Monday, June 8, 2015

5 Things Parents Should Do Before Sending Their Kids to Summer Camp

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One of my best summers was spent working as a camp counselor when I was 20.  It was a life changing experience spent in the sun during the day and around a campfire at night.  As amazing as it was for me, I can't imagine how memorable it was for the campers.  That summer prepared me to help my own kiddos pack up their things for their own weeks at summer camp.  It was so cool to have Pip {now 19 yrs} be able to actually attend the same camp I worked at.  And Bear {6.5 yrs} will be going soon.  Thanks to the kind folks at Mabel's Labels, I'm going to share with you the five things every parent should do before sending their kiddos to summer camp.

Prewrite post cards to your child to mail on your way back from dropping them off at camp. 

This is especially important if the camp is a good distance away from your home and/or if it lasts for a short period of time like 1-2 weeks.  By mailing a post card in the town the camp is in, it should be to your camper within 1-2 days, providing that little message from home to ease the beginning of the week homesickness.  As you drive farther away from home, you can mail one or two more.

Package up outfits in gallon zip lock bags for easy dressing.
Living out of a suitcase for a week or two can be challenging. Make it easy on your camper by prepackaging outfits in gallon bags.  Each bag can contain a shirt, pair of shorts, socks, and undergarments. You could even throw in any hair pieces that would be worn.  This makes getting dressed on those early camp mornings easy with a grab-and-go approach.  To maximize packing space, sit on each bag to squeeze out excess air to create a vacuum-sealed appearance.

Label your children's belongings.
Living in a 20x20 cabin with 10-12 campers can lead to some confusion when it comes to keeping track of all those socks, shorts, shoes, flashlights, sunscreens, bug sprays... Need I go on?  A great way to make sure your camper can keep tabs on their belongings is to label them.  This can be done quickly using the Camp Combo from Mabel's Labels. Customizing them online was so easy, that Bear was able to do it without much help.  They have lots of cute icons to choose from. The Limited Edition Camp Label Pack has labels that are just right for all your kiddo's summer camp items to help them from getting mixed up with other campers or lost. And their labels are laundry, dishwasher, microwave safe, and backed by a 100% guarantee.  That makes them great for clothing, swimwear, backpacks, shoes, and toiletry items.
Help your camper to make a gift for their counselor.
Counselors work hard all summer.  They give up their fun breaks between college classes to make summertime special for lots of kids they don't even know.  The gift doesn't have to be anything grand.  Honestly, a cute bandanna, a bottle of good smelling bug spray, and a thank you card go a long way in making those hard working counselors feel appreciated. 

Be prepared to hear those camp songs for months after your child returns from camp.
It's been 15 years since I was at camp, but I can still sing most of those songs at the drop of a hat.  They're fun, silly, and oh so contagious.  Once you get going, it's hard to stop.  These songs connect me to so many great memories.  It won't be too long before you know them all and can sing along too!

AND! Mabel's Labels is offering a chance for you to get in on the goodies! Win a code to get 15-50% off or free item coupons from now until June 22, 2015.  Just sign up for the Mabel's Labels newsletter and complete one additional share and you'll be given your one-time use coupon code! Go to to find out which discount you got! 


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Baby's First St. Patrick's Day: Milestone Card {free printable}

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Luck o'the Irish to ya!  I hope you all are having a fun St. Patrick's Day and that no little leprechauns are playing too naughty of a trick on you.  To celebrate, I wanted to share with you a free Baby's First St. Patrick's Day printable milestone card.  I so love taking these pictures of Sunny each holiday with these cards.  I wish I had started it sooner!  I did it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, and Valentine's Day.  Just click here to save it and print it out in 5x7 size. 

 Have a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day!  Much love to you all!


