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Backyard Summer Camp: 4 Outdoor Games and Activities

For open-ended, hands-on fun, nothing beats messing with plaster. Kids will love the process of pressing cool doodads into clay, using foil…

Backyard Summer Camp: 4 Outdoor Games and Activities

This activity lets your campers experience beetle-mania -- and use up more of that plaster of Paris! To start, mix a cup of plaster according to the package's instructions. Carefully pour the plaster into disposable plastic spoons and let it dry. Pop the beetles out of the spoons and paint them with acrylics or tempera.

:: Salt dough recipe: 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup warm water, 1 cup flour. Rolled out the dough and cut the shapes. Then poked large holes for the string, baked them at 250 for around two hours (until hard all the way through), painted with acrylic paints if desired ::

Make your own nature stones. Rainy day activity! Collect leaves, nuts, seed heads; press into home-made salt-dough and bake in oven. Paint or varnish.

Simple Craft Projects for Kids

With our easy recipe, you can make sidewalk chalk in fun shapes using ice pop or silicone baking molds. First, choose molds you no longer use for food. Spray the insides with plain cooking spray. In a disposable plastic container, mix plaster of paris (we used 1 cup to fill two 3-ounce wells in our mold) with water according to the package directions. Stir in poster or tempera paint, a drip at a time, until the mixture reaches the desired color. Pour the plaster into the mold, then tap the…