Let’s hear it for Grandma Camp!
All the moms around the world are yelling! ME! Sign my kids up! Do your parents long to get to know your children better? Do you have precious memories of spending time with your grandparents as a child? Then Grandma (or Grandparent) Camp may be for you.
Grandma Camp Tips: Get parent approval before you begin planning. Seek out low-cost transportation options if your grandchild lives far away. Figure out your plan (see below) while considering your grandchild’s age, personality, and age. A great mix of crafts and adventures is sure to be a success.
I love creative women who love their grandchildren and inspire other women. This was written by my friend Tori. She also shared how to use a Rainbow Loom with a Preschooler. Take it away Tori!
“Grandma Camp” came from an idea my mom (Grandma Lisa) had for awhile as a way to spend some fun time with her grandchildren. We live several states apart so time together is precious. We started in the Summer of 2011 and have continued it ever since. Adding more and more children as our family has grown.
Grandma Camp Plan & Schedule
Grandma Lisa planned activities to go along with the theme for each day of the week. At the start of camp, the campers picked fun camp names and agreed on a set of camp rules, such as “Treat fellow campers kindly” and “Raise your hand in a fist to ask for the restroom.” Camp started at 9am and went to about 12:30-1pm. It included a snack, which sometimes the campers helped prepare.
Grandma Lisa had three campers, her three granddaughters – Maddie (8), Katie (5) and Marissa (5). There are two grandsons who will also be included in camp, Macager (3) and Caleb (2), as they get older and are able to participate in the activities. For camp, Grandma Lisa was called Dragonfly, Maddie chose Hummingbird, Katie was Bunny and Marissa was Lemonade Squirrel.
Monday – Fashion Fun Day
The girls made cute flower headbands and each decorated 4 shirts with iron-on bling designs. The headbands were made with foam coasters cut with a die-cue machine and oversize brads. After they were done creating their fashions, the girls put on a fashion show for their moms & brothers.
Tuesday – Rock Day
Grandma Lisa taught the girls about rocks & minerals. First, they set up a rock tumbler (which took several days to complete) to polish rough rocks into smooth & pretty treasures. Second, they started a crystal experiment where each girl grew colorful crystals. Third, they sorted and broke geodes with a hammer. For snack, they made “No-Bake chocolate cookies” which were supposed to look like a rocks and turned out to be a favorite snack of the week.
Wednesday – Field Trip Day
Grandma Lisa took the campers out all day long! They started with the free summer movies, then went onto the Dollar Store (for a secret shopping trip), followed by lunch, the story time at the library, and finally the playground. By the end of the day, all three girls & Grandma Lisa were wiped out!
The secret- shopping trip was for supplies for a surprise birthday party. Summer is a big time for birthdays in our family. Grandma Lisa and the girls planned to host it on Saturday for their moms & brothers. It included balloons, decorations, party blowers, silly string and a pinata they stuffed themselves!
Thursday – Craft Day
To start the morning off the girls got to play with lots of fun craft supplies: ribbons and trims, paint markers, faux jewels and pearls, brads, and glue dots. They each decorated a piggy banks, jeweled flower clips, and headbands.
Snack for the day was “Hodge Podge.” Each girl picked 3 snack items to dump in a bowl & mix together for a crazy use-what’s-in-the-pantry trail mix. The used M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, gummy bears, goldfish, animals crackers, nuts, Rice Krispies, raisins and Craisins.
Friday – Best of the Rest Day
The final day of camp was a time to review and finish all activities they had done through the week. They rinsed and reloaded the rock tumbler one final time, checked on their crystals, and worked more on their crafts (birthday cards, banner, and flower clips for their moms). At the end of camp, they put all their projects & creations on a table to display all they had done through the week.
Highlights & Quotes from Grandma Camp
Grandma Lisa says the girls were surprisingly well behaved throughout the week…and it definitely helped that no moms or dads were allowed at camp! On the first day, Maddie described the iron-on bling as being “FABULOUS” and all week it became the girls’ favorite word. The girls were especially interested in fashion. They wanted to have extra fabric and ribbon from Grandma Lisa’s craft room to be able to create and design their own doll dresses. They also really liked making cards and spent much more time on the cards than originally planned.
Grandma Lisa has been planning the camp for a while now, so she has had time to shop sales and gather the materials for all the activities — not to mention she has a considerable craft room stash from which to pull tools and supplies! Biggest tip: plan many activities and be flexible. Some activities she thought would be quick, the girls wanted to spend lots of time on (like making cards). While, some activities did not hold their attention as well and were shortened as the girls lost interest. Overall, it was a HUGE success!