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50 Rainbow Activities for Kids

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It's almost spring! I just can't hold off any longer on sharing some great spring activities with you.  And what's more spring-y than rainbows?  So here are 50 rainbow activities for kids from some of my favorite blogs for you and your kiddos to try out.  I've broken them down for you based on what type of activity they are.   
arts and crafts
Mix up your own rainbow flour paint using this recipe from Learn Play Imagine.
Make rainbows with cotton balls like Fireflies and Mudpies.
Create a coffee filter color wheel inspired by this one at Pink and Green Mama.
Recycle and create something egg carton rainbows like Creative Family Fun.
Brighten up your space with rainbow window art from hands on: as we grow.
Grab the broken crayons and make these rainbow alphabet crayons from The Imagination Tree.
Create Rainbow Pour Pots using this technique from Dilly Dali Art.
Add a little science into your art time with this Rainbow Resist Art from Learn Play Imagine.
Punch up your walls with some confetti rainbow art inspired by Rainy Day Mum.
Make rainbow ice paintings using everyday items like these from JDaniel4's Mom.
Create colorful rainbows using this method for rainbow sponge painting from Teach Preschool.

more arts and crafts
Use cotton balls and ribbon to create this rainbow craft inspired by Pint Sized Treasures.
Turn snack time into art time with these Fruity Os Rainbows from hands on: as we grow.
For an easy way to paint rainbows, use this method from De Tout et de Rein
Make a rainbow sensory collage with this printable from Crayon Box Chronicles.
Create abstract rainbow paintings using this technique from Teach Preschool.
Use common items to create neat black glue and salt rainbow paintings inspired by Mess for Less.
Make these classic rainbow cereal necklaces from Pink and Green Mama.
Have some sweet fun painting with marshmallows like Learn Play Imagine.
Create a sticky wall rainbow craft with this technique from De Tout et de Rien.
Do a wheely fun art project by rainbow painting with cars like Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Craft rainbow telescopes using this tutorial from Smart Schoolhouse.

math & fine motor
Little ones can practice their color sorting and fine motor skills with our Rainbow Math with tongs.
Make Pipe Cleaner & Bead Rainbows and get fine motor skill practice like De Tout et de Rien.
This rainbow playdoh color sorting from No Time for Flashcards lets kids practice basic math.
Rainbow circle size sorting offers basic math practice with a crafting option at the end.

Have mess-free fun with rainbow rice with these rice sensory bags inspired by Learning 4 Kids.
It's time for hands-on fun with this taste-safe (no shaving cream) rainbow by Powerful Mothering.
Make up a batch of Rainbow Playdough using this recipe at Mama Smiles.
Little hands can dig in and explore this rainbow sensory tub from Counting Coconuts.
Have some good, clean fun with rainbow soap sensory play inspired by Fun at Home with Kids.
Give your kiddos' taste buds a colorful experience with Rainbow Fruit Cups like One Sweet Appetite.
This Rainbow Oobleck from Blog Me Mom is sure to catch the eye of little learners.
Hands on fun gets stringy with this rainbow spaghetti sensory bin from One Perfect Day.
Have a sensory experience for breakfast with rainbow toast from Learn Play Imagine.

rainbow literacy
Practice writing in a colorful and fun way with rainbow words inspired by NurtureStore.
Go buggy practicing name spelling with these rainbow name caterpillars from Toddler Approved.
Practice line-making and writing using sensory rainbow writing trays like Blog Me Mom.
Let your kids create their a personalized Rainbow Journal with this free printable from NurtureStore.
Practice color names with these rainbow reading/writing books from Teach Preschool.
Do more name practice with Spell Your Name, Make a Rainbow activity from hands on: as we grow.

rainbow science
Make some Rainbow Slime for little hands to explore using this recipe from Learn Play Imagine.
Try out this extremely awesome rainbow jar science experiment from Playdough to Plato.
Create rainbow eruptions using household ingredients like Learn Play Imagine.
Explore how to make a rainbow with your kids inspired by Inspiration Laboratories.

rainbow games
Grab the Duplos and play this awesome Roll a Rainbow game from No Time for Flashcards.
Send your kids on a color scavenger hunt around the house.
Or make it more physical and play Color Run & Sort from Mummy Musings and Mayhem.
Create your own DIY rainbow puzzle inspired by Teach Me Mommy.
Go on a rainbow scavenger hunt using this great free printable from hands on: as we grow.

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Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.
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