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Get Ready for Summer Camp

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Hello Mother. Hello Father. It's almost time for the kids to go to summer camp.

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Stay-at-Home Moms Spotlight10

Answers to All of Your Summer Camp Questions

Monday April 21, 2014
It won't be long until the school bell rings one last time and the kids will be ditching books and homework for another memorable summer. Before the three-month break arrives on your doorstep with no plan in place, get all of your summer camp questions answered in the free summer camp guide and explore the many summer camp options available for your children.

A picture of girls at a summer camp
It's time to start thinking about summer camps for your kids.
Photo © Camp Warren / Flickr
This will be my seven year old's third summer attending camp. He's not quite ready for the big leagues of overnight camp but he's still excited about having fun, learning something new and making more friends.

His first stop will be a week of Vacation Bible School a few hours a day. A couple of weeks later, he'll spend a week at a nature day camp. Our family will also be spending plenty of time camping with our Cub Scout pack everywhere from in the outfield's grass at a baseball stadium to under the stars in the wilderness.

We'll fill in the rest of our summer spending plenty of quality time together as well as enjoying some of the free summer programs available in our area. Before we know it, the kids will be back in school and another summer will be in the books.

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Coloring Easter Eggs With Kids

Friday April 18, 2014
I recently picked up an egg dyeing kit at the store so my kids and I could continue one of our Easter family traditions of dyeing eggs together. It wasn't until I got home that I realized my son, who'd been oh-so-quiet in the grocery cart, had punched out all of the holes on the back of the dyeing kit's box where you're supposed to place the eggs to dry. With each small circle he punched, he lost a piece of our egg dyeing instructions.

A picture of colored Easter eggs
Coloring Easter eggs with your kids is a timeless tradition.
Photo © haitigirl0 / stock.xchng
Even though I've colored my fair share of Easter eggs, I rely on that box of instructions to get me from step 1 to the end. It's not rocket science, but I like my directions. PAAS has a PDF file of egg-dyeing instructions on the company's website if you've also become the victim of the missing circles on your egg dyeing kit.

If it weren't for those super-fizzy coloring tabs from the egg dyeing kit that captivate my 5 year old, we'd opt for food coloring. The egg coloring instructions are simple if you want to hop down this bunny trail with your own Easter eggs.

For Easter eggs with some extra flair, this video shows you some fun ways to decorate Easter eggs with your kids. If you really want to show them a unique way to dye Easter eggs, use fresh, frozen and canned foods to make natural Easter egg dyes.

Every egg is a work of art, even if it doesn't turn out how we intended. Show off your Easter egg pictures in the Easter egg photo gallery.

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Fingerprint Bunnies and Chicks Art Project

Thursday April 17, 2014
Earlier this week, I shared an Easter chick craft you can make with your child's footprints. I also shared a baby chick Easter card and an Easter bunny card, both made from your children's fingerprints.

A picture of the finished fingerprint bunnies and chicks art project
Use your children's fingerprints to make bunnies and chicks.
Photo © Apryl Duncan
See a common theme here? I love capturing everything from fingerprints to footprints. Those little fingers and toes grow way too fast, so it's nice to have a keepsake to help remember how small they were.

Sticking to that same theme, I've got another fun Easter project for you to enjoy with your children. A couple of years ago, I wanted to get both of my boys' fingerprints on the same page. I came up with this fingerprint bunnies and chicks art project.

I was able to get each one of their fingerprints ... 5 bunnies and 5 chicks. My then 5 year old's fingers made the bunnies. My then 16 month old's made the chicks.

We drew Easter eggs and colored in grass to make it look like the bunnies and chicks are in a field getting ready to pounce on those eggs. This year, we're repeating the project to add in the boys' new little sister into the keepsake project.

I love this project so much that we're going to have to add it to our list of Easter traditions. Those bunnies and chicks are going to get bigger and bigger every year, but what a nice collection of fingerprints I'll have to remember them by.

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Paper Plate Bunny Craft

Wednesday April 16, 2014
My preschooler wanted to make a bunny for Easter. I raided our art supplies cabinet and came up with this paper plate bunny craft on the fly.

A picture of the finished paper plate bunny craft
Create this lovable guy from cotton balls and a paper plate.
Photo © Apryl Duncan
If your child can put a cotton ball on a paper plate, she can enjoy this paper plate bunny craft too. You'll still have to help, but she'll be able to take ownership in the project.

This new friend of ours is hanging in my son's bedroom. We loved gluing the cotton balls, bending the whiskers and brushing some blush onto the ears to give them a pinkish look.

Now my son's giving me daily requests to make this bunny. I have a feeling we'll have a family of bunnies on the wall before April is over.

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