Jamberry Summer Camp Post {Brown Paper Packages}

It's Friday.  It's summer.  And Summer Camp is here!
Do you have blogging idols?  I do.  And one of them is here today!
Say hello to Kierste from Brown Paper Packages.  This is one talented lady, and I LOVE this fun and yummy idea!
Hello Oopsey Daisy readers!

I'm Kierste, from Brown Paper Packages, and I am delighted to be here today.

I absolutely love Alison's Summer Camp series--what a fabulous idea! I Reading is a big part of life at our house, and we have many favorites.
One of our most-loved is Jamberry, by Bruce Degen. 
It's nearly impossible to read this only once through per sitting.  The words are utterly charming and delightfully irresistible.  I simply cannot tell you how many times we've read this book!  Every one of my kids loves it, and I have to admit, it's a personal favorite of mine too. I knew it would be perfect for this post!
What is this book all about?  Berries, berries for jam! So, what did we make?  Jam, of course!

Freezer jam is super easy to make, and oh so yummy.  In less than an hour you could have your very own homemade jam! It's also a really fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and enjoy an afternoon together. When you're done, share some with the people you love.  It makes a great thank you, thinking of you, or a sweet just because.

I like to use the liquid pectin...all you need is strawberries, sugar, some lemon juice, and the pectin.  I follow the recipe that is included in the box, and they are laid out in an easy to follow step-by-step manner.

I used half-pint jars--a great size for gifts.  If you're making some for your own family, and know you'll go through it faster, you can always use a larger size.

After my jam was ready, I made some fun printables for a lid topper and tag--perfect for giving!

I inserted them into a Word document, sized them to a little smaller than 2 inches, then printed them onto cardstock. I used my trusty 2 inch circle punch to cut out the tags, along with some scrapbook paper. I distressed all the edges using Distress Ink (Vintage Photo). Using double stick tape, I adhered one of the text circles to the top of the lid. For the tag, I taped two circles together--wrong sides together.  One side is the cute scrapbook paper, and the other side tells the recipient what type of jam it is, and how long it is freezer-safe.

Now you're ready to share...and to eat!

Printable directions:  Right click on desired image, and select save as.  Once saved to your computer, insert into a Word document (or similar) and re-size to a little less than 2 inches if you are using a 2 inch circle punch.

A huge thank you to Alison for asking me to be here, and to all of you for reading. I hope you'll come by Brown Paper Packages and say hi--I'd love to have you!
Happy reading!

A Little Hoot Kind of Day {Kiki Creates}

Happy Friday!!  Here to welcome the weekend is Kiki from Kiki Creates.  I adore Kiki's blog and her fantastic etsy shop.  I simply can't believe the inspiration that has come out of this Summer Camp series!  I am learning about even more children's books than I knew existed!  Kiki is sharing some absolutely adorable stuff today!

Hi everyone!  I'm Kiki from Kiki Creates and am super excited to be here for this series.  Oopsey Daisy was one of the first blogs I came across while blogging, so it is an honor to be here!  Kiki Creates is a blog filled with tutorials,free printables and the inspiration where it all comes from. I keep myself busy with my blog and etsy shop, but my greatest excitement and love for life come from raising my 3 little munchkins and being a wife to the best husband on earth.

I am so excited to show you the incredibly fun day my kids and I had recently all based on the book "Little Hoot" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace.  Have you ever read a book and said, "I want to have that day with my kids?!"  This is exactly what I wanted to do!

To give you a little background, Little Hoot is an owl like a lot of owls in so many ways except one. He doesn't like bedtime..and not because he doesn't like going to bed, but because he is an owl, and owls HAVE to stay up at night!  This fun little book goes through the activities his mom and dad get him to do to stay up as long as possible..and with that let me tell you about our day, which definitely ended up being:

based on the book "Little Hoot" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon {Today’s Fabulous Finds}

It's my favorite day of the week!  I have been so incredibly inspired by these fabulous guests, and their creative ideas.  I am hoping to do a roundup of story-based activities toward the end of summer.  If you have an inspiring activity/project/craft based on a story, be sure to e-mail me the link!

I {heart} our next guest.  Janet from Today's Fabulous Finds is beyond talented.  All I can say is I love ALL of her projects!  And guess what?  She is a nice person, too!  Be sure to stop by her blog.  You will be amazed.

Hello Oopsey Daisy Readers!  My name is Janet and I'm visiting today from Today's Fabulous Finds.  I'm thrilled to have been invited to share one of my family's favorite books with you at Alison's Summer Camp!

The book I chose is titled 'And the DISH Ran Away with the SPOON', by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel.  It has such a fun storyline and endless possibilities for activities too!

