Friday Finds: 'Camp Mom' Ideas to Keep the Kids Busy

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My kids will be going to a playgroup and camp later this summer, but until then I have to get creative with ideas to keep them busy and engaged. Here are a few of our finds to do just that.

1. Michaels Passport to Imagination: Michaels’ summer crafting camp “Passport to Imagination” recently launched its seven week program where kids can explore the seven continents right from their home. The program meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. - noon for only two bucks. This educational summer camp is a great alternative to the video games and computers that most children are glued to during the summer months. All you have to do is go to their nearest Michaels and register for your adventure.

2. Wee Society: We love Wee Society and they recently launched a fun and free printable bingo game. As a take on the classic road trip game, this game can be download on their Facebook page for hours of classic game play.

3. Apps for Younger Kids: Since most smaller kids aren't in camp, we love the app, “Sing and Learn Color with Jenny Jenkins & Lisa Loeb." Also great for travel, this app focuses on learning colors with the aid of songs and interactive images and provides four activities for the kids, including the following: Listening to Lisa Loeb’s renditions of “Jenny Jenkins” for each color while watching objects and characters featured in the song move about on the screen, Interacting with the Jenny Jenkins tunes by touching various objects on screen to associate with the terms highlighted in the song, coloring outlined images of Jenny Jenkins characters in a virtual coloring book and matching Jenny Jenkins character cards while listening to playful sound effects as you go.

4. Lakeshore Learning: We are huge fans of the educational and fun toys from Lakeshore. Over the summer we have been having crafting sessions with my younger daughter, and one of her favorite paints is the Regular Dot Art Painters. We also love learning with the Linking Letter Monkeys and the Draw & Write Journal that are also ideal for travel.

5, Martha Stewart Craft Book: Martha Stewart comes to the rescue this summer with everything crafty and fun for kids in the new book, Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Fun Projects to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share. This includes projects that kids of all ages will love including making a Solar System Bedroom, Button Frames, Pipe Cleaner Pals and Paper Bag Puppets, Paper Bag Puppets, Water Fireworks, Scented Scrubs, Elephant Stilts and Carpet-Tile Hopscotch, and Schoolwork Scrapbooks and Cereal Box Organizers. I love how detailed and colorful the book is along with photography that makes every project inspiring and clear - making them great for gifts, vacation ideas, and ideas for endless summer fun.

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