Away We Go to Grandma’s House! Camp Nana and Poppy: Memory Builders!
When you have several ages of children together, here are some excellent ways to make the time fun. These are memory builders,
Memory Builders I just finished a fun week with five of my seven grandchildren who all live out of the area.
We usually get together as a family for a week of fun. This is the first summer in 11 years that we will not be going.
I feel it is so important for the cousins to keep in touch and spend quality time together. So the first annual "Camp Nana & Poppy" was organized.
We had planned each day with a different theme i.e. science day, Olympic day, beach day, Fourth of July celebration etc. Marshmallow roasting over a portable barbecue, singing campfire songs, and drinking hot chocolate, outdoor video night, star gazing, an adorable talent show, swimming, games, crafts, and boat racing.
The boats were designed by "Poppy" and we had such fun making them. The children were so impressed with the boats that it kind of made up for the fact he was unable to actually spend time during the day with them.
If no one had fun at the camp my husband and I certainly did enjoy the planning.
To try to select one event that was the most fun for them is not possible. Each time we did something they would say it was their favorite activity.
Flubber One that was really fun for them and they spent hours playing with was the flubber we made.
Flubber is very simple to make. Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup white glue in one bowl. In a second bowl mix 1 cup water and 2 scoops of Borax(found in the laundry section of the grocery store. When the Borax and water are mixed add it to the glue mixture and knead with your hands until the water has been absorbed.
Add food coloring if you like. It is fabulous "stuff" and they love it.
There were lots of experiments going on during science day.
Relay We had a relay on Olympic day that was hysterical and made us laugh so hard we cried.
There were two teams (one taking the littlest guy) they had two suitcases filled with adult clothing, pants, shirts, socks, shoes, and a hat.
They had to run to the suitcase, open it, take out the clothes and dress. When they were finished, they closed the case and ran to their teammate. Then they took off the costume, putting everything back into the suitcase, handed it to the next team member, and the race began again.
It was so funny!!!!
Firecrackers On the fourth of July we made our own little firecrackers out of a film canister, a toilet paper tube they decorated, and an Alka-selzer. It was a hoot and once again we laughed hard at this activity.
I was so pleased with the outcome I will plan something similar for upcoming years.