Backyard Camping Crafts and Activities

Good morning everyone! I know I haven’t been posting as often, but I have been busy with stuff around the house. Most things have been simple projects, nothing really to blog about, but I think I will take some pictures, just to show you what I have been up to!
Today I have a special guest post for you all to enjoy! Back in February, we shared Gabrielle’s valentine printables. We have some new summer printables for you today. My family went camping a couple of weekends ago, and while I don’t have any little children, we still had fun with these!
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Summer is finally here and backyard camping is super popular. You don’t have to leave the safety of your own yard to enjoy some camping-themed fun in the sun. Of course, no “camping trip” would be complete without plenty of activities. Below, check out some printable crafts and activities to get you started. You’ll be creating summer memories before you know it!
Creative Nature Collage Critters
Use natural materials found in your backyard to make creative critters. Collect flowers, twigs, leaves, and more to design unique-looking animals. All you need is some glue and imagination! You can download these printable animal faces here.
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Campfire Story Activity
Have some laughs together by taking turns storytelling based on random story elements. All you need is a single die, the story creation sheet, and your creative mind. Each person rolls the die 5 times, circling whichever story elements correspond with the number rolled under each category. Download this printable story activity here.
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Sensory Scavenger Hunt
Discover the hidden wonders of your own backyard using your senses. Download this printable sensory scavenger hunt here.
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Constellation Connect-the-Dots
Connect the dots of some favorite constellations to prepare for stargazing. You can color in the constellations, making them as bright and elaborate as you would like. When the stars become visible at night, you can find the constellations together with your knowledge gained by drawing them. Download this connect-the-dots activity here.
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Thank you so much Gabrielle! These are so cute and fun!

 

Okay, now I will show you our versions! My girls and I each created a collage critter. We gathered our supplies from around our campsite and then started gluing our pieces on. I love how different each one was!
 Next, we did the story time activity. Um, I found out we are NOT very good story tellers! Haha! We had a story about a Ship Captain and a Vampire struggling to rule the kingdom in the middle of the dessert, a Witch and a Detective battling to save the world, and lastly, a Werewolf and a Detective in an adventure to solve a mystery on the ocean!
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Lastly, we did the scavenger hunt. We divided into two teams and set a timer for 5 minutes. We tried to find each thing on the list and take a picture of it. We got one point for each item, but if we had the same answer, neither one got a point. It was interesting to see what we each came up with for our answers!
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Can you guess which category each of these pictures went with? Scan over each picture to see the answer!
 This was so much fun to do together as a family! Thank you again Gabrielle for sharing these activities with all of us!
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Fun Christmas Activity for Kids

Good morning!  How has everyone’s week been?  I am so happy that today is Friday.  Not because it’s been a really long week, but it’s the weekend and I have a lot of fun stuff planned.  So I cannot wait for Friday to be over!

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Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

We are continuing on the 12 days of Christmas with a fun Kids Activity!  Or, a fun day for kids, whichever you prefer.  We decided to go with an afternoon of fun for the kids and Oriental Trading Company has helped us tremendously with this!  They were gracious enough to give us some of the supplies needed to complete our fun afternoon!

Christmas Centerpiece

My inspiration was a fun little girl Paris party.  We wanted to have some Eiffel Towers and lots of pink!  Of course this is my kind of party!  We wanted white, Eiffel Towers, pink, silver, gold, snacks, and a fun activity.  Thankfully, Oriental Trading was able to help us out with some of these things.

Paris Kids Table

So we started our afternoon by setting the table.  We had a beautiful faux fur table runner (I’ll just say that mom and I have really enjoyed petting it, it’s SOOO SOFT) and we used it as a faux snow for our centerpiece.  We had some white houses that we used to decorate last year and some Eiffel Towers that I have as decoration around my apartment.  And of course to make it Christmassy we added some cute sisal trees.  Honestly, how cute is it?

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Since this is a kids party, we knew we had to have some fun activities.  We found these coloring page placemats on Oriental’s website and knew that these would be perfect for our party.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have any kids who were there while setting up for our party, so mom and I got to color the placemats.  And Munchy helped!

 

Since every good party needs some snacks, we thought the coolest thing would to have a cupcake decorating station.  So we have some cupcakes that we decorated with pink and green sprinkles from Oriental Trading.  Who knew you could buy a whole pound of sprinkles from Oriental Trading?  We also got these cute cupcake carriers from Oriental Trading.  There are so many different designs of cupcake carriers so you can pick your favorites.  Of course, I picked the pink chevron design!  The carriers fit two cupcakes or a lot of cookies if you wanted.

 

The other fun activity we picked out for kids was making an ornament.  We found all of the items needed on Oriental Trading’s website.  We found these cute open face clear ornaments and I knew what I wanted.  I found fake snow, cute deer ornaments, and some tiny sisal trees.  Now, some of the deer were too big for the ornaments but the little fawns were perfect size.  So with a little hot glue, we were able to glue the deer and the trees into the ornaments before pouring the fake snow in the bottom.  How cute are they!  And even though the ornaments may require a little adult supervision but they would be cute gifts to take home.

