Wednesday WoW- Secrets to a successful summer camp at home Part 2

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So here’s how to host your Own Summer Camp at home. It’s easier than you think. Just think, what would you most like you children to get out of summer camp – reading practice, self-confidence, social skills, a new skill?  This alternative experience at home will require you to do quite a lot of planning:  activities, materials for crafts and games, snacks and meals, etc, but you’ll save so much money if you have more than 2 kids at home as I do. 

That's my 2 year old Tehun at Reedy Creek Nature Center.

That’s my 2 year old Tehun at Reedy Creek Nature Center.

 

Create a Schedule
Depending on you and your family’s personality, this can be as structured or as flexible as you choose.

The more campers you recruit, outside of your home the more free days you’ll have, but you also need to consider how many kids you can handle. Let’s say you ran camp for a week, with five parents taking one day each.The sky is the limit think of savings on childcare!

Research Activities Think fun, educational and affordable-  they are out there, just look for them.

Gather Materials
• This is where it could get costly so think Dollar Store or thrift store. Start by looking around the house for materials that you can use. Create a list of supplies that you might need and begin to collect them now. You maybe able to borrow from the library or friends.
• Keep your materials in one convenient location that you can pull out for camp and put away when camp is done. Designate a tub or rolling cart for summer camp.

Now go! The kids are waiting! Pack their lunch before you head out. Use gas station rewards for gas, ensure that your emergency kit is well stock and have at it.
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summer

  1. Cover your sidewalk with chalk art.
  2. Sell lemonade from your homemade lemonade stand.
  3. Make jewelry out of noodles.
  4. Finger paint with fruit, oatmeal and water
  5. Acquire articles of clothing and accessories to fill a costume box.
  6. Plant a garden.
  7. Go to museum free days.
  8.  Do a physical activity (can be individual or do it as a group – ride bikes or scooters, play tag, go for a walk, play at the playground, jump rope, shoot hoops)
  9. Hike with your family.
  10. Visit the parks.
  11. Learn a new word a day.
  12. Create a scavenger hunt.
  13. Make and cook in a solar oven.
  14. Visit a nursing home.
  15. Mow lawns (neighbors or your own – for free or a fee).
  16. Wash cars (see 18).
  17. Make and blow bubbles.
  18. Play in the mud.
  19. Make a pair of flip flops
  20. Publish a book.
  21. Visit libraries. They have free programs for kids.
  22. Go to free concerts.
  23. Make ice cream or bread.
  24. Go jump and play all day at Monkey Joes! (My children LOVES that place!)
  25. Give yourselves homemade fruit/ veggie based facials.
  26. Go to free movie screenings.(use that link, I know this business personally.)
  27. Visit your local farmers’ market.
  28. Swim in your public pool.
  29. Make sand castles at the beach.
  30. Plant a garden.
  31. Write, direct and perform a play in your living room.
  32. Learn to properly put air in your tires and other basic car routines.
  33. Learn to sew
  34. Make a pretend grocery store.
  35. Buy electronics at yard sales and then take them apart
  36. Make something and then sell it.
  37. Organize a block party and meet your neighbors.
  38. Teach your kids cursive
  39. Watch free rehearsals of your local orchestra.
  40. Learn how to paint, hammer a nail. Sure you may not want to later, but it’s good to how how it’s done.
  41. Attend a Home Depot free kids workshops.
  42. Go to and/or organize a swap.
  43. Learn how to do your own hair.
  44. Take advantage of free bowling for kids.
  45. Plan a family fun night.
  46. Make a video of your kids interviewing you about your life.
  47. Plant a tree that you will take an annual family picture in front of.
  48. Learn to say “thank you” in at least 10 languages
  49. Visit the oldest house in your town.
  50. Go outdoors and play street games from way back when, etc, hopscotch, double dutch, ect.
  51. Host a slumber party.
  52. Visit your chamber of commerce.
  53. Learn how to make a simple tent, then go camping
  54. Tour a factory.
  55. Visit an artist studio.
  56. Watch a tree specialist cut down a tree.
  57. Volunteer at a local non profit center.
  58. Create a pretend budget and try to stay in it using an allotted smarties.
  59. Get a large cardboard box from an appliance store and let your imagination run wild.
  60. Learn about another culture.
  61. Go star gazing.
  62. Make compost and use it in your garden.
  63. Have a tea party, dress up.
  64. Make scrapbook pages for each year or decade of your life.
  65. Write to your favorite hero and thank them.
  66. Have a cooking class with the children.
  67. Make cookies and take them to your local fire fighters or nursing home.
  68. Make and fly a kite.
  69. Take a picture each day and make a summer photo album. If the children are old enough, have them write about what happened that day.
  70. Go to a movie in the park or your back yard.

One of my friends said:   

Our days are slightly different but same idea: Music Monday (music learning & appreciation), Tell-Tales Tuesday (literary activity), Who-What-When-Where-Why-How Wednesday (science & discovery – like your wonder list research day), Thankful Thursday (where we do intentional acts of service), & Fun Time Friday (adventures & outings w/ family & friends) I’ve also heard of & like the idea of “Friends-day Wednesday!” cuz it rhymes!

Now, if you feel like taking on a larger project, try these tips. It tells you how to run a community camp and how to attract sponsors.  

Do you have some favorite activities you would like to add?

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Earth Day 2013:Seeing more!

Saturday was Earth Day! I got up as usual, but instead of the normal going and being busy, I chose to see things differently. Since we took advantage of a gardening class at Home Depot, I figured it was enough acknowledgement for Earth Day.DIGITAL CAMERA

I figured I would surly take a mental break. To my surprise, Charlotte NC is loaded with amazing people, doing amazing things on this Earth. I was able to catch some on camera.

