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Ancient Egypt Day

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Ancient Egypt Day: King Cluck is Dead, Long Live King Cluck

In Ancient Egypt, the death of a pharaoh was accompanied by a formal announcement, “The falcon is flown to heaven and (his successor) is arisen in his place”. Our announcement … Read More »

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Ancient Egypt Day – King Cluck Update

It turns out that many of you have been eagerly awaiting news of our recently deceased, and newly mummified Pharoah.   In fact, King Cluck has become the new “Big Ball of … Read More »

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Ancient Egypt Day – How to Play the Game of Senet

My big headrted brother, Jimmy, called last night.  (I suspect he is known as Jim to everyone else, but he is still my baby brother….so Jimmy it is).   He … Read More »

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Architect Day

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Camp #1 – Architect Day

  I’m guessing that Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t play baseball. He probably didn’t golf. And I’m quite sure he didn’t play Marco Polo in the pool.  (In the interest of … Read More »

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Countdown to Camp #1 – Three and a Half Days and Counting

I have a lot of wooden cubes. Naturally I must have a project for Camp that uses my wooden cubes. How about a Magic Folding Cube? What is a Magic … Read More »

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Art Day

Fun With Food – Jello Art

I always try to have a couple of recipes for each theme at Camp.  For the middle’uns, we had two themes: Wild West and Art.   (Originally, I had a … Read More »

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American Gothic (or…Grampy and Grandmama go Goth…sort of)

American Gothic Project When you are in an airplane at night, do you sometimes look down at the lights of the towns and wonder what the people are like who … Read More »

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy (6/7 YO) – Highlights of Day 2

Day 2:  Art Day – Day 1, in case you missed it, was the day we picked up the middle’uns (Kevin, Carson and Luci).  It wasn’t a full day, but we … Read More »

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Butterfly Day

Butterfly Day: Butterfly Bubbles

When we did this activity at camp a few years ago, I needed to add food coloring to the bubbles to get colored bubbles.  And that worked just fine. At this … Read More »

Butterfly Day – Recipe – Pretzel Butterflies: Healthy Version

As a strategy, I would suggest making the Celery Butterflies before you make the Candy Butterflies.  You will have a much better response.  I promise. RECIPE:  PRETZEL BUTTERFLIES – HEALTHY … Read More »

Butterfly Day – Recipe – Pretzel Butterflies

You can eat these little butterflies just as they are, or they look pretty perched on a cupcake (even better if the cupcake is decorated with flowers).  I’m giving you … Read More »

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Button Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Girls Camp – Button Day

I have a big button. Go ahead.  I’ll wait. Have your little chuckle. Are you finished? I’ve had this big button for several years and have been hoping I would … Read More »

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How to Make a Little Bitty Button Book

It’s only four days before Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy for the boys. We have so many fun things planned for Camp, and I’m quite sure I’ll be ready when … Read More »

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Candy Corn Day

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Candy Corn Day

Sweet kernels of goodness…Sunday is National Candy Corn Day!!! Quick. Grab some corn syrup and powdered milk and get cracking. Time to make the Candy Corn!! A couple of months … Read More »

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Circus Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Camp #2 – Circus Day

On Circus Day, I would love to tell you that we made circus cupcakes, played circus games, dressed as clowns, watched Dumbo and decorated circus wagon wheels. I really would … Read More »

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Crafts and other Art Projects

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Canvas Wrapped Print for about $1.00

You don’t know it yet, but soon – very soon – you are going to jump up, click your heels and yell “Yippee”!! Yep.  Pretty sure that’s what you’re going … Read More »

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Leprechaun Doughnut Box Redux

Evidently there is a run on Leprechaun Doughnut Boxes. Over the holidays, a UK grocery chain (Sainsbury’s) asked if they could feature my Leprechaun Doughnut Boxes in their Holiday circular … Read More »

Twelve Drums of Yummies

A small pause.  Take a long breath so you can finish easily… and now for the big finish….     On the twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave … Read More »

