Camp Mom Day 2:  The Wettest Water Day Ever

Camp Mom Day 2: The Wettest Water Day Ever

To learn more about Camp Mom, click here. For Day 2 of Camp Mom, we put the kids in swimsuits and decided to get wet, wet, wet.  We started the day out making sponge balls.  They look complicated but they are SO easy.  Basically, buy a jumbo-sized economy pack of sponges and cut them into strips.  Have the kids take 6-8 strips and pile them into a stack.  Then tie them up with dental floss.  Once they are tied, have the kids dunk them into pools or a bowl of water and throw them.  We had some throwing at each other (shocking when we have 4 boys) but they are actually remarkably soft.  The kids loved them.   Next, we went into the front yard where my brother had built a tin-foil boat track.  It went down the hill and the kids floated colored boats down the track.  The boats were made by filling a muffin tin with water and adding a few drops of food coloring to each muffin tin.  Later, when the ice was slushy, we added straws with construction paper sails.  As the boats sailed down the river, they melted and turned the water colors. Next, we used the same ramp to float water beads down.  This was a HUGE hit as the beats trickled down like schools of fish.  The kids loved this and played with the beads for hours. Next up was snack time.  We laid out beach towels on the lawn and gave the kids tropical smoothies (kale, coconut milk, frozen tropical fruit) complete with tiny umbrellas. Next up was our arctic animal...

Camp Mom Day 1: The Maddest Mad Science Day Ever

To learn more about Camp Mom, click here. We started the day by sending each of the kids this video. Activity #1:  Gummy Butterfly Experiement We started by doing an experiment with gummy butterflies.  We had the kids mix four solutions in plastic cups: 1 part vinegar, 1 part water 1 part salt, 1 part water 1 part baking soda, 1 part water just water. From there, the kids used rulers to measure a gummy butterfly and record the measurement on a piece of paper (the big cousins helped the littles with this).  The butterflies were 2.5 cm big.  Then, they dropped the butterflies into the filled cups and wrote down which butterfly they thought would be the biggest and the smallest at the end of the day.  They set them aside for the rest of the day. Later, after the other activities, they pulled the cups out and remeasured the butterflies, talking about if their estimates were right or wrong.  Some of the butterflies (I won’t tell you which ones) were 3 cm big after and some were 1 cm big after.   Activity #2:  The Fun Fizz-Off For this activity, we used the concept of Fizzy Color Art from last year’s Pintastic Summer.We broke the kids into teams (boys against girls) and gave each team a medicine dropper, a tray of baking soda and four cups of colored vinegar.  Then we had them pass the medicine dropper one at a time for a fizz-off to see who could make the best masterpiece.  They tied.  I loved that the big kids helped the little ones so much and...
Welcome to Camp Mom

Welcome to Camp Mom

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for more summer activities like I posted last year in my Pintastic Summer Series.  And, while that was SUPERfun, it was also SUPERexhausting and I’m not sure I’m ready to do it again. But I have a new plan! After looking into summer camp for my kids and finding out that many cost around $250 per week (gulp!) my sisters and I decided to do our own camp.  Hence, the invention of “Camp Mom.” And while Camp Mom doesn’t come with a pedicure break for you (boo!), it does come with lots of family fun, bonding, learning (all at a much lower price tag!) And so, this summer, my sisters and I are going to plan several amazing, awesome and totally fun themed at-home “camp days” for all of the cousins in our family.  We’ll pick a theme.  We’ll pick an idea.  And we’ll pick loads of fun activities and then do them with our kids (ages range from 1-8).  Then we’ll snap some pictures and post them along with instructions and ideas on my blog so that you can easily plan your own Camp Mom days.  Sounds fun, right? I love the idea of having something focused, planned and specific to do during long summer days– and I love the idea of getting together with friends or family for some good old-fashioned memory making. You’re in, right?  Good, because Camp Mom starts now.  So fill your cup with a nice iced latte and get ready to learn, to laugh and to get a bit dirty. Welcome to Camp Mom! (P.S.  Please...
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