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Every night the rhyme gets read.  Every night Dish and Spoon run away.  And Every night they return--until tonight!
Where can Dish and Spoon be?  The rhyme can't go on without them, so Cat, Cow, and Dog set out to search for their missing friends.  But where to start?  Should they go north?  East?  Northeast?  They'll just have to read Fork's map, ask directions, and try not to get lost in Little Boy Blue's haystack or under Miss Muffet's tuffet or in Big Bad Wolf's kitchen--
"FEE, FI, FO..."
Oh no.  Could that be the giant?
-forward from 'And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon'
My kids and I (with my sister's help too) thought of some activities that you might enjoy that fit right along with the storyline of the book.  I suggest reading the book first, doing some of the activities throughout the week, and then reading the book again.  This time you'll have a map to follow and a fiddle to play!  We hope you have as much fun as we did!
Directions: Find a couple of boxes (or just one).  Trace around a small bowl or plate then cut out the circle.  Be sure to leave enough of the box so it will be strong enough to support the stretch of the rubber bands.  You can purchase a bag of rubber bands in assorted colors and sizes for around 50 cents.  Tape the two boxes together with duct or packing tape.
Decorate with stickers, glitter glue, paint, or markers if you'd like, or leave it plain like we did.  (Remember, it doesn't need to look pretty to be fun!)

Enemy Pie {I Heart Naptime}

Are you ready??

Woot!  Woot!

Today my friend Jamielyn is here sharing an ADORABLE (and yummy!) idea.  She will have your mouth watering for sure.  Besides being an incredibly talented blogger, Jamielyn is also an amazing person in real life! I'm telling you--this girl is a gem!  Go check out I {heart} Naptime for more inspirational ideas!


Hi Oopsey Daisy Fans, I’m Jamielyn from I {heart} Nap Time.

I had the pleasure of meeting Alison in real life and let me tell you she is just as sweet and beautiful as she appears to be! So I am so excited and honored she invited me to guest post today. Over on my blog I share DIY Projects, Crafts, Recipes and lots more!

When Alison asked me to post for her Summer Cam,p I browsed through my son's library and knew this book would be perfect! Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book)

This post is for those of you (or your kids) who want to become friends with your enemies. And for those of you who have no enemies and want to keep it that way! 😉

“It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy!”

“In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipe for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.”

“Enemy Pie is the fastest known way to get rid of enemies”

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Piggies Play Day {Sumo’s Sweet Stuff}

I hope you're loving these fun Summer Camp posts as much as I am!
Today I can't wait to share one of my favorite bloggers with you!  Sumo's Sweet Stuff is here with some adorable activities that I know you'll enjoy.
Hello everybody!
I'm Sumo!

I blog over at a little place called Sumo's Sweet Stuff. I hope you'll stop by and say hi sometime!
Sumo's Sweet Stuff

I'm just thrilled to be a part of Alison's Summer Camp; don't you think she is just the greatest?
When Alison asked me to participate, I was so excited to use my teacher brain. Alison and I are kind of kindred spirits; we both used to teach first grade!
Since my girls are both pretty young still (1 & 2), I knew I wanted to choose a book that wasn't too long. We love to read books at our house, but if a book gets too long, we lose interest!
I immediately thought of this book: PIGGIES.
The illustrations are just beautiful, and the text is simple, describing words; perfect for my girls' ages! Plus, it talks about using something we use every day - our piggies, or fingers!
(No, I don't usually dress my girls identical, but there are a few pieces of clothing they both have, so sometimes it's cute!)

The book talks about each finger as a different piggies: fat, smart, long, silly, and wee little piggies! These piggies are sometimes hot, sometimes cold. Sometimes clean, sometimes dirty. Sometimes good, but at nite time, they get mischievous and skip down tummies to do dances on toes. It's a darling book, and your kids will love seeing what their piggies can do!

Hey, share that book with me!

Oh, alright.

Dr. Seuss Comes to Summer Camp {The Creation Corner}

Are you loving this Summer Camp series as much as I am?!  Each week, I live for Fridays so I can share another talented guest with you!
I am thrilled to share one of my very first blogging friends with you.  Tasha is an incredibly talented gal who I absolutely adore.  I am DYING to share her idea with you today... I know you'll love it!  Go check out The Creation Corner for more creative ideas.

A well loved book at our house is One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  We love Dr. Suess.  The book is warn and weathered and as I like to call it..."Loved".   So, for our fun Summer Camp day we sat down to read and love this book one more time.

We started by reading the book together under our big front tree.   My favorite thing about reading Dr. Seuss books are the questions you can ask along the way.   They are filled with questions.  Silly, weird, fun questions.  It leaves room to ask what they would do.  Or if they would even want to do the things the characters in the book are doing.  I love the responses I get.

Then we got to work making these fun fish cupcakes that go along with the fish at the beginning of the book.

