Monday, September 24, 2012

Camping Activity: Wood Chip Necklaces

My worry in taking a wide range of kids camping is that the younger kids would be happy just playing together but the older ones, the one's in that awkward pre-teen/teen age, would think everything was so uncool they would just sit around and mope. So I designed a few activities that would hopefully get them up, participating, and moving.

 I came home from work a few weeks before the Family Camp-out and found my neighbors had trimmed their tree limbs and piled the mess in my yard. I refrained from getting angry. Over a nice dinner, I asked The Husband to help me with a little project.

He looked at me in disgust. I was pulling him away from ESPN to help with an unnecessary camping craft.

 I admit I did some begging. In the end, The Husband borrowed his father's chainsaw and decided to help me cut medallions out of a limb.  His mood started changing, quickly.{I then begged him to let me try my hand at the chainsaw, but he would not let budge on that one. I had to settle for holding the tree limb secure.}

After he/we finished cutting the medallions, I asked him drill holes in the top of the wood. We made 25 medallions that night.

I purchased some inexpensive plastic string and some beads. I had some old fabric paint in my crafting closet.

I saved up my empty milk jugs and put the wood chips in one, divided the beads and put half in one jug and half in another and then did the same with the string. My cousin and I then hid the milk containers in a wooden area near our campsite. We hung some in trees up high and others down low. We hid some in high grass. According to the big kids, we made it way to easy and did not bother to cover our tracks!

How cute are these little girls running through the "forest"  looking for the hidden treasure!

As soon as we told the kids to go searching, they were off (even those big kids who were so critical). We told the kids to go search out the milk jugs and look for their prize. After they found their pieces, they came back to the campsite and put together their necklaces. They got to add their initial with the fabric paint.

They found it!

Making camping memories. Super easy and cute!

I linked up!

artsy-fartsy mama


  1. These are so fun! What a cool idea!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Artsy Corner!

  2. These are so cute. Going to do this for VBS. Already started begging my hubby for help.