Sunday, July 12, 2009

Rainbow Camp

Between the Frog Princess' Art camp, VBS, and another little school camp,
the girls and I are passing our summer vacation
with some homegrown fun.
I'm doing little theme camps with them
right here at home.
No, Not ALL DAY activities but a few
art projects, science experiments, fun snacks, games, and books.
It helps to break up the long days
and gives us something different to look forward to...

We had our first little week-long camp at home two weeks ago.

It was...get ready for it...


I know... Big. Shocker.
Me? Rainbows? Come on.

We did all kinds of fun little rainbow projects,
some oldies but goodies
and a few new things thrown into the mix.
WE even recruited a neighborhood friend
to join us for a full day of camp activities!

Here is a peek at some of our activities....

Sorting and Stringing
Fruit Loop Rainbow Necklaces.

I do love my mini quiche trays!

This is a thirsty project if you've been
running around in the backyard for an hour
and you have to sample each color as you work!

Spin Art.
What kid doesn't love spin art?
No machine? No problem?
Lay some paper in your salad spinner,
throw on some washable diluted tempera paint
or liquid watercolors and spin away!

We bought this little machine two years ago
for a birthday party and we still pull it out
regularly (in the garage)
on rainy days, snow days, hot days...
Rainbow camp days!

The girls have been begging to make
Lisa (from 5 Orange Potatoes Fame) 's

We dyed the noodles with food coloring
and a splash of rubbing alcohol in plastic snack bags.
I saved the bags to reuse for other dying projects.

After letting the noodles soak for a couple of hours,
and dry overnight in bowls (sorted by color of course!)
We covered waxed paper with Elmer's school glue,
and started lining up our rainbows.

Big Sister made the big rainbow.
Little Sister made the little rainbow.

This was a fun project because Mini-Saurus
could participate with minimal guidance.

We also tried our hand at making
ornaments/sun catchers.
This fabulous project idea also came from Lisa,
seriously...you need to go check out 5 Orange Potatoes
(I wish she and her girls lived next door to me!)

They looked great wet on the tray.
(plastic wrap underneath so they don't stick)
but the mini squeeze tubes of glitter glue
pulled and left big holes as it shrank and dried.
We had to go back a couple of days later and fill in with
Elmer's galactic glitter glue.

Gorgeous window stars drying.

Mixing food coloring and water
with my glorious mini quiche tray collection!
(anyone recognize this activity from our doctor party?)

We got the pipettes, eye droppers, and test tubes
from Discount School Supply.

Rainbow Monograms
Then we cut out initials with clear contact paper,
and rubbed them onto mom's good water color paper.
They painted with their newly mixed
home-made food coloring water colors.

When the paint was dry in less than an hour,
(we put our wet paintings out in the sun to dry)
we removed the contact paper.

This little "resist" water color project
goes back to my art teacher days,
but I've seen it popping up on a lot of blogs lately.

It's fun and easy,
and your kids will think
you're a rock star if you try it with them!

I'll post some more Rainbow-rific ideas soon!
(wow, that sentence sounds like I need Scooby snacks to go with it)


Amanda said...

Everything looks like so much fun! I just colored my first set of pasta (and rice) last week for Mad's tot trays and now she is in love with green noodles!

Miko's Girl said...

I love the resist initial idea. It is similar to something my daughter is doing this summer.

An artist at a show had these wonderful graphic pieces of art. My daughter asked him about the process and decided to replicate it at home. He painted a canvas black, covered it with tape, drew a simple line drawing, removed everything but the lines, painted over the canvas, removed the tape and VOILA!

You are one of the most creative moms around.

jlbee said...

i am so jealous of rainbow camp. do they have it for adults? i need to go! i saw the fruit loop necklace in cookie magazine and have been keeping this trick up my sleeve for the next time we bring the little one on an airplane.

Danielle said...

I recently stumbled across your blog and I am a huge fan! I am a kindergarten teacher, photographer, and mother to 2 girls so your ideas have been inspiring! Where did you buy the mini quiche trays??? They are fantastic!!!

Cute Clips and More said...

I love the rainbow monogram and the salad spinner idea. Thanks for sharing!

Pink & Green Mama said...

The mini quiche trays are in the frozen food section of your grocery store, BJs, or Costco. They have mini appetizer (bite-sized) quiches that come in them, I like the spinach quiche!! : )

kristen said...

What fun! I'm on my way to dig out the salad spinner!

Preschool Playbook said...

What a great camp. So MANY wonderful ideas. I love the pasta rainbow.

Jimmie said...

Oh my word. These rainbow crafts are amazing! I am LOVING this. Sprite saw your blog over my shoulder and said, "Send me that link!" She loves anything crafty.


Love those Fruit Loops necklaces--who knew? Rainbow Blessings to the Pink and Green Mama!


Love those Fruit Loops necklaces--who knew? Rainbow Blessings to the Pink and Green Mama!

Johanna said...

I LOVE the idea of doing a theme camp with your kiddies. What a great way to keep their interests and attention during the summer. Also I'm sure they just love having something to look forward to. Great ideas!

Misty said...

I love the ideas I am finding but how much rubbing alcohol do you put in with the food coloring to dye the noodles? Thanks for the great ideas.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...


I use about one capful of rubbing alcohol per zippy bag -- honestly, I haven't died noodles or rice with straight rubbing alcohol in a longtime. I use a few pumps of Purelle/hand sanitizer now instead -- it dries faster and it's something the kids can help me with.

pink and green mama

Lauren Taylor, Art Instructor said...

I absolutely love your blog! Thank you for sharing these fantastic activities and ideas. I particularly love the felt projects!

Thanks again!

Lauren Taylor

Anonymous said...

do you cook the noodles or just soak them , can you elaberate on that, water and food coloring or how?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

The noodles are hard, not cooked. Just put them in a ziplock bag with some rubbing alcohol or purelle and a few drops of food coloring. Massage and the color will be distributed. It's the same method we use to make our rainbow rice described in previous sensory box and I spy bottle posts.


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