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Dinosaur Day

Fossil Day – Recipe – Dinosaur Eggs

Oh, sure, we could have concocted a recipe for Brontosaurus Burgers, but this recipe is very colorful and really gets the kids get involved. The eggs are all nestled in … Read More »

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Domino Day

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CGGC (9YO) – Domino Day – Domino Art

Sorry I haven’t posted sooner.  I am at the Blogher Conference in San Diego and my head is just full of new ideas (and my life is now full(er) with … Read More »

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy (9YO) – Highlights of Day 3

Day 3:  Domino Day You might ask yourself, what in the heck can you do on Domino Day? To be fair, I wasn’t entirely sure myself.   I’ve never really … Read More »

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Duct Tape Day

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Duct Tape Flowers

On my 60th birthday, Grand-daughter Luci gave me a beautiful flower. Imagine my delight. And then imagine my delight when I discovered that Luci actually makes these flowers….out of (drum roll … Read More »

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Environment Day

Recycling Day

As I put this day together, I worried a bit that it might seem anti-climactic compared to cowboy day or dinosaur day.  But, the kids had a BALL .   … Read More »

Recycle Day – Some books you might enjoy

Well, to be honest, my favorite by far is The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. If you click below, I have put together everything you need for an Environment Day, so … Read More »

Recycle Day – "What a Dump"

Our activity for Recycle Day may seem a bit….bizarre, but what an impact it had on the boys. One of our favorite parts of the day was the visit to … Read More »

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Farm Day

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy (3/4YO) – Day 2 Highlights

Today was Farm Day. I don’t live on a farm. Since we happen to live in the heart of Dairyland, you would think it would not be difficult to find … Read More »

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Fossil Day

Fossil Day – Recipe – Dinosaur Eggs

Oh, sure, we could have concocted a recipe for Brontosaurus Burgers, but this recipe is very colorful and really gets the kids get involved. The eggs are all nestled in … Read More »

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French Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – French Market Bag

St. Croix is not in France. In fact, other than the name, St. Croix has very little to do with France. That’s not to say the French didn’t influence the … Read More »

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Friendship Day

Recipe: Rujak – Sumatran Pungent Fruit Salad

On the first Sunday in August, many countries celebrate World Friendship Day.  Unfortunately, here in the U.S., this celebration has largely been forgotten.  Okay, okay, I get it.  Just another … Read More »

Recipe: Charlie's Churrasco Chicken (Brazilian Churrasco de Frango)

At Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy a couple of years ago, one of our themes for the week was Friendship Day (in fact, it really WAS Friendship Day).   I … Read More »

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Greek Mythology Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Camp #1 – Greek Mythology Day

Ben had asked that one of our days’ themes be Greek Mythology. I had begun my experience with Greek Myths three years ago with the epic retelling of the Odd … Read More »

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Horse Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Camp #2 – Horse Day

Our wonderful daughter-in-law, Mary, does not care for horses. By this I mean that she is scared to death of horses. Specifically, because she was bit by a horse, she … Read More »

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Labyrinths

I’m Not Amazed (Making Labyrinths)

Every year, before Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy, I paint a labyrinth on the driveway at the entrance to the door. This is the maze from Camp in 2006. Our … Read More »

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Magic Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Camp #2 – Magic Day

Children have a deep and abiding commitment to certain things…   AND …. (I probably should have found a way for some Magic Kits to mysteriously appear at this point, … Read More »

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Marble Day

Marble Day – Marble Maze(s)

The Marble Maze the kids made for Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy was a HUGE success.   All we needed was Foam Board, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, duct … Read More »

Marble Day – A Happy History

This marble was very special.  After we had Marble Day at camp for the middle’uns (the 5/6 year olds), we happened to be at an art fair with Kevin and … Read More »

Marble Day – Marble Terminology

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Movie Night

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Recipe: Candy Buttons (Candy Dots)

Remember the strips of colored candy dots on paper? You would strip the candy off with your teeth, and end up with just a little bit of paper in your … Read More »

Recipe: Cake Pops – Popcorn Bags!

WHAT A MESS! This was supposed to be a simple little project. You know, those cute little Cake Pops you see at Starbucks? In my mind, I thought these might … Read More »

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Olympics Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Day 3 – Olympics Day or something like that….