The fish cupcakes are simple to make.  You choose your favorite cake mix and make it according to the boxed directions for cupcakes.  Buy or make a white frosting, seperate into 2-4 bowls, and dye each bowl a different color.  Then use M&M's and different colored orange slices candy to decorate them.

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Pirate Play Day {A Little Tipsy}

Oh my friends, my friends.  I have been dying to share this latest and greatest Summer Camp idea with you!  Michelle from A Little Tipsy is a fabulous gal, and one of my favorite blog reads!  She's a blast in real life, too!  You're in for a treat with this CAAA-UTE idea!

Hello there! I'm Michelle from A Little Tipsy and I am so excited to share my Summer Camp idea with you today!

With a house full of boys we are all about the pirates these days! My 3 year old and his little cousin LOVE the new show Jake and the Neverland Pirates so I had to go with a pirate book, "How I Became a Pirate."

I really tried to take a lot of my inspiration directly from the book.

We started off by making "sand" castles out of rice krispy treats. I sprayed the table and their hands with non-stick spray, gave them a big glob and let them go to town.

Record Your Own Story Book {How Does She?}

It's Friday, so you know what THAT means!!
Today I am thrilled to be hosting one of my favorite blogs of all time--How Does She? These ladies know CUTE, and their simple ingenuity has always rocked my world!  I love this idea, and can't wait to implement it in our home!
Hi Everyone! We're so excited to be apart of the Summer Camp series! I am Caley from HowDoesShe.com. HowDoesShe is a team of ladies that love to collaborate ideas with others to be the best women we can be!
When Alison asked us to share a post about a childhood book, we couldn't decide on our favorite, but what we did realize was the real importance of reading to a child. The time that is set aside to have one-on-one moments and memories are never forgotten for a child, or the parent!
But, there are situations that arise when we are apart and those moments aren't shared...so we thought, why not give them a way to listen to us read to them if we can't be there! It's like their own book on tape read by their favorite reader!
Take a moment to record yourself reading a few of their favorite books on a cd or mp3 player. {Don't forget the "storybook voices", that's what makes it fun!} That way, they can turn it on when you are away and they need that comfort of your voice and love.
Along with reading their favorite books on the recording, why not take a moment to also tell them how much you love them. Express your appreciation to them, things they do that make you happy, why you love them, how they are needed in your life, you excitement for them and their future, and any other thing you wish to tell them that they need to hear. Can you imagine having access to something that would motivate you and make you happy every time you are down or feeling alone {as many children do once they become teenagers}. Enjoy making your children's books into words of love and motivation.
Happy Friday everyone!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie {Craftaholics Anonymous}

Hop on the bus and let's go to Summer Camp!
Linda is the perfect first guest of our Summer Camp series!  I had the pleasure of meeting Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous at Creative Estates, and she is a gem!  Also super talented!  This is one yummy idea.
Hi there!
My name is Linda, and I'm so excited Alison invited me over to play today!
I'm the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous. I hope you'll stop by and say hi!
Well, today I am going to share a favorite book at our house, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. I think the fact that it has a cute mouse AND a cookie in it, makes this book one of my little guy's faves!
To make this book more interactive for my little man, here's what we did.....
First off, we made Chocolate Chip Cookies {umm, no brainer!}

Chocolate Chip Cookies

{this is our fave recipe!}

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1-2 cups chocolate chips
Mix shortening and butter. Add both sugars and baking soda. Beat together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour. Place on greased cookie sheet and back for 8 minutes at 375 degrees.
While we baked the cookies, we read the book and did some of the other activities that the mouse does in the book, like:
*sweep the kitchen floor {yay for a clean floor!}
*draw a mouse picture with crayons and sign his name
*hang the picture on the refrigerator
*get a glass of milk
and then...... enjoy a warm cookie from the oven with that cold glass of milk! Yummers!
and if your kids are anything like mine, you'll have to repeat all or some of the activities.....especially the eating cookies part! haha
Happy Summer!!



Summer Camp Series

This summer at Oopsey Daisy, we will be having oodles of fun!
No doubt about it, summertime is filled with fun.
When, I think of summer, I think of lots of happy things.
Fireworks and popsicles; swimming pools and parties to plan.
I can hardly wait for summertime to finally pull up a chair and stay a while.
Beginning this week, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to join us for summer camp.  Each guest will be sharing their ideas to liven up summer days with an idea based on a children's story book.... a craft, a fun recipe, art project, play date, party, etc., etc.!  There is no limits to the creativity here.
Each Friday, we will be joined by a talented guest.  Are you ready for this all-star lineup??  We will be joined by:
These ladies are FANTASTIC!  I can't wait to see what they come up with!!
So grab a button, paste it on your blog, and tune in every Friday for loads of fun.


Stay tuned for later today...
I will be kicking off Summer Camp with a loud monstrous ROAR!!

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