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?

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?

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