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

 

 

 

 

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

Oct 032013
 

We are making bubbles that grow like a snake at Camp Grandma.   bubble blowing craftThis recipe makes long lasting bubbles that stay firm and won’t break.

Mix 1 cup of distilled water with 2 tablespoons Dawn dishwashing liquid.  Add 1 tablespoon of glycerin, stir and let sit for 24 hours before using.

The bottom of a plastic bottle was cut off, covered with a dry handy wipe and held in place with a rubber band.bubble blower craftbubble blow craft

The boys decided to add food
coloring, which makes some very cool looking bubbles.

The bottom of the bottle was dipped each time into the bubble solution.

The bubbles will hold their form and keep growing as long as you keep blowing.

Unfortunately, their hands will be colorful for a few days.

What soapy liquid isn’t used can be stored in a bottle for another fun time.

We used the required Camp Grandma mess control.  This project was done on a large tray, with newspapers and toweling layered on the dining table.

Next time, we want to try this outside with string or larger hoops than what you buy in stores.  Is there a way to color the bubbles and not their fingers?

Jun 272013
 

When the grandkids come over, my kitchen becomes “Camp Grandma” and today we created homemade erupting volcanos.volcano with sand decoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items needed:  a round pie plate with heavy duty tin foil, a small glass bottle, lots of newspaper and paper toweling, and coarse sand for that earthy look.  This play dough recipe worked great when shaped around a glass bottle to look like a volcano.volcano tutorial

Homemade Play Dough Recipe
2 cups  Flour                 1 cup Salt
2 tbl. Vegetable Oil        2 cups water
4 tsp. cream of tartar
Pour all ingredients into a large pot.  Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms.  Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes).  Store in a zip lock bag or plastic container.

shaped volcano with lintThe play dough packed glass bottles are then placed in the tin foil covered pie pans for mess control.  Some dryer lint soaked in white glue was packed on the volcano for decoration.

Insert a funnel into the glass bottle and pour in 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda.  Mix 6 drops of dish soap and 4 drops of red and yellow food coloring to 2 cups of vinegar.

The grandkids played for hours with their volcanos and eventually used an entire gallon of vinegar.  Total cost for this project was less than a few dollars, but time spent was priceless.

Volcano's re-erupting volcano erupting

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