Thanksgiving craft at Camp Grandma needs turkeys, catapults, and some crazy flying action.   The grandsons wanted to make colorful turkeys, and pompoms were perfect for this craft.  After the grandkids super glued pompoms together, they added feathers for tails.

turkey pompoms craft 1turkey pompoms Craft 2

 

 

 

The eyes, beaks and waddles made some cute, crazy and wild looking turkeys with the help of puffy paints. The biggest turkey got the name Humpfrey, and Nate hoped it would fly the farthest.

turkey pompoms craft 3Turkeys ready to launch

 

 

 

 

Boys like to launch things, and catapults seemed like the perfect way to see how far our turkeys could fly.

Catapult Craft 1Catapult Craft 2

Materials needed:
– Popsicle  Sticks
– Hot Glue
– Plastic Spoons
– Rubber bands
– Bottle Caps
– Masking Tape
– Corks
– Baggy Clips
– String
– Nails

With pictures for ideas, they each designed their own catapults, starting with popsicle sticks hot glued or taped together.

Fort Craft 1
Their creative engineering ideas included a Turkey Tree House and a Turkey Pen attached to the catapults.

Catapult with clip corksCatapult Craft Simple Design 1

Catapult with spoonCatapult Craft Tree House side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catapult Craft String Release 1

 

 

 

The turkeys need a target and the pilgrims are waiting for their Thanksgiving turkey dinners.  Pretzels were glued with a thick mortar made from flour and water onto a cardboard box.  Hot glue added strength to the fence and turkey pen.

Fort Craft 3Fort with Pilgrims Target

 
Luckily, the boys are becoming more adept at using hot glue.  They wore finger guards, but the back of one little hand needed some bagged ice for a few minutes.

What Thanksgiving crafts are you planning for this holiday?

Aug 192014
 

We ate dog food at Camp Grandma today. I would never ask the grandsons to taste test doggie treats, unless we made them ourselves.


Why did we make dog food? We have grand-dogs that need spoiling. Our grandsons love making cookie cutter shaped cookies, thus Camp Grandma was all about making doggie treat cookies for the grand-dogs.


I looked for the healthiest doggie snack ingredients, and this is what I found….pumpkin puree is bursting with vitamins, beta carotene and fiber. Besides being low in calories, it will help a tummy-aching dog settle its stomach. Eggs are a protein that keeps their fur coats looking shiny and molasses has vitamins, minerals and helps relieve stiffness from arthritis.
Camp Grandma Dog Treat #cookie #treat

The grandsons tasted the doggie treats and declared them rather bland and needing some frosting!

To make this cookie baking venture successful, a batch of sugar cookie dough came to the rescue.

The boys went to work and rolled, cut, baked and then snacked on frosted cookie treats made just for them.


As you can see, Copper loves attention and doggie treats. The grandson’s research proved it was a hands (or paws) down decision….the homemade treats were his new favorite. Their research may be a bit faulty though, since Copper also loves smelly socks.

 

5.0 from 10 reviews
Treats for Dogs
 
Author:
Recipe type: Snack or Treat
Serves: 30-40
Prep time:
Cook time:
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A healthy doggie treat with no preservatives or added sugar, but lots of vitamins and minerals for your pet.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2½ Cups Flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
  • 3 Tablespoons Dry Milk
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, add pumpkin puree, molasses, oil, water and eggs and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, dry milk, and baking soda.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix into dough.
  5. Add more water to the dough if needed, but dough should be dry and stiff, not sticky.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick.
  7. Cut with a cookie cutter.
  8. Place cookies on non-stick cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Let cool on cooling racks.
  11. Makes 30-40 cookies.
Jul 182014
 

Welcome to Camp Grandma’s Gassy Balloon Show, brought to you by my Science Guy Grandsons.  Nearby is Copper, our sulking grand-dog, since this project didn’t include snacks.
Camp Grandma Science Project Camp Grandma Science Project 1 Camp Grandma Science Project 3
Camp Grandma Science Project 2 Supplies needed:
Plastic Water Bottle
Vinegar
Baking Soda
Balloon
Funnel
Food Coloring (optional)

1). Pour 1/4 cup of Vinegar into an empty plastic Water Bottle.

2). Insert a Funnel into the Balloon.

3). Pour 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda into the Balloon through the Funnel.

4). Remove the Funnel and carefully attach Balloon to the Water Bottle without letting any Baking Soda spill into the bottle.

5). Lift the Balloon up so the Baking Soda falls into the Bottle.

Now the fun begins!  Watch the balloon inflate.

My Science Guy’s project is a success.  The Vinegar and Baking Soda react when mixed and produce Carbon Dioxide gas.

This bubbling gas causes the balloon to inflate.

After the bubbling action stopped and the balloon deflated, the Science Guy’s were ready to add a few drops of food coloring to a fresh mixture.

This made for some interesting green bubbles that re-inflated the balloon.

How many times did my Science Guys try this project?

Hint: A quart of vinegar makes for a fun afternoon.

Isn’t science a gas?

My thanks to Life Is Peachy for this great science project idea.

May 092014
 

A mother’s undying love lives on through future generations.
Mother photo 1943 Journal Entry - Mother Hovercraft with Mother
My mother is holding me while surrounded by my loving dad, sister and grandfather. 

Naturally I don’t remember that day, but I’ll always remember the love she generously gave me and everyone else.

As an only child, she was “over protected” from ever learning how to ride a bicycle, roller skate or even whistle.

She instilled in me her passion for learning how to create things, rather than buy a cheaply made version.

