Hello, Kiwi Crate friends! My name’s Yale (not to be mistaken for the lovely Yael) and I’m thrilled to join the blogging brood here at Kiwi Crate.
Recently, I had an amazing time at a homegrown summer camp. (More on that later.) Whether your child’s at a sleepaway camp or you’re hosting a day camp of your own, camp crafts are a great way for kids to get creative. So grab some snacks (like these darling teddy bear s’mores)…
…and see our top picks on ways to while away those lazy (or crazy!) days of summer.
These DIY fish toys really rock. Just find some pebbles, driftwood, and non-toxic paint pens, and your kid will be swimming in ideas and imaginative play.
This classic camp craft is called God’s Eye (or Ojo de Dios) and is based on a Huichol Indian symbol. The four points represent fire, water, earth, and air.
Grab some circular objects (think: yogurt containers, cups, and straws), and create circle art! You can frame your kid’s print or use it as wrapping paper for a special gift. If a bunch of campers collaborate on a group project, you can even use the large-scale print as a groovy retro backdrop for a camp photo booth.
These colorful crocodiles are a cinch to put together. Bubble wrap’s never looked so cute!
Talk about a kiddie-crowd pleaser. Homemade puffy paint is a lot easier to use than those tiny bottles you find in craft stores. Quick tip: Since the project calls for microwaved flour (which can mold), make sure to eventually toss the finished painting—after taking plenty of pictures of the masterpiece, of course!
Homemade bird feeders are a fun way for your kids to keep an eye on their fine-feathered friends.
Two of my favorite neighborhood kids, “Violet” (8) and “Max” (6), recently invited me to Adventure Camp, a carnival wonderland that the kids constructed out of cardboard and anything else they could get their hands on. (One of the games involved seeing how quickly camp visitors could shove rocks and pebbles down a cardboard tube.)
The kids created their own tickets and prizes, and eagerly encouraged me to spend my “tokens.” (By the end of the afternoon, Violet even sweet-talked her way into making me an Official Employee.)
Violet and Max had never heard of the Los Angeles boy who recently made headlines for bringing a community together with his elaborate cardboard arcade. However, Adventure Camp was certainly in the spirit of Caine’s Arcade.
Although it seems like a no-brainer, a truly great summer camp activity is to give kids cardboard boxes and art supplies—and let their imaginations run wild!
What are some of your favorite summer camp crafts? Share your ideas in the comments!
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