Arts and crafts are a great way to pass the time if the kids are worn out from hiking all day, or if the weather isn't cooperating.
- String God's Eye: If you went to camp as a kid, chances are you already know how to make one of these. All you need is some yarn, glue, and a couple of sticks. Glue two small sticks together to form a cross. Let dry. Tie a piece of yarn close to the center of the cross (leaving a tail hanging), and then begin bringing the yarn under and over around the sticks until it forms a diamond-shaped weaving. You can use different colors of yarn, variegated yarn, or anything you want. Cut the yarn with a camping jack knife and tie off the tails.
- Window Nature Art: During your camping trip, have your kids collect some natural beauty -- pretty leaves, wildflowers, petals, maybe even a few tiny sticks. Later, have your child arrange them artfully on the sticky side of some contact paper. Then place a second piece, sticky side down, on top. Trim the edges, punch a hole in the top, and hang in the window at home with ribbon.
- Stick Vases: Kids love to collect twigs and sticks. Make a rustic vase out of a bunch of sticks with some rubber bands and a mason jar. Collect sticks that are a little taller than your jar. Put two rubber bands around the jar and slide sticks under the rubber bands until the jar is covered. Slide the bands together and tie a pretty ribbon over them. Fill up the vase with wildflowers to dress up your camp dining area!