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Camp

It’s not too surprising that one of our grandchildren actually thinks our name is Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy. The time we spend together in Camp is priceless and really helps to define our relationship. Themed days help us to focus, and really make the day fun.

Tips and Tricks

Countdown to Camp #1 – ONE MORE DAY!

I hate Sunflower Seeds. There is very little my grandchildren can do that I would not think was cute, adorable or otherwise prove that they are the most intelligent, curious, … Read More »

Countdown to Camp #1 – Seven Days and Counting

I needed 180 newspaper logs for Camp . My hands are now full of newsprint, but I learned about Guzzles, Prince Valiant and Chocolate Egg Cream.

Countdown to Camp #1 – Eight Days and Counting

Grampy and I are getting ready for the first of three camps for this year . We have to be organized as we are “taking it on the road” this year!

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What will we do today?

My Extraordinary Storybook Life

It has been a rather extra-ordinary year. Here’s the story. Mr. H. and I decided that it was time to down-size and move closer to our family and friends in … Read More »

Canvas Wrapped Print for about $1.00

Expensive if I had sent each picture out to be canvas wrapped, when I can do this for $1.00 a print….why not?

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 »

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Ancient Egypt Day

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

After mummifying the chicken pharaoh, King Cluck, we made a sarcophagus and buried him in the garden. Click for the whole story of King Cluck.

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

Senet is one of the oldest games in the world. It was played by Ancient Egyptians and is still played today. It’s a little like backgammon.

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Architect Day

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

If you only do one thing on Architect Day, make a Geodesic Dome!!

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

There is no reason to wait until next year to make a patriotic story cube. Right?

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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 »

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

Grant Wood imagined the people who lived in this farm house. Kids have great imaginations, so this is a great project for them.

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

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Girls Camp – Button Day

I have a big button. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Have your little chuckle.
I’ve had this big button for several years (seriously, quick snickering).

How to Make a Little Bitty Button Book

Oh, this cute little button book is exactly the size to tuck into a wee little pocket. Now, I just need to find some tiny little crayons….

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Candy Corn Day

Candy Corn Day

Candy Corn Recipe, Candy Corn Coloring Pages, Candy Corn Coloring Book, Candy Corn Coloring Sheets, Halloween Candy Coloring

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Circus Day

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

Ladies and Gentlemen. Boys and Girls. Children of all Ages. Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth!

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Crafts and other Art Projects

Canvas Wrapped Print for about $1.00

Expensive if I had sent each picture out to be canvas wrapped, when I can do this for $1.00 a print….why not?

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

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … Twelve Drums of Yummies

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Dinosaur Day

Fossil Day – Recipe – Dinosaur Eggs

The children and I made Dinosaur Eggs for Fossil Day. They were very impressive and the boys were thrilled at the results.

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Domino Day

CGGC (9YO) – Domino Day – Domino Art

We had an entire day of domino activities with the boys. One of our favorites was the Domino Art. The finished project was amazing,

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

Duct Tape Flowers

This is such an easy and uncomplicated project everyone will want to make one. You only need a pencil and duct tape. Really. That’s it.

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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"

Activities you can do with kids for earth day, environment day or recycle day. Visit a recycle ctr, recycle objects and learn why it’s important.

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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

The children and I made Dinosaur Eggs for Fossil Day. They were very impressive and the boys were thrilled at the results.

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French Day

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – French Market Bag

You don’t need to be celebrating French Day to make this purse, but I have to say, a purse with a pink poodle is always a treat.

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Friendship Day

Recipe: Rujak – Sumatran Pungent Fruit Salad

A mix of papaya, mango, pineapple, apple & jicama with a sweet & hot dressing. Surprisingly refreshing and very, very tasty. You need to try it.

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

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

Greek Mythology can be found in the night sky, architecture and even tourist areas. That’s great, since we didn’t have tons of time!

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Horse Day

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

Introduce kids to the wonder of horses by letting them get down and dirty in a horse barn.

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Labyrinths

I’m Not Amazed (Making Labyrinths)

All you need is sidewalk chalk or sidewalk paint and an empty driveway. Labyrinths are pretty easy to make & lots of fun for kids (and adults).

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Magic Day

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

One of the many wonderful things about kids is their absolute commitment to all things magic.

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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

Recipe: Candy Buttons (Candy Dots)

You won’t have to search for the iconic Candy Dots any more. You can make your own in any flavor or color. School colors? No problem.

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

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

I may have planned an Olympics Day for the boys, but sometimes it’s better to go with the flow. Memories are made from days like this.

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Orienteering Day

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Day 2 – Orienteering Day

Orienteering is lots of und, but it is NOT a walk int eh park….well, it really IS a walk in the park, but you know what I neat,,,

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Owl Day

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Girls Camp – Owl Day

Sock owls, Owl cinnamon buns, Owl scavenger hunts,

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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

An entire day of Enya, Smoothies, Yoga and positive thoughts. Oh, did I mention manicures?

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Sportsmanship Day

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Lambeau Field

A visit to Lambeau Field with our six grand-sons was the highlight of Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy

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Teaching a Child to Sew

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

There is nothing more frustrating that beginning a project without all the tools. Here is a handy list of things to include in a sewing basket.

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

Some simple methods for teaching a child to sew. A combination of tips from the pros with some hands on experience by Grandma.

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Weather Day

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

Weather Day quickly becomes a day in the sun. That sounds about right.

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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