DIGITAL CAMERAClean up was going on on West Blvd. It’s by far one of the roughest streets in the Queen City, but it got done by volunteers!I was happy to see that someone cared enough to be there

DIGITAL CAMERAAs we continued, we got down town. There were so many protesters there. Everyone has a mind and boy were they there sharing them. I seen everything from population control via food poisoning to gay rights protested.

DIGITAL CAMERAFinally we arrived at the Westin hotel, downtown Charlotte. Can you believe this lady had two tiny puppies inside that stroller? Oh my! The bell hop said, “Hi tiny friends!” The dog owners smiled from ear to ear.

DIGITAL CAMERAThis was my lunch. I needed all the energy I could find. I didn’t even have a clue as to how busy the next couple of days would be for us. I picked this up from the Healthly Home Market  on East Blvd. It was really weird eating an entire meal with anyone asking, pulling on, yelling at, or touching me….Oh yes, there is a GOD!……and he loves me! 🙂 DIGITAL CAMERAOk, so I was staring-sue me. But this lady caught my attention. Sure, it was none of my business but obviously she had surgery to  lose ALOT of weight. Her body had collection points where the weight sat at. It almost looked like her body was a collection of balloons made with sand. Bless her heart for trying to get her health together.DIGITAL CAMERACan you read this graffiti? I won’t tell you what it said, But I was surprised to see it on Freedom Drive.DIGITAL CAMERASo why did I observe these odd things? It’s because of those papers up there? All types of sales advertisements for legal help. We got hit the other day in the mini van. We were on our way to our weekly Cooking With Kids Class when this lady hit us. We, 6 of the kids & myself are healing, but we are happy to still be walking this Earth and being able to see things differently than before. Life, and Earth is amazing! I’m so happy that we are able to see more of it.How was your Earth day?ed

Wednesday Wow: Happy,Happy, Joy,Joy!

Wake up Nature, it’s Spring time! I LOVE Spring! I do! It’s so (deep breath here…..) Renewing! It’s like a button in my mind and body that has been reset. Who doesn’t love  SPRING ??

Now just in case you said “I don’t,” let me sell it a bit more. See

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in spring, the trees share bright, new leaves on their delicate branches. The fields grow nutritious goodies and the entire nature says hello by  blooming!  Yes, even the grass kiddos!

Twitter has nothing over the songs the birds will tweet in the trees and bushes, ” joyfully announces: “Spring is here!

I was pregnant with Amen in this picture.

I was pregnant with Amen in this picture.

Ooh the pleasant, cool breeze brings the soft and sweet aroma of fresh outdoor fun with the children. Yes moms, it time to hide the handhelds and get outdoors! What better time to: 

  • Have a lemonade stand (Alex’s charity is good but make it more meaningful. After the sales, treat them & let them buy/make gifts to deliver to the hospital or senior living center.)
  • Enjoy a picnic (a great way to get kids excited about family time!)
  • Play in nature -garden, hike, etc.
  • Buy winter and fall clothes ( As stores make way for their summer clothing, winter clothes can be discounted more than 50%. )
  • Fly a Kite! Here’s a video- or go to this page for directions. It’s easy & I promise that you won’t break a nail.

Ready or not Spring is here! Are you sold on it yet?  I know you are.

Great things Always happen in Spring!

A few girl friends & I will build a seating area like this using wood pallets.

A few girl friends & I will build a seating area like this using wood pallets.

Noah doesn't like the camera.

This was taken at the RunWay For Fashion show at NC Dance Theater. It was Amazing!

Wednesday Wow:100 Days of Real Food

This Thursday Night in the Queen City will be TOTALLY AMAZING!  October alone is a great month in itself, but tomorrow is National Food Day, wow………it has taken my dear October to a whole ‘nother level! I’ll have to pick up my  massive sweep through at Earthfare later. Please tell me you’re signed up for their coupons? This week, they went crazy with their giveAways! I’ll list later in this blog.

Last week, we attended the 1st ever Fresh Expo, now Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension is bringing Lisa Leake from 100DaysofRealFood.com will share her experience in transitioning her family’s diet from processed to a healthy, unprocessed lifestyle.

They had research to indicate parents’ influence on their children’s diet is considerable and powerful. I can agree with that. I

Here’s what I expect to learn:  Real strategies that my family can realistically implement. I know she has 2 kids and is obviously bringing in a decent income along with her husband. But it may not reflect a fair percentage of stay at home moms. In our family,my time is spent a bit different. I can’t see us creating those yummy meals every day. Although we garden, use coupons, budget and take advantage of healthy offers like Family Night at Earth fare and having monthly potlucks with very close friends , I know that we can do better.( Then on weeks when our money is really funny we go 100% vegetarian-with beans and rice in a wheat wrap! :)) How can we eat well every day and stay within budget at the same time?

What would you like to find out?

Wanna go?

OCTOBER 18, 2012

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Doors open at 6:30 PM

Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension

Training Facility

1418 Armory Drive

Charlotte, NC 28204

I rsvp’d weeks ago with my mom’s group (Queen City SAHM’s). Here’s the link to rsvp.  See you there tonight!

Ooh, here are Earth Fare’s current goodies & I’ve attached a slideshow of our weekly field trip with the QC SAHM’s!

For $20.00 and your meal from there you can get the following:

Free Organic Candy

Free Apple Cider

Free kids Meal for 6 kids 12 & under

Make sure you text EAT to 71700 to get your  savings to to your phone & e-box!

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Till next time, be productive, Kelle P. QC Supermom