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And that’s it!  This is totally my kind of party.  How fun would this be for kids, or adults?  We had so much fun making everything for this party and we can’t wait to actually have a party with our nieces!  So thank you to Oriental Trading for helping us set up our Kid’s Activity Party.  And thank you for stopping by!  See you on Monday!

Don’t forget to check out the other kids activities in the inlinkz party! And enter the giveaway below!

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MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

12 Days of Holiday Ideas Event Sponsors 2019

Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of seven winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 

Must be 18 to win. Open to U.S. residents only.

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How to Survive Christmas: 101

Good morning!  How strange to be posting on a Wednesday! We haven’t posted on Wednesdays for a while now but here we go! Remember to head over to the original 12 Days of Christmas post here to look at all the other hosts and their ideas, to print out calendars and to enter the giveaway! Also, there is an inlinkz at the bottom of the post where you can add your ideas of how to survive the holidays!

Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.  This is day 2 of 12 and we are talking about the best tips on Surviving Christmas!  Christmas is one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year and this year will be no different.  While everyone is trying to complete their Christmas list (for themselves and shopping for others), here is a short list of things you can do to make your Christmas go smoothly.

Order All of Your Gifts Early and Keep a Checklist

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I think this is probably the biggest thing to help keep you sanity during Christmas.  I like to write down everything that I want to get for people and mark it off when I have received the item.  So for my checklist this year, I wrote down my sister, my mom, my dad, my Secret Santa for work, and my cats (you can’t forget them).  Under each person I put what I am planning on getting them and put a check mark next to it when I have purchased the item.  If you have a price limit for the gift, I like to write the price next to their name so I don’t overspend.  And don’t forget to order way ahead of time!  If you are planning on getting gifts from websites like Amazon, make sure you order them early so they have time to arrive.  You would hate to order a very important Christmas gift a week before Christmas and it not arrive on time!

Set Up a Time to Wrap All of the Presents

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This is something that my mom does every year.  Once she has collected all of the gifts, she finds a day where she isn’t doing too much and wraps ALL of them.  When my sister and I lived at home, mom would lock herself in her bedroom to wrap all of the presents.  But make sure you have all of the things you would need to wrap.  Paper, tape, ribbon, scissors, tags, boxes, bags, and tissue paper.  Make sure you have all of your stuff so you don’t have to keep leaving the room.   Make sure you have some water and a possible snack and some good music to listen to!

Make a Checklist of Christmas Activities You Want to Do

More checklists!  Personally, I love making checklists or to do lists so this is definitely something I do.  Your checklist can be as big or small as you would like.  You can add things like visit a nativity, bake cookies, watch a Christmas movie, go caroling, and many many more.  You can add as many or as few things as you would like to your list.  This year, my Christmas list actually looks like a Christmas tree coloring page.  All of the things I want to are ornaments on the tree and I get to color one in when I’ve completed it.  And guess what?  You can use it too!  I placed it below so you can print out your own Christmas Tree Checklist!

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Christmas To Do Coloring Page

Pick One or Two Days to Stay Home

With all of the craziness of the Christmas season, it is easy to get stressed out from going places and doing things.  Take some time for yourself and stay home.  Plan a day to stay home and bake Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, read Christmas stories, stay in Christmas pajamas all day, drink hot cocoa, among other things.  You don’t always have to be crazy busy.  Make sure you take time for yourself and relax for a day.

If You are Hosting, Enlist Help

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During the crazy Christmas season we are always attending parties.  If it’s just hosting Christmas at your house or hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange, it can still take a lot of work.  And it’s tiring to do it all yourself.  Don’t forget to enlist the help of others to prepare for your party.  Have your family help you clean (even if that means getting the kids to just tidy up their toys), ask some friends or family who are attending if they would be willing to help you prep, and asking others to help supply food.  For our families Christmas, we separate the food duties out between all of the families attending.  It makes life just a little easier when it comes to the actual day of the party.  That it one less thing you have to worry about the day of the party.  It makes the day less stressful and the party easier to enjoy!

Buy Wrapping Paper WAY Ahead of Time

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Something my mom and I do is we actually buy wrapping paper AFTER Christmas.  This is the perfect time get huge discounts on wrapping paper and other supplies for your Christmas presents.  Ribbon, bows, paper, boxes, bags, you name it you can get it discounted.  Now, I know it’s too late now, but I highly recommend buying your wrapping paper sooner rather than later.  The sooner that you have your wrapping paper, the sooner you will feel less stressed.

And that’s it!  These are just a couple ideas on how you survive the Christmas holiday season.  There are more things you can do to help make the season less stressful.  But these are my top things to help keep my sanity.  So I hope you enjoy and let me know if you are going to try any of these this season!

Here’s the inlinkz! See what the other ideas there are for surviving the holidays!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sparkle

MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

12 Days of Holiday Ideas Event Sponsors 2019

Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of seven winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 

Must be 18 to win. Open to U.S. residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway