Summer Camp Adventure Club Tutorial

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Kristin is generously allowing me to switch hats today from Editor here on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog to Summer Camp Director; I’m promoting Summer Camp Adventure Club, my online camp for kids! Learn more and comment for a chance to win one of five monthly subscriptions.

I taught first grade before taking an extended break (6 years and counting!) to be home with my kids. Every year I have that super-strong desire to create a beautiful summer for my children; you know– Campfires, sprinklers, great books, Popsicles, art, music, hands in the dirt… I want my kids to have just the right mix of freedom, activity, creativity and imaginative escapes. The reality of our summer days can occasionally be a little crazy-making though, for me as the mama and for my kids too. Summertime wishes for a good mix of low-key activity and fun, coupled with my teaching background, form the basis of Summer Camp Adventure Club.

A Supermobile from our Space theme.

What is Summer Camp?
Summer Camp Adventure Club is a subscription-based, online “camp” (an eCourse/online class) where Pre-K through 3-4 grade campers get fun, new ideas every day throughout the summer. There’s a new theme every week in June, July and August. Each weekly theme includes tons of inspiring projects, activities, journal prompts, downloads, recipes and more. Kids get the inspiration and guidance they need to work more independently to create projects they love.

How Does it Work?
Families can sign up for one month, two months or all summer at a discount; your subscription gives you a password to access camp headquarters. Each Sunday the new weekly theme page is posted, and every week day the page is updated to include new inspiration. Campers can choose to do as much or as little as they want each week. You can pick and choose which activities you want to do, and when you want to do them.

One of our Sample Projects from the Castle theme: Easy Capes.

Learn more on our FAQ page. Check out some Sample Projects, Activities + Resources, and take a peek at our Photo Gallery. Our Books also give you a feel for Summer Camp (and some clues about weekly themes!).

Have you heard the buzz about Caine’s Arcade? We inspire kids so they can easily create, imagine and play with the gift of summer “free time.” (Plus we even have a cardboard-based activity each week!) Studies show the loss of academic skills for kids in summer equals about one month worth of school (Source). Summer Camp Adventure Club incorporates daily journaling prompts, great book reviews, and a whole lot more to support learning at home. Camp activities are informed by theories of multiple intelligences (the work of Howard Gardner, David Lazear and others) so your Nature Smart, Body Smart or Word Smart kid will find the summer challenging and exciting. (Your People Smart, Self Smart, Sound Smart, Logic Smart or Image Smart Adventurer will too!)

Comment today for a chance to win one of five monthly subscriptions to Summer Camp Adventure Club (winners select the month). Tell us how you help kids create happy summers!

Here’s a Summer Camp project in our bonus On-The-Go section (activities + ideas for trips). The pretty Bright Yarn or Jewel Yarn Variety Packs in the shop would be perfect for this project!

Easy Tube Pom-Pom Garland
These Pom-Poms are easy to make and they’re tons of fun too! They’re great for games on the go, and they are perfect for bright and happy garlands. Use a Pom-Pom Garland as decoration for your Author Party in the News + Writing theme week or celebrate Color Week with a new look for your bedroom.


  • Yarn (we used two colors)
  • Scissors
  • Toilet paper tube
  • Tape
  • Needle with large eye
  • Optional: Small pom-pom balls from store (these are from a dollar store) + glue gun

Adult Help:
It can be helpful to have someone watch the first time you make a pom-pom, just to make sure you’re on the right track. Adults should assist/observe use of the optional glue gun.

Wrap a piece of yarn around the tube lengthwise (the long way). Leave one long end and tape in the middle as in the picture:

Wrap yarn around the tube the other way (like toilet paper is wrapped on a tube). For these balls we wrapped approximately 60 times.

Snip the yarn that goes across each end.

Tie the yarn you just snipped together on each side in a tight knot. You’re tying around the 60 loops of yarn to hold them together tightly. There will be two pieces of yarn to choose from on one side; tie with the extra-long piece.

Once you finish tying both sides, scooch the whole thing off of the tube and get rid of the tape.

Squish the “circle” of yarn so the tied parts meet in the middle.

Tie a new piece of yarn around this middle, tightly. You might want to tie this two times as this is what keeps your pom-pom together.

Cut the loops on each end.

Give the yarn ends a “haircut” to make them more even. Fluff.

For the garland: Use a needle with a large eye and a long piece of yarn. Poke the needle through the center of each pom-pom. We alternated colors. Once all of your large pom-poms are on the yarn, space them evenly. We added optional dollar store pom-poms (yellow) with a hot-glue gun. We placed one pom-pom under the long piece of yarn, added a dollop of glue, and placed another pom-pom on top to sandwich the yarn in place.

More Fun:

  • A long row of these pom-poms strung on several lengths of yarn (to make it a bit stronger) makes a happy, fuzzy scarf! (Get a head start on holiday gifts this summer and make one for someone in your family!)
  • Make several pom-poms and set up a game outside or in (with permission). Choose targets and point totals for various targets (5 points if you make it in the wastebasket, 2 points if you hit the pillow, etc.).
  • Use pom-poms as accessories!– Attach one to the top of your sandals, add a pom-pom to the end of your hoodie ties, use a needle to draw a long piece of yarn through a pom-pom and knot each end of the string for a fancy bookmark…
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87 Responses to Summer Camp Adventure Club Tutorial

  1. Meghan says:

    This sounds awesome!

  2. Tricia says:

    My boys would love this! We are always looking for new crafts and projects to try.

  3. Christina G. says:

    Wow, this give away sounds perfect for me and my boys!

  4. Gemma says:

    I was excited to come across this giveaway since I am planning out the summer fun & learning for my two children! Thanks for the chance!

  5. Donna Wheeler says:

    Camp may spark an early interest in quilting & crafting. The fun of entering giveaways is interesting too.

  6. Karrie Smith says:

    I know my nieces would love this! We try to play outside and go to museums, the zoo, and stuff like that. I print off some fun school stuff to do and we play “school” and they are the teachers. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Mama Lusco says:

    My 3 elementary=aged kids would love this program!

  8. Mary says:

    What a fantastic idea!

  9. chibidani says:

    Sounds neat! The question is, if I pay for a month of camp (say June), can I still access the ideas in the middle of August?

  10. Ahren Wagner says:

    I am a mother to three children and a full-time teacher. I love summer because I am able to spend time with my kids that I miss out on during the school year. We love the pool, crafts, books and outdoor activities. I try to make sure all three have a special activity each week.

  11. fern says:

    Wow! This sounds like a fantastic way to make it through summer! Hope I’m a lucky winner!! 🙂

  12. Kyla says:

    Great idea – to bad it’s so darn expensive!

  13. Erika says:

    this sounds like a lot of fun. I work from home so any help i can get to keep my kids happy during these oppressive florida summers is a blessing. We are planning to do lots of science experiements and gardnening this summer so far.

  14. AP says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun for the family!

  15. Meg says:

    My two girls would love this! Really! We spend lots of time swimming and reading during the summer!

  16. TanyaJS says:

    I have 2 girls who would be all over this.

  17. jamie b. says:

    Sounds like fun!

  18. Alicia Toney says:

    How fun! We could definitely use some ideas for fun learning around here!

  19. Rebecca Monce says:

    this is a fantastic idea!! I have 2 boys and my husband sleeps during the day so I have to keep them busy. I see a lot of trips to the park and library this summer but this would be great for those days we’re stuck at home!!

  20. jm says:


  21. Jess says:

    My son would love this. He is so much fun to craft with!

  22. AmyS says:

    Oh my word, Hobbit would flip over this!

  23. Tia says:

    Our goal this summer is to spend as much time just letting the kids “be” since this is my son’s last summer before Kindergarten. This would be a really great way to add some fun to rainy or super hot days!

  24. With two very active toddlers, I would absolutely LOVE a resource like this for summer fun!

  25. Alicia Cross says:

    The summer camp adventure club is a great idea. I love the idea of weekly themes, it makes getting supplies together a lot easier. It is perfect for our family.

    Happy summers for us mean making lunch with whatever is ready in the garden, lots of trips to the library for summer reading programs and braving the hour plus drive to the beach just to feel the sand between our toes.

  26. Rosie Callaghan says:

    What a FAB idea! We are always looking for inspiring projects over the summer holidays. Thank you for the chance to win a subscription 🙂 x

  27. kelly jo says:

    My 5 yr old daughter spends all day in my craft room, finding new things to cut, glue, create, so I know she’d love this!

  28. Jodi G. says:

    I babysit two sons of a newphew three days a week as well as my grandson sometimes. This sounds like a super idea. I’m very big in helping the kids to use their imaginations. I love to see them create. I also like to have the kids help, hands on whenever possible.

    Thank you for a neat giveaway and a chance to win.


  29. Jennyroo says:

    We make a list at the start of summer of all the things we would like to do, and then have fun ‘checking them off’ all summer long. Even simple things like ‘have a picnic in the park’ or ‘eat popsicles outside’ or ‘make s’mores’ go onto the list.

  30. Nancysue says:

    Each Friday night during the summer, the family brainstorms at dinnertime on ideas for “week of projects”. On monday morning, I fill up my 4 yr old son’s backpack with items as clues to guess what the area of study will be for that week…(or a 3 day mini project and a 2 day free-time project (ie errands). Living so close to county nature programs and great urban museums, we are blessed to live in our location and have a short trip to see world class museums.Great question…love reading what others have written!!

  31. Anya says:

    When I start a new project in the summer, I typically buy/bring along materials for my kids to create their own similar project. Usually if they see me doing something, they want to too. Last year they learned embroidery. This year….TBA. I better give it some thought as summer is coming!

  32. Cary Neess says:

    This is fabulous, what a great idea!! My kids would love it, they love doing creative things but I run out of ideas that are age appropriate.

  33. Heather says:

    We are always looking for new and fun crafty ideas and I like the idea of adding a theme to it, I think this would be great fun!

  34. nopinkhere says:

    I try to alternate regular days at the pool/splash parks with kids programs and about 1 camp per month for my oldest, for the fun part. I try to make sure we read lots and keep up with math and handwriting/story writing for the not losing school progress part.

  35. Kelli says:

    This sounds so fun! We spend a lot of our summer in our pool. My kids LOVE to stay cool in the pool. But we also spend time at our library, travel, and this summer my daughter will be playing all-stars for our local softball team! It’s her first year in softball and she’s very excited.

  36. Julie says:

    This looks like fun

  37. Karen says:

    Sounds perfect for my daughter! She just received her first sewing machine for her birthday and is ready for a bunch of projects.

  38. Rae says:

    That’s a fantastic idea- my boys could definitely use something like that.

  39. Eve says:

    I need something like this for my kids!!!

  40. Jesse says:

    I try to alternate one day with an activity planned – could be a friend over or going out somewhere with a day at home for unstructure play and opportunity to do projects etc. seems to pan out pretty good for keeping my 4 and 6 year old from getting bored and means the baby and I don’t get too overwhelmed with being out all the time.

  41. Stacy says:

    We homeschool year round, so we just make sure we do a bit more of the fun lessons in the summer time. That and much beach time! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. Jen V says:

    We have weekly playdates with friends. We visit a different park each week for variety. Our city recreation program also provides art projects in the parks. Mostly we just head outside and find some way to get dirty or wet or both!

  43. Bethany says:

    well with four kids I am always looking for idea that would keep them entertained without having to do electronics or me having to be there at all times. I want them to be creative and free and have fun! This sounds really really fun…..

  44. Melanie says:

    This sounds like fun! A great way to keep the kids busy.

  45. I’ve got two kiddos – one autistic… So our summer fun involves LOTS of arts and crafts and science projects – her two favorite things. I’m always looking for new ideas to keep her focused and work on her social skills with friends and family. This summer camp program seems like such a good fit for us! Lots of opportunity for all of us to be creative, discuss what we’re doing and have some family fun with both kids!

  46. Nadine says:

    For fun in the summer, we love hiking new trails, lying on the beach, playing at the park, visiting our local pioneer village, and going on lots of picnics!

  47. JJ says:

    Cool, I’d love to do this with my son!

  48. Happy summers are all about time together 🙂 We like to make projects– especially messy ones that take us outside. And of course, we like to play outside in the kiddie pool and on the slip-n-slide 🙂

  49. Megan S. says:

    What a great idea! Would love to win this for my 5 & 7 year old! I try to schedule one thing for almost every day, even if it’s just a brief activity, so we have motivation to get dressed and out of the house, but then give them some freedom to entertain themselves for the rest of the day.

  50. Sara says:

    My oldest little one is a fish out of water. She could spend all day, every day in the pool. Our youngest (only 9 months) I’m sure will follow in her foot steps as soon as she can. 🙂

  51. Melissa says:

    We have an incredible library near us with concerts and kid programs all summer long. We read, camp, craft along with a couple of trips. So happy to have my girl home for the summer. She’s already spotted this tutorial and wants to try it!

  52. Amanda says:

    We are always looking for summer activities. My oldest has special needs and we struggle to find things that he can do and will want to do.

  53. Morgan says:

    Ooh this sounds so cool! My oldest is 3 1/2 and just about ready for preschool fun. 🙂

  54. Melanie C says:

    This looks like such a fun camp idea! My boys love trying new stuff!

  55. Cayce says:

    What a neat idea! I try to have some secret crafts and activities to grab from when the weather’s bad or it’s just too hot to play outside. This year I am adding to that a summer bucket list for the kids to add to. Seems they want to do a lot of their own cooking this summer. Awesome.

  56. DebbieKL says:

    Very cool! We try to keep busy outside and stay off the PC during the day. Rainy or sick days are sometimes an exception though. 🙂

  57. BeccaMcK says:

    How fun is this. My boys would love this!! (And mom would love not having to think all these creative things up!!)

  58. Amy says:

    This would be so awesome for my boys (2 and 6 y/o). We go to the beach a lot for shell and treasure collecting, and my 6 y/o joins our library’s summer reading program. I try to fit in fun little crafts as much as possible.

  59. Alli says:

    My oldest isn’t in preschool yet, so his school year is the same as his summer. 😀 We recently got baby bike seats so we can go bicycling as a family, though!

    Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  60. Meghan says:

    I try to provide lots of library trips and access to materials for fort-building and other games they create.

  61. Andie d says:

    We have a summer bucket list and try not to over schedule ourselves!

  62. Jen says:

    This would be great since we are traveling so much we don’t have time and can’t afford our regular summer camp.

  63. Tasha says:

    We live pretty much outside during the summer months! Beach, front yard picnics, swimming lessons, playing with friends, repeat.

  64. Hettie says:

    So looking forward to having my girlies home this summer. Only 2 more weeks! My youngest has special needs, so we’re really looking for ways to make sure she doesn’t lose skills. Maybe this is just the thing!

  65. aSprinkling says:

    My kids would love to have some fun summer ideas! This is not my strong suit, so this “camp” would be great!

  66. carriem says:

    what fun.. last year I made sure we had the makings for some flashlight tag!

  67. Kristin S. says:

    Wow – this looks like so much fun. My daughter would love this!

  68. jessie hansen says:

    This is the first time I’ve had a “summer” with my kids because this has been the first year and of my kids have gone to school. I am excited! What fun things can I do with them to make it SUMMER! and not just another 3 months of the year?

  69. Heather says:

    That sounds so great! My girls would love to craft through the summer. The best way to keep my girls happy is lots of visits to Grandma’s pool.

  70. Margaret says:

    Looks like it could be fun for mom, too!

  71. sangeetha says:

    For my kids summer is all about water, sandbox, playing and exploring outside

  72. Tracy says:

    Just like you, I like to have plenty of art supplies, craft ideas, and books to read. Throw in a few trips to the zoo or the aquarium and that makes a great summer!

  73. *Kate says:

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this summer vacation. My daughter is in Kindergarten this year and as she is my only child, we don’t really have any patterns to follow that will keep us inspired for the days off of school. I feel so blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mom, but I feel like we’re at a great risk this summer of watching too much tv. I do sign her up for activities here and there, but I don’t like summer to be so much go, go, go as I feel there is so much value to be able to have flexibility in your day and there are some good lifelong lessons that come along with not having to be busy at any moment.

    At any rate, I’m excited to learn about this giveaway and would absolutely love the opportunity to give it a try. Thanks!

  74. Ros says:

    This looks like a perfect way to avoid the ‘I’m boooored’s’ from my littles!

  75. Kristin says:

    How creative and exciting! I too want to give my kids the summer they remember all through the school year but it gets hard to come up with all the ideas!!! 🙂

  76. Emily says:

    What a great idea! We always go a little crazy over the Summer because the New Orleans heat can get brutal. So we perfected the art of air conditioned mini-vacations: we go to the mall and run around (pet store cuteness, smell the bath bombs, try on pretty shoes – don’t buy anything!) we go to the bookstore and play with the train set, hotel lobby hop and of course the library.

  77. susan says:

    I love the idea of a “summer camp” from home and at our own pace! I also appreciate that it includes ideas for older children as my children are 4 and 8. Thanks for the chance at yet another great giveaway 🙂

  78. Lori says:

    This looks fantastic! What an inspired idea. I’d love to be entered in the drawing! Thanks! 🙂

  79. Jeannette says:

    My daughter would LOVE this “camp”. She is always looking for a kid friendly fun crafty idea. 🙂 Keeping her busy in the Summer is pretty hard, so we wear her out with lots of swimming, riding, etc.

  80. Mhairi says:

    What a brilliant idea. I love this idea of inspiring kids to be crafty and active. I also love the “Caine’s Arcade” story – such a great kid – I wish I lived in the US, I would travel the length and breadth to see his arcade.

  81. Olivia says:

    I’m at home with my young boys all summer because I’m a teacher. Having some fun ideas will help me make the summer fun for them!

  82. Jess says:

    Super cute garland! This summer I’m hoping to take my kids on a few weekly trips – like to the library or the park – and then more fun adventures once or twice a month, like to the zoo or a local museum. 🙂

  83. Becky says:

    I try to give my kids new and interesting materials every few days then step back and let them explore…they always come up with things I never would have thought of if i directed the activities.
    Beckymac1 at hotmail dot com

  84. anna says:

    This would be perfect for my kids!

  85. Joy says:

    Last year we had out summer bag. I wrote out summer activities on small pieces of paper and each weekday we pulled two out and picked the one we wanted for the day. Everything from ice cream for dinner to catching frogs.

  86. Jen says:

    We create summer fun in lots of ways. Lots of time at the pool, hiking, tons of arts and crafts, and a lot of just plain fun.

  87. Jill says:

    Sounds like great fun!

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