Bring Camp Home

Counting down the days until camp during the offseason can seem like a never ending process. Help the time pass and warm up on a cold winter’s day by bringing the Frogbridge fever into your home! Try one of the following day camp inspired activities with your children. Note for Parents: Remain close by to oversee all the recommended activities below. Note for Campers: Let your parents handle the cooking chores that involve hot water or the oven.

Silly Science

Source: Try Silly Science at home with this fun dissolving candy cane science project! Supplies:
  1. 4 cups/jars (must be see through)
  2. 3 cups cold water
  3. 3 cups hot water
  4. 3 cups oil
  5. 3 cups vinegar
  6. 4 candy canes
Once you have all of your supplies, start to ask your children questions first.
  1. What do you think is going to happen?
  2. How long do you think it will take to dissolve?
Place the one candy cane in each cup/jar. Ask them a few other questions.
  1. What do you smell?
  2. What do you see?
  3. Why do you think this is happening?
Go over the answers with them after the experiment is finished.

DIY Nail Art

Source: Bring Ms. Lily’s Salon into your home and have your child add a little sparkle to their manicure. Supplies:
  1. Color nail polish of your choice
  2. Glitter nail polish of your choice
  3. Tape
  4. Decorative edge crafting scissors
Paint your nails the desired solid base color. Wait for them to dry, about 10-15 minutes to be safe. Take a piece of tape and cut it with the crafting scissors so one side of the tape has the decorative pattern. Place the tape with the untouched end towards the top of your nail so the decorative end is lying toward your cuticle. Leave as big as a space as you want, that is where the glitter nail polish will be going. Paint the gap with the glitter polish. Wait for nails to dry, remove the tape and show off your new nails.

Funfetti Cupcakes

Source: Make Miss Susie proud by baking this easy funfetti cupcake recipe at home with the family. Ingredients:
  1. 1 23 cups all-purpose flour
  2. ¼ tsp. baking soda
  3. ½ tsp. baking powder
  4. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  5. ½ tsp. salt
  6. 1 large egg
  7. ¼ cup yogurt (plain, vanilla, Greek or substitute for sour cream)
  8. 1 cup granulated sugar
  9. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  10. ¾ cup milk
  11. ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake lines. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine baking powder, flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Whisk sugar into the melted butter. The consistency will be gritty. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 minute.
  4. After chilled, stir in yogurt, egg, vanilla extract, and milk until well combined. Slowly start to add the dry ingredients until mixture is smooth. The batter will be thick.
  5. Slow stir in the sprinkles but do not overmix because the sprinkles will begin to bleed their color.
  6. Divide batter evenly among the muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. Top with frosting of choice and add sprinkles if desired.

Put on a Play

If your children love to dress up and perform then this is perfect for you. Turn your living room into an at home theater. Use blankets as curtains and move couches around for a stage. Dig up those old Halloween costumes to create the outfits for a variety of characters. You can even get the pets involved by dressing them up to. Make it feel even more real by setting up a specific time for them to perform and having the other members of your family sit down to watch it. Let their performing arts skills be unveiled and enjoy.

Plastic Bottle Bowling

Although we’d love to say build a Gaga court in your basement, playing sports like that inside can be hard to do, and sometimes a little dangerous. But if your children are the athletic type, they may not take no for an answer on a snowy day. Plastic bottle bowling is a great alternative and a way to let out some energy while indoors. Supplies:
  1. 10 plastic bottles
  2. 10 shades of acrylic craft paint
  3. 1 Tbsp. of water for each bottle (only if needed)
  4. Ball
  1. Remove the cap and labels from the bottles. Wash and clean thoroughly.
  2. Place a few drops of paint inside of each bottle, enough to cover the bottom and then a little extra. If your paint is thick, add a tiny bit of water.
  3. Close the bottles and shake them up to spread the paint inside.
  4. Remove cap and pour the excess water/paint. Leave the caps off and let dry. Ideally overnight but if not, then a few hours at least.
  5. Once dry, set up your bowling pins and have fun!
You can skip adding the paint to the plastic bottles altogether if you are looking to bowl ASAP. It is just a fun and creative step for your kids to enjoy. What are your favorite ways to play inside? Share them on our Facebook page. Recipe inspired by:

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