Thursday, July 28, 2011

Backyard Camp-out

Last night we had a back yard camp-out. Both Daddy and myself are on vacation and it was a nice night out. Alex was so excited.

While it was still light out we made some toilet paper/ paper towel roll owls. I was inspired to make these from Frugal Family Fun's blog post. I simple collected the paper tubes, folded the top to create the owl's ear tufts. Instead of painting them we used colored tissue paper and decoupaged them. After we added some googly eyes, beaks and wings. Daddy's owl is the really tall one with the crazy "feathers," he said his was molting. LOL Even Grammy joined in on the craft. Her's is the cute purple and blue one on the right.

Afterward we built a fire and made S'mores. Alex wanted to eat each part individually.

It was dark out then, so we had some glow stick fun. We made a awesome glow stick lantern that I saw on Pinterest original post by Little Blue Boo. I simply cut open a couple of leftover glow sticks and dumped the contents of them into a jar. Instant lantern.
Alex also had a glow stick wand that made some interesting photos. When I shot them on a low shutter speed.
After a fun night it was time for bed, and we all crawled into the tent and went to sleep to the sound of crickets chirping and a cool summer breeze blowing through the trees.


  1. It's lovely to have a backyard. We live in an apartment and recently camped in the lounge room... Still fun, but nowhere near as exciting as outdoors. That last photo is amazing!

  2. What a wonderful family night! Love it! Thanks for linking it up at our Outdoor Play party!

  3. First of all, I'm in awe of your tent. My boys would go crazy for that tent! The little owls are absolutely adorable and the lantern is such a cool idea.

    Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday!
    Have a great weekend : )

  4. I love your crafty's so nice to discover another great preschool blog! I didn't know you could dump out glow sticks....that sounds awesome.

  5. Hi Emily,
    Just wanted to let you know that the Outdoor Play Party will be making a comeback tomorrow (Friday) - would love to see you back sharing some more of your wonderful ideas for playing outdoors!