Yesterday marked our last day of Day Camp for the 2018 season! I can’t believe how fast it flew by. Here are a few more arts and crafts projects I did with my campers this summer:
Superman Style Initial Paintings
We used crayon resist and watercolor to make personalized paintings. Campers traced the diamond shape onto their paper, drew out their first initial and then colored it in with a mixture of crayons and watercolor paint. Here are some of the results:
One camper wasn’t into the project and asked if he could paint his own picture. I like to support kids’ individual creativity, so I said, “Of course.” This was the result:
Pipe Cleaner “Buddies”
This activity is one I have done every year I’ve worked at camp and the kids always have a good time with it. We use pipe cleaners, straws, foam and beads to make bendy buddies. Here are a few the kids made this year:
For these paintings we used straws to blow homemade watercolor paint (a mixture of water and food coloring) around on paper.
Some kids left their paintings abstract. I love how the colors combine and move around the paintings:
Other kids chose to embellish their blow paintings with drawings:
Origami “Explosion” Books
I didn’t get a ton of photos with this activity, but I did get a few. We followed this tutorial to make books out of three pieces of origami paper. The kids then glued on cardstock covers and drew pictures and wrote stories on the inside.
Plastic Lanyard Bracelets
For this activity we cut plastic canvas into strips and the kids wove yarn into it to create patterned bracelets. I didn’t get many photos of this craft either, but here are a few:
Finally, we finished off the summer with an old classic – Rock Painting. I always go to the beach and gather smooth stones for this activity:
And just like that, summer’s over 😦
Here are just a few extra things I’ll miss now that camp is over: