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Craft & Activity Ideas for Kids

We’re on round three folks. We’ve shared some summer olympics ideas and craft ideas. Here are some final ideas for getting kids out and enjoying the summer weather. Some of them can be used at any time of year so save this in your favorites so you can come back to it on the next snow day.

Clothespin Drop

Materials needed:
-Culligan water jug
-10 clothespins

How to play:
Place the water jug on the floor along the backside of a chair. Have the child sit upright on his/her knees and have them try and drop the clothespin in the water jug without lowering the clothespin lower than the backside of the chair. It’s harder than it looks! See who can drop the most clothespins in the jug! You can make the game easier or harder by changing the size of what you are dropping the clothespins into. Think ice cream pail for the youngsters.


Materials needed:

How to craft:

This activity allows for children to create their own  cartoon! First you must cut out about 15 pieces of paper starting about 2 inches long and an inch in a half tall for the front page, then every piece of paper after that about an 8th of an inch longer for each paper following. This cutting will allow for the paper to “flip.”  Staple the 15 pieces of paper together at the left end as far over as possible. Now comes the fun part. Draw any kind of carton on the first page then draw the same cartoon on the following page but drawn slightly different as if the cartoon has just moved. Create a story line and show your friends!

We took a video of the sample flip book made at Adventure Cove. Check it out!

Edible Dirt

Foods needed:

Your dirt dessert doesn't have to look this pretty. Be creative! How close to dirt you you make it look?

-Gummy worms
-Chocolate pudding
-Oreo cookies

How to snack:
This is a great snack for anyone of any age. Get a bowl and fill it with pudding. Throw some gummy worms and crushed Oreo cookies into the pudding for a delicious treat! You can spend lots of time decorating and make it look real or just throw it all together for a quick treat. This is something fun you can let your elementary aged kids do on their own although you should expect a little mess! To mix it up consider adding chocolate ice cream and or whipped cream on top.

Scavenger Hunt

Materials needed:
-Paper with list items to scavenge for

How to play:
This classic game will never be boring throughout the duration of anyone’s life. Each scavenger hunt can be unique and created based upon where the event takes place and who the scavengers are. Create a list of
items to find that is realistic yet challenging for the kids to find. Anything from a pine cone to a butterfly is fair game so long as those items are available around the area. If in a safe neighborhood with people you know, write down items that could be found in households and have the children go door to door asking the neighbors for the items on the list. Otherwise you can set limits like “you have to stay in the backyard.” Be creative.

Here are a list of some things you might use for your scavenger hunt:

-A Pinecone
-A red leaf**
-A rock the size of a quarter**
-A butterfly
-A ladybug
-An acorn
-Three things that are green**
**Using different numbers, colors, and comparing to everyday items are great for younger kids to help them practice and keep their minds sharp while they are off from school

This website also provides some great ideas with a printable lists of items:

Thanks for reading, Madden’s Adventure Cove Staff

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43 Fill Adventure Cove

Adventure Cove at Madden’s on Gull Lake was extremely entertaining the last couple days. 43 children had the opportunity to play and compete in different games and activities, splash around and swim, and even enjoy a pizza party and bonfire with s’mores! The children were able to run around and expel all sorts of their little body’s energy while laughing and screaming for joy. Face painting and balloon animals also made an appearance for the children to enjoy. The experience the children had at Adventure Cove the last couple days will in no doubt be engraved in their little minds for a very long time.

Tim, Social Activities Coordinator


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Bringing Baby on Vacation

So you want to go on a nice family vacation. A quiet getaway to… oh wait! There is no quiet when you’ve got the kids! I recently read a fun article in Conde Nast Traveler that could help out any parent: “The A-to-Z Guide to Traveling with Kids.” Wendy Perrin does a great job of sharing “Secrets every smart traveler should know.” I’m going to share some of my favorites directly from her article. If you want to read the whole article you can check it out on their website.
Wendy also has a blog and Twitter account: @wendyperrin.

My favorite letters… my notes follow with a double **

B is for Bananagrams.
Think Scrabble but with no board, no complicated scoring, and no need to wait your turn: Each player works independently and at his own pace and skill level, thus ruling out frustration and boredom. Your child can play alone, or the entire family can participate, and even when you lose some letter tiles under the airline seat, it’s still playable (

H is for Headphones.
Not the awkward inside-your-ear type that falls out of kids’ ears but the over-the-ear type that remains firmly on the child’s head. When your jet-lagged child wakes up at 3 a.m. in the hotel room and announces, “I’m tired of sleeping now,” give him the headphones and a movie and go back to sleep. **my bet is this works even when you don’t fly!

I is for Invisible Ink.
Colorless ink leaves no mess to clean up. The only frustration with invisible-ink activity books is when they come with only one pen and your child loses it. Once that happens, I is for iPhone, with its plethora of mess-free children’s game apps, but fair warning: It’s a slippery slope from Encylopedia Britannica Kids’ Ancient Egypt app to Moto Mania Dirt Bike Challenge.

J is for Journal.
It needn’t be fancy—just a simple notebook where, each day of the trip, your child writes a paragraph on the highlight of his day or three things he learned. If your child can’t write yet, he can draw a picture of something he liked that day. Leave space in the journal for trip photos that your child can add later. **I remember doing this as a kid. It is fun to look at my drawing journal from when I was in Kindergarten!

K is for kids eat free, kids ski free, kids cruise free, and other money-saving family vacation packages. Look for these deals at,, and

T is for Thinkfun games.
Portable mind-sharpeners that have kept my kids occupied during long train and plane rides. Our favorite is Rush Hour Jr.—an addictive puzzle that involves placing vehicles on a grid in a different arrangement each time, then trying to get the ice-cream truck out of the traffic jam by moving vehicles around the grid. It’s a single-player game, though, so when your kids start fighting over it, T is for Time Out (

W is for Wikki Stix.
The least heavy, least bulky, least messy way to do arts and crafts on the go.

**Do you have any more suggestions for traveling with kids? Help out a fellow traveler and share them by commenting below**

Take care, Elizabeth

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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Traveling Tips


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