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Classic Play + Sprout by HP = Summer of Fun!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

love this modern twist on the classic scavenger hunt game

This post is sponsored by Sprout® by HP

We have just a few weeks left of the school year and the kids are already amped. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to figure out what we’re going to do all summer. We aren’t ones for camps (they’re so pricey!) or pool memberships (I’m too impatient for the waiting lists, also, I have a fair amount of sun damage already eek!), which leaves us with lots of hours of… oh boy.

Over the years, we’ve tried a lot of different things. While I’m a huge fan of ‘slow summers’ I’m also a fan of setting up some fun things now and then. Basically, guided experiences. I set something up and let the kids take the reigns from there. It gives them a sense of independence, and I get the feeling that I’m kickin’ butt in the parenting department. Also, I like knowing that when they bring me up in therapy later, they’ll discuss how I was an amazing parent that damaged them just enough to make them interesting, but not enough to be the source of all their problems. I’m trying to nail that parenting sweet spot.

My goal for this summer is to encourage creativity and frivolity, both the kids’ and my own. I have lots of plans for guided creative experiences—journaling, building, drawing, games, etc. There are so many ways to express creativity. Oftentimes, it comes down to the tools we use. This summer, I am beyond psyched to use the Sprout® by HP. The kids have already claimed it as their own. It makes creative expression easy.

the sprout by hp

Since I’ve declared this the summer of Creative Expression, we’re kicking it off with a scavenger hunt that combines a creative exercise for me (a bit o’ painting), a creative exercise for the kids (tuning into their environment), an easy set up, and an activity that gets the kids out of the house (and yes, out of my hair for a minute). It’s a win-win-win! And the Sprout will make easy, and fun work of it. Ready?

Painted Block Scavenger Hunt

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Camp Classic Play | Butterfly Container Garden

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish is the official snack of Camp Classic Play. Check out all of their delicious varieties, including new French Toast Goldfish Grahams and S’mores Goldfish Grahams—perfect treats for summer camp-outs. Visit GoldfishSmiles.com for more ideas on creating family smiles all season long.

Butterfly Container Garden Camp Classic Play Project

Ready to earn the final Camp Classic Play Badge? Let’s make a container garden. While you can plant anything you like, we chose flowers that would attract butterflies. Look for brightly colored flowers with cup or cone shaped petals from which butterflies can use their long tongues to drink. Did you know that some butterflies tongues are as long as their bodies? If you’re not sure what plants are best for butterflies in your area, ask at your local nursery. They’ll love to help you!

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Camp Classic Play | Finish Line

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish is the official snack of Camp Classic Play. Check out all of their delicious varieties, including new French Toast Goldfish Grahams and S’mores Goldfish Grahams—perfect treats for summer camp-outs. Visit GoldfishSmiles.com for more ideas on creating family smiles all season long.

camp classic play - make your own finish line

It’s time to earn the Games and Athletics badge! When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the finish line tape at track and field races. I loved the idea of breaking through it. So today, we’re making a finish line for our own camp races. It’s one of those little touches that, well at least for me, makes an event even more memorable and fun.

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Camp Classic Play | Oven Roasted Smores

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish is the official snack of Camp Classic Play. Check out all of their delicious varieties, including new French Toast Goldfish Grahams and S’mores Goldfish Grahams—perfect treats for summer camp-outs. Visit GoldfishSmiles.com for more ideas on creating family smiles all season long.

make smores in the oven

For me, camp = roasty, toasty, ooey, gooey s’mores. They are one of my all-time favorite treats. My kids go nuts for them too. We don’t have a real camp fire here at the house, but we didn’t let a little thing like that stop us. P’shaw. Instead, we turned to the oven. Here’s how your kids can make s’mores at home too…

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Camp Classic Play | Mini Campfires and Marshmallow Roasters

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish is the official snack of Camp Classic Play. Check out all of their delicious varieties, including new French Toast Goldfish Grahams and S’mores Goldfish Grahams—perfect treats for summer camp-outs. Visit GoldfishSmiles.com for more ideas on creating family smiles all season long.

how to make mini campfires for pretend play

It’s not always possible to have a real campfire, like, for example, when you’re pretending to campout in your living room. But get this, you can make those pretend camp out sessions much more authentic if you make your very own mini campfire. You can then take it anywhere with you. And I mean anywhere. Campfire in the bedroom? Check. Campfire outside on the sidewalk? Check. Campfire on the deck? You know it!

For today’s craft I’m sharing with you how to make your very own little fire and as an extra bonus, I’ll tell you how you can make a marshmallow on a stick (look-alike) too! (more…)

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Camp Classic Play | Hummingbird Feeder

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish is the official snack of Camp Classic Play. Check out all of their delicious varieties, including new French Toast Goldfish Grahams and S’mores Goldfish Grahams—perfect treats for summer camp-outs. Visit GoldfishSmiles.com for more ideas on creating family smiles all season long.

How to make a hummingbird feeder

It is always exciting when a hummingbird visits your garden, their wings beating so fast they are simply a blur. And just as quickly as these tiny birds arrive, they are off in search of more nectar. But there is one way to ensure you get plenty of hummingbird sightings in your yard: by making them their very own feeder.
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Welcome to Camp Classic Play 2013

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Certificates to participate in Camp Classic Play 2013

Hello and welcome to Camp Classic Play 2013. We’re excited to have you here. This year, we’ve developed projects in 5 key areas:

Science + Nature
Games + Athletics
Gardening
Arts + Crafts
Cooking

Each area has multiple ways to earn badges*. Earn a badge in all 5 areas and you’ll successfully complete Camp Classic Play. We even have a cool certificate for you to help you show off all the badges you earn. Place it on a fridge, show it to your friends.

Want to show other campers what activities you’ve completed? Use #campclassicplay on instagram, twitter or facebook. We’ll use it to!

Click here to download the certificate and badges.

*This year we asked our friend, illustrator Joyce Hesselberth, to design the camp badges. You may know her work from the New York Times and the popular (and super adorable) app PrestoBingo Shapes—now with updated illustrations!

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Announcing Camp Classic Play 2013!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Camp Classic Play

Pucker up those lips and belt out the reveille! Camp Classic Play opens for campers July 9th. Starting Monday, we’re bringing in some of our favorite bloggers for an entire week of activities.

And this year, we’ve made the experience more interactive with a downloadable certificate and badges. Kids can earn badges in the following areas: Science + Nature, Athletics and Games, Gardening, Arts + Crafts and Cooking. Oh and did we mention the badges are designed by Joyce Hesselberth? That’s right, the amazing illustrator behind PrestoBingo Shapes!

So mark those calendars, brush up on your kumbaya, and get ready. Camp Classic Play is gonna rock!

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