Summer Camