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    Ideas for a preteen for summer

    Looking for ideas when I have my Granddaughter for a month this summer! We plan on doing a lot of camping so no electricity and I no longer have a sewing machine that she would be able to use there. I will come up with something in hand sewing for her but do not want her to be bored. Any great ideas out there?!!

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    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.

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    I have thought of that one gonna have to print off some templates and Find a box of scraps to throw in the camper
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    What kind of things does she like to do? What about different games and books?? Oh, just have fun and look out for poison ivy.
    Love to quilt and play with the great grandkids

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    how about yo yos. I love them for all ages. reading books, and cards.
    hiking and fishing is always fun.
    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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    She will try anything I ask her to she has no hand crafter where she lives and yes 2 years ago we had the poison Ivy experience! we did a scavenger hunt no more looking for red leaves in summer she ended up with it all over her face it was horrible!
    What kind of games can just 2 people play I am out of the loop on that one!

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    When our kids were younger and we went to the cottage, I always bought a couple if cheap kites. We would go up on the hill by the lake and fly them. If you have a camp fire, do the s'mores in a cone trick. You put marshmallows and choc squares or chips in a ice cream cone, wrap it well in foil and place on the grill or close to a fire. Pick up one of looms for doing the elastic bracelets. Both the looms and the elastics are fairly inexpensive at Wallmart. If she has a favourite author, pick up a couple of new books in the series to read together or by herself. Bring a package of playing cards and teach her a few games like Crazy Eights or similar. We travelled with a travel Connect Four game in the car. If you have a nice table. Pick up a puzzle you can do together.

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    What about making up a couple of cross stitch kits, you could both stitch?

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    My DGD loves her knitting loom (she was 10 when she got it) I bought the 4 piece size set when i had a 50% off coupon at JoAnn's --- That and a some yarn and you could make any number of things....get a jump on some Christmas gift stocking caps or scarves - even Xmas stockings. My DGD's here every day during the summer so we'll be loom knitting a few things again this year.
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    potholder looms were fun when I was a kid. Trivial pursuit checkers, and chess are two people games. thers a cute one that I used to play with my son, "Pass the Pigs" was a card like game played with little rubber pigs. puzzles. Go to a Target andlook for games that 2 can play. they have a lot of card type of games, even I SPY is in card form. I keep coming back to see what everyone is saying. I think yo yos is the crafty way to go. a few will make a hotplate or a hotpad. quick and easy. I love hexies, but might be too much for kid to do. Some Teen magazines would be a great surprise for her on rainy days too. hide them for that time. Teen people magazine on a rainy day will pass the blues.
    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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    Going to check into the knitting loom we used to do the potholders with a loom but we had cotton loops so they did not melt with hot items now they seem to be all nylon. Oh Lynnie I used to have that little pig game wonder where it went! I did buy a new rubberband loom just need to get more bands I live in a small town with no resources so I might have a day trip with her too!

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    I have seen jewelry kits at Walmart and similar stores. They look like they would be fun for a 10yo. Some are for braiding friendship bracelets, some are for making bead necklaces and bracelets, etc. if nothing is available in your hometown, perhaps check out these kinds of kits on Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    how about yo yos. I love them for all ages. reading books, and cards.
    hiking and fishing is always fun.
    I was going to say yo-yos as well. IMHO they are easier than hexies. And she can add them to jeans, bags, hair bands or just sew them to a hair clip. For a non sewing option get some paint pens and draw designs on stones or pieces of wood you find. You can take them home or just leave them in the woods for fun. Check Pinterest or google search for painted stones.
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    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

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    She is a great one for saying I am bored Grandma Ugg gotta have something in reserve to keep her busy!

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    Card games can be fun with just 2 people, gin rummy, slap jack, crazy 8s or teach her a favorite solitaire game.

    Take pictures from previous trips and make photo albums she can take home with her. It can be as simple as gluing pictures on Construnction and adding words and stickers, or as complicated as you want.

    That is the age I got my oldest hooked on Nancy Drew books she still loves them and all books my youngest on the other hand never did get a love for reading I tried it just never took.

    Gather sticks and make an outline of a hopscotch game and play hopscotch. Take jump ropes and make up games and rhymes while jumping. She can jump you can make up the rhymes.

    Do you have bocce balls? You can usually get an enexpensive set at places like Walmart or target.

    Take scrap fabric and Construnction paper glue a quilt together or make a wall hanging with them and the natural elements in your campground.
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    I visited my grandmother when I was about your granddaughter's age and my GM had started a latch-hook project. I finished it and had a blast.

    Board games like Scrabble are fun too!
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    I like the billi suggestion, she can make a fabric quilt and staple it together and leave for the next camper. will there be water near by to fish. I always loved that.

    the yo yos come in different shapes also. she may make square ones for the beginning of a quilt she sews everytime she's with you.
    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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    Zentangles are hot right now. theres some books on it. I bought my son (25)
    and some Micron markers and color brush markers to play with it. It's lots of
    fun and you can join in on the fun. look it up on you tube, lotsa fun!
    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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    Finger Knitting is fun for kids. When my dd was that age she made scarves for everyone.

    Or teach her how to crochet. Crochet was always easier for me than knitting.

    Books, bring some you read as a child and some current kids fiction.

    Press leaves and flowers

    When I was 7 my grandmother taught me to spin and my grandfather (other side of the family) made me a simple loom. I could make placemats on it.

    If you are on water teach her to fish.

    Pick berries and make jam.

    Get a rock hound book and identify the local rocks.

    Get a plant book and identify the local plants

    Same applies to birds, bugs etc.

    Build a bird feeder and see who comes to eat there.

    Create a recipe book of your and her favourite recipes. If you have any from your own mother or grandmother include them too.

    Take a photo of the two of you each and every day of the time you are together. Take pictures of your activities, with flour on your noses, dirt on your hands, snuggled up together, and in your swim suits, (even if you have not had a photo of yourself in a swimsuit in 50 years). Those will allow her to hold on to the memories for the rest of her life. I was lucky to spend 3 weeks with my grandmother when I was 16. She died 3 months later. I do not have a single photo of the two of us alone together.

    I have only one photo of me, my mum and my other Granny taken 6 months before she died, it was my wedding day. We did so much together (many of the things I listed above), but there is no photo record of it.
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    how about horseshoes
    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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    There's the bean bag toss. What about embroidery? WM used to have pillow slips kits with the pattern already stamped and ready to stitch. I don't do beading, but a lot of my friends do. They say it isn't hard to learn. How about hand sewing a mug rug? My 10 year old gd loves Rummikub (sp?).

    I love the idea about the tree, birds & insect books and identifying them. Wouldn't that be wonderful if you sparked a love of the outdoors for her. Bicycles would be good. Good hiking shoes for long walks. And I agree, get as many pictures as you can. This can be a very special time for both of you.
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    First, don't feel that you need to entertain her all the time. She needs to be able to spend time doing what she wants to do. Make sure she takes some books,or a Kindle. My Kindle will hold a charge for about two weeks if I turn off the WiFi and can be charged using a car charger. There are lots of free books out there so you can load it up before leaving home. Take some board games. Take a pack or two of playing cards. Teach her to crochet or knit, if she is interested. You two could learn together. Get one of those looms that you can make pot holders on. Get a book on rocks and minerals and collect rocks while you are camping and hiking. Get a books to identify birds, flowers, and/or trees. Learn to read a map and compass as you are hiking.

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    Thanks for all the ideas many of them we do every summer but this year it is just her for a while I have some new ideas now so will get busy putting together a Grandma and me box that she can bring out when she wants to choose something. I may put all the ideas on a slip of paper and have her draw one out for extra activities. We will be cooking and having plain old camping fun. A few years ago I made the kids a cardboard oven and we baked cakes and muffins in it. We had a blast!

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    How about stepping stones. You can buy kits or we used plaster of paris and lined a small pizza box with a trash bag. You could decorate the stone with things you collected while hiking but NO red leaves. Date it and make one each year she's with you. Make 2 and let her take one home with her. I like the jelly idea too. I was going to suggest hexies but I think the yo-yo's might be easier. There are lots of shapes in the yo-yo maker from Clover. I have a butterfly that I just love.
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