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    I like the suggestion about taking pictures. Digital cameras are so cheap now. I think it would make a great surprise present to have her own unless she already has one. She can always pretend that she is a nature photographer and take lots of pictures and you only need to print out a few special ones. I wish digital cameras were around when my Grandma and my Dad were still alive. I was a camera hound back then and I do have quite a few, but more would always have been better.

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    Good luck with all those suggestions...sound great...but they are not electronic...YIKES....(maybe you are out of wi fi range??)

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    Yes we rustic camp so no Wi Fi we usually do not allow the kids to play on their ipads or phones while camping it is a time to exercise and be outside! I grew up in a rural area and had tons of outdoor experiences my Grandchildren on the other hand live in the City and just sit and play games! Try to keep them moving when I have them here! We do play a lot of cards while camping and I have found a new "adult" card game to play this year- after the kiddos are asleep!!

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    One time when we were on a rainy camping trip in a tent (5 kids) ...my Mom taught us how to "sign" the alphabet and then we played at trying to guess what each other was saying. Something like that might interest her if you learn it together from a library book.

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    I got my DGD a rug hooking kit. Had the yarn and hook and stenciled pattern on the burlap mat. They love it. They bought more yarn later and made their own kits. Used colored markers to make their own characters. She may also want to bring some of her own things. Letting her help with different projects just sounds fun. My kids loved catching their own fish and frying it up. You can Google camping activities and see what they the list consists.

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    This is excellent idea. My aunt used to do this for the fun of it. If they went on a hike and wanted to be quiet, they signed. Ironically, after my cousin's little girl was 6 months old she contracted meningitis and it affected her ears. She became deaf in both ears. If they have to communicate across the room they finger sign the alphabet or are very discreet. who knew!
    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    One time when we were on a rainy camping trip in a tent (5 kids) ...my Mom taught us how to "sign" the alphabet and then we played at trying to guess what each other was saying. Something like that might interest her if you learn it together from a library book.

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    Maybe teach her basic embroidery, like redwork-? Or make bookmarks, decorate a picture frame, or making camping foods.
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    I just came up with a cool idea if any others of you have children that like crafts! We are gonna make a bunch of these. I bought two wire baskets, a small solar light and some tissue paper. put a hole in the top and put the solar light on the inside. wired the two baskets together. Cut the tissue paper in squares and using a brush I brushed elmer's glue on part of the basket and started adding squares of tissue paper. Once it is completely covered I will add a layer of Modge Podge and viola a lantern to hang from the camper. cost to me $4.00 next couple will only cost 3$$.

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    I have just discovered coloring books for adults. No they are not x-rated! they have more complex designs than children's coloring books. I have seen them online at Amazon.com and seen them in Michael's stores and even Joanne's (which also had Zentangle books). Add a big box of crayons or colored pencils and off you go. When my niece was little we would color together, she took one page, I took the other. My niece is an adult now. Perhaps I need to get one of the coloring books and invite her over! You can also google adult coloring books and get lots of choices. I also think sewing hexagons into a Grandmother's Flower Garden would be fun as well. Have a happy time with her and give her lots of hugs!
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    another great thing I used to do when i'd visit my grands was to listen to stories they tell. about time b4 tv and all day movies, and rumble seats and radio shows. she can take notes and she'll be glad she did.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    Another fun one would be to cut empty t-paper rolls in 2 or 3 inch sections & spray or hand paint them in different colors. Gather pine cones ,moss neat bark pieces & such from the woods. Then glue them inside the colored t-paper rings & make ornaments out of them. You can put a little cotton in for snow. The possibilities are endless.

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    How old is she?

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    Yo-yo kit! You can do yo-yos anywhere easily!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaly3162 View Post
    How old is she?
    She is 12 She made her first quilt with charm squares when she was 6 with a battery operated sewing machine at the campground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    How about doing hexagons for a Grandmother Flower Garden. You can show her how to fussy cut the hexagons, tack the backs and put them together into the flower shapes. You can wait to connect it the flowers into a top later.
    Exactly what I was going to suggest. You can pre-cut squares, just add 1.5" to the size of the hexies. 1" hexie would need a 2.5" square. 2" hexie would need a 3.5" square. Using hexies, you can stop at anytime. Make a mug rug or a full size quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    The painted stones are fun we found some lasty ear and made some of our own to leave behind. I am thinking a tick tack tow game on a log with painted stones. That will keep us busy for a short time! Maybe modge podging bigger rocks to leave behind also
    If in a National or state park, do not paint the stones.
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    I'm not sure if this has been suggested, but be sure to have her do some journaling. You could get her a plain journal that she could decorate the cover of (decoupage with those pressed flowers?) ... and leave room on some of the pages to insert those pictures of the two of you ...

    I love the ideas generated here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    If in a National or state park, do not paint the stones.
    No re camp at a rustic park no electricity but this one does have a flowing well with very good water! It is on a shallow lake so fishing is kind of out I do have Kayaks we we will be doing that on calm water days!

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    Mexican Train is real fun and you use dominos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
    Mexican Train is real fun and you use dominos.
    I will have to look that one up we do have dominos

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    Get a beginner book and teach her to crochet. This is a hobby you can do just about anywhere.
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    Teach her to applique or hand sew a grandmother's flower garden.

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    I personally love the journaling. I used to go to FLA to visit my grands when I was a kid.
    I wish I wrote the stories they'd tell and the recipes they did. no one has the family recipes
    I enjoyed as a kid, and my grandma was a great cook and made up a lot of her own foods.
    a pictue with the recipe would be great too. she can start a cookbook of her own.

    love all the suggestions, I keep coming back to see what's new.
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    I have a wooden game box that has checkers, chess, etc. add some sewing, etc... Also how about dying fabric using items from nature. (Berries, flowers, leaves, grasses).

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    Wow lots of ideas some we have done but a few new ones!

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