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  SUMMER CAMP ARTS & CRAFTS
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable.

It is here that you will find ideas, activities, crafts and coloring pages that you can have fun with while at camp. Learn how to make cool crafts using recycled materials, create critters from natural objects, make beads, mix up cave paint and much more! Ready? Great! Let's Go...

ACORN MOBILE K-8
Kids can make this fun decoration for their camp cabin, or as a souvenir to take home after camp. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]


BIRDHOUSE
A lovely one-season birdhouse made from recycled household materials.
(Section: Recycling)

BIRD BINOCULARS
Teach your students how to look for birds with their own crafty binoculars made of toilet paper rolls. From Jackie C.
(Section: Crafts)

CAMP BANNER K-5
Kids can make a cool banner to decorate their camp mess hall or cabin. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CLAY SAND CASTLES
Children will develop their sculpture techniques and creativity by molding and decorating their own clay sand castles. From Christina Eosco.
(Section: Sculpture)

FIREFLIES IN A JAR
Students can make a picture of fireflies in a jar using construction paper and glow-in-the-dark paper. From Mary Beth Knippel.
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

FLOWER PEN
Dress up your pens with plastic flowers. From Raelle.
(Section: Crafts)

FRIENDSHIP PINS
Here is a craft kids can make at summer camp. From Maria Lillard.
(Section: Crafts)

GARDEN JOURNALS
Garden journals are a wonderful way for kids K-3 to learn about and share in the excitement of gardens. This lesson incorporates Art, Reading, Writing and Science.
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

GROCERY BAG KITES
Make a kite using paper grocery bags and paint.
(Section: Crafts)

HANDMADE PAPER
Learn how to make paper using recycled materials. From Eva D'Amico.
(Section: Recycling)

KINDERART KITCHEN
Here you can find recipes of all kinds including snacks to make and art supplies to play with.

MAGIC WANDS AND WAND HOLDERS
Make magic wands using wood dowels, paint and found objects.
(Section: Sculpture)

MUD PUDDLES AND BUBBLES
This is a list including a variety of ideas from barefoot mud prints to bubble blowing fun. From Robin Landals.
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

MULTICULTURAL ART
A world of ideas for summer camp can be found in this section of KinderArt.com.

PAINTED SHOES
Canadian artist Teodoro Dragonieri paints, collages and reconstructs old shoes to represent great artists of the 20th century. Its a great idea, one that is fun to try for both kids and adults.
(Section: Painting)

PET ROCK NECKLACE K-5
Turn your pet rock into a necklace! Find inspiration here. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PINE CONE OWLS K-8
You can make a owl using a pine cone and some acorn tops. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

POETRY PEBBLES
Students will use small rocks, stones and pebbles to create words with which to write poetry.
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

RAINBOW DREAM CATCHER K-8
Kids can make this dream catcher with plenty of different colors to give it a fabulous rainbow feel. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

ROCK AND WIRE MOBILE
The intent of this project is to solve the problem: "How do I get this thing to stand and be balanced, not fall over, and look well designed?" Have fun with rocks and wire! From -- variety Anitra Redlefsen.
(Section: Sculpture)

ROCK BEES K-8
Kids can make these adorable bees to decorate their room, camp dresser, or mess hall table. From Amanda Formaro.[read more]

SCULPT-A-PLANET
Kids can make a planet using papier mache.
(Section: Sculpture)

TIE DYE PILLOWCASE K-8
Kids can make a cool designer pillowcase using this tie dye technique. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

TIN CAN TELEPHONE K-5
Kids can make a tin can telephone and personalize it with decorations. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

TIN PUNCHING
Making relief pictures in metal has a long history. Find some small tart tins and you have all you need to make a historic craft. From Patti Beckman.
(Section: Recycling)

TWIG NAME PLATE K-5
Let there be no confusion whose bed is who’s at camp by making a cool nameplate to hang above your bed or on the bedpost. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WATER BOTTLE FLOWERS K-8
Instead of tossing your water bottles, turn them into a work of art! From Amanda Formaro. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]



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Camper's Delight Activity Pack

Camper's Delight Activity Pack

This extensive activity pack contains only those projects proven favorites at day and overnight camps throughout the years. You get everything you need to keep a group of campers happily busy during those summer weeks, all with satisfying results they'll show off at home! Includes enough to make 24 of each: Gecko Key Rings, Coin Purses, Xtreme Bumperstickers, Tissue Butterflies,Soccer Bracelets, Fuse Bead Insects, Raffia Baskets, and Tile Coasters.


RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Camp Journal: An Activity Book, Record Keeper & Photo Album All wrapped in One
by Susan Hood, Kerren Barbas, and Heather Zschock
Get the ultimate camp journal this summer! Plenty of games to play, pages to record your special moments, and even 8 bonus postcards in the back to write home to mom and dad.

Hands on Crafts for Kids: Camp
by Kathie Stull, Julie McGuffee
Take a trip into the great outdoors - or maybe just your own backyard with Camp Hands On. Camping is a state of mind and not just a place when you craft with Hands On Crafts for Kids. Learn about nature, make new friends, or gaze at the night sky. Each chapter has 5 great craft projects on these topics and more. This full color 116 page book includes 65 projects, each with step by step instructions, supply lists and full size patterns.