Now as a grandmother, her influencing love for creativity lives on through me to the great-grandchildren she never met.

A school assignment for my grandchildren was to write stories in their journals.

My daughter shared my grandson’s journal entry on the subject, “Tell about an interesting person you have met.”

Nate wrote, “The interesting person I have met is my grama.  She makes cool things like hovercrafts.  The best thing I think she made is the hovercraft.”

The drawing shows a smiling Nate with a hovercraft, we made at Camp Grandma.

A used CD is super glued to the top portion of a plastic bottle.  After blowing up the balloon, it is attached to the bottle’s stopper.

The air from the balloon makes the hovercraft float across the table.

What cool crafts will your kids  remember creating with you?

Apr 162014
 

It’s time for Easter decorating at Camp Grandma with the grandkids. Peeps 7 Family
Peeps 1 familyPeeps 3 familyThey have been learning to skateboard at the park, now that the snow is melting.

This was their chance to create Skateboarding Peeps and other funny bunnies on candy wheels.

I showed them some cute and clever Peep pictures from the Sweet Simple Stuff blog for ideas.  Be sure to visit and enjoy her creative ideas too.

Now the grandkids were on their own, to show how creative they could get with the Peeps, Lifesavers, Starbursts, cookies and candy melts.

They put Peeps on snow shoes, Peeps on a couch, Peeps in cars, as well as skateboards.

They discussed wanting to do something nice for a neighborhood family.

So they chose which ones they wanted to put in their Easter baskets.

Then off they went to share the rest of the Peep creations with a local family.

They were thrilled and thought these were the best Easter treats ever.

It was heartwarming to know that Camp Grandma brought some smiles to another family as well.

For your Peep Easter treats, start with some Candy Melts for the frosting glue.  Then add some frosting to the Life Saver Wheels and Nutter Butter cookies.  Let them dry upside down. Carefully cut wedges from the Starburst candy for carrots and frost/glue a green sparkle candy for the leaves.  Add frosting glue to the Peeps to stick them on the cookies.

SkateBoard and Peeps ingredients

SkateBoard and Peeps ingredients

SkateBoard wheels glued with Candy Melts

SkateBoard wheels glued with Candy Melts

Attach Peeps, Starburst Carrots on SkateBoards

Attach Peeps, Starburst Carrots on Skate Boards

 

 

 

 

Peeps 6 FamilyPeeps 9 Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sending Easter Holiday wishes from Camp Grandma.
Please share how you’re enjoying this holiday time, I love getting new ideas from you.

Mar 192014
 

Minecraft is my grandson’s favorite computer game. Minecraft bug
What is Minecraft?  Kids use creative thinking, geometry, and some geology as they learn to build imaginative block structures.

Steve, Enderman, Diamond Axes, and grass were the characters and items requested for his birthday cake.

MineCraft Birthday Cake

Steve and Enderman were molded with Rice Krispie treats and covered with fondant.  The TNT is mini red Twizzlers.  Pretzels covered with chocolate pieces created the Diamond Axes.  Toasted coconut filled in the area and Kit Kat wafers added the bridges.  A Fruit Rollup had his name written with the Wilton edible writing pen.

I started with two chocolate cakes baked in 9 x 13 inch pans for the blocks.  Crushed Oreo cookies mixed with graham crackers were added to the frosted sides to look like dirt.  Green buttercreme frosting with a Wilton Grass tip, gave the blocks that grassy look.

Inspiration and helpful ideas came from this Coolest Birthday Cake website.  I’d love to hear about your clever cake ideas, since there will be more grandkid birthdays coming soon.

Mar 152014
 

There are statues and frescos dedicated to the legend of Saint Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland.
Saint Patrick with SnakesStudio 5 ksl bubble-blow-craft So is a legend something to be believed as a true story?  A legend is any popular or larger than life story that is handed down from one generation to another.

So this explains why naturalists emphatically state that Ireland never had any snakes that needed driving into the Irish Sea.

Other history buffs say that the legend or story got its start because pagans had tattoos of snakes.  Saint Patrick got rid of the pagans by teaching Christianity. This theoretically explains how he drove  the snakes out of Ireland.

Well, I never did and never will like to handle real snakes.

Playing with snakes made out of green bubbles, is my kind of fun.

How to make cork boats, blow green bubble snakes, and create an erupting volcano are shown in this KSL Studio 5 video.  Brooke Walker, the host of Salt Lake City’s ‘Studio 5,’ and I had a blast playing with these science projects.

Camp Grandma is all about crafts and learning the scientific reason why bubbles grow so huge.

This recipe makes long lasting bubbles that stay firm and won’t break.

The “snakes” will keep growing as long as you keep blowing.

What craft is your kids’ favorite?

Mar 062014
 

One of these cute little princesses is me!
Handmade Matching Dresses Princess Dress My mom loved to make us matching dresses, even though it’s obvious we weren’t twins.

I begged her to teach me to sew too, since computers and other fun things weren’t invented yet.

Fortunately, I never got blood poisoning from the many times my fingers got in the way of the machine’s needles.

Exactly one year ago, I followed my family’s advice and began writing down all the stories of our travels, hobbies and crafts.

So if you picked the mischievous looking one on the right, yes that’s me.

To celebrate this first anniversary and honor my mom’s patient teaching, I want to give a lucky winner this handmade Princess Dress.  It is fully lined, with attached netting for that poufy princess look. Please note that this dress will fit a girl that is a size 4 up to 6.  My beautiful model is a size 6.  For more details, please go to my Etsy site.

Good luck and hope you win this dress for your little princess.
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