  In my mind, the theme song for Chariots of Fire would be playing in the background while our six grand-sons competed in Olympic type activities.   They would cheer … Read More »

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Orienteering Day

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Day 2 – Orienteering Day

Years ago, I was told by my good friend, Tom, that I am forever banned from giving directions.  I have been told to say “I don’t know where it is” … Read More »

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Owl Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Girls Camp – Owl Day

When my sisters, brothers and I were little, Grandma would gather our fat little cheeks in the palms of her hands, put her forehead in the other side of her … Read More »

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Pirate Day

Pirate Day – Treasure Hunt

What kind of pirates would we be without treasure?  For the little ones (they were 3-4 years old at the time) I didn’t need to worry so much about the … Read More »

Pirate Day

One year, rather than having an individual theme for each day, we decided to have the entire week with the theme of “Pirates”. Our wonderful son-in-law designed the T-shirts (thank you again, … Read More »

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Recycle Day

Recipe: Compost Cake

I can’t think of a better recipe for Recycling Day at  Camp. I made a Compost Cake yesterday and brought it over to the neighbor’s (they had their Grandchildren up … Read More »

Recycle Day – 1st Airborne Recycling Division

As I was organizing Recycling Day, I wanted to find a way to use some of the hundreds of plastic bags I had stuffed into the sock like thing hanging … Read More »

Recycling Day

As I put this day together, I worried a bit that it might seem anti-climactic compared to cowboy day or dinosaur day.  But, the kids had a BALL .   … Read More »

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Spa Day

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Spaaaaaa Day

Namaste.   I will Breathe, Breathe, Breathe (and try not to giggle). I have the power to change my world (by planking….). I choose to consciously surround myself with positive … Read More »

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Sportsmanship Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Lambeau Field

After a week of silliness, craftiness, ivory-soap-ishness, foolishness, shrewdness, orienteering-ness, craziness, cleverness, non-olympic-ness, ingeniousness, inventiveness, sport-iness, wittiness and can’t-stay-out-of-the-water-ness …. the BIG day had arrived. The sun was shining and … Read More »

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Teaching a Child to Sew

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Teaching a child to sew – A Grandmother’s Tale – Part 2 (Organizing a Sewing Kit)

I love to plan, I love new things and I love organizing so it has been fun organizing a Sewing Kit for Luci.   I may not “love” to sew, … Read More »

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Teaching a child to sew – A Grandmother’s Tale – Part 1

Several years ago, I promised grand-daughter Luci that I would buy her a sewing machine and teach her to sew … when I retired. It’s hard to imagine what was … Read More »

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Weather Day

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Camp #3 – Weather Day

Weather Day, as a theme, has appeared in various forms over the 10 years of Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy. When weather turns ugly, it’s always good to have a … Read More »

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Wild West Day

Yes, we have no bandanas!!

Dear Martha: I know you haven’t heard from me for awhile.  I am sure you are desolate. Don’t worry, I still get your magazines, and I still look at each … Read More »

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Wild West Day – Get a Horse

Let’s say you’ve decided to have Wild West Day. But you don’t have a horse. Crisis. Now, I LOVE horses.  I would love, love, love to have a horse. When … Read More »

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy (6/7 YO) – Wild West Day

Day 3:  Wild West Day I LOVE Wild West Day.   I hope I will ALWAYS have a Wild West Day for at least one of my camps.     We … Read More »

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Zoo Day

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Girls – Zoo Day

If you have kids, or grand-kids, or are around kids or ARE a kid, you have heard of Kidz Bop. To be clear, Kidz Bop has nothing to do with … Read More »

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Day 5 – The Zoo

On Day 5 of Camp for the boys, we felt a need to “Take it Easy” and let the day unfold without a plan. Just relax, Jack. Hang out, Sprout. … Read More »

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy (3/4 YO) – Day 1 Highlights

Dawn was just breaking at the lake. All the little campers were still asleep. Very tired from Day One activities. Oh, I had plans, activities, crafts, recipes.   Mostly….I had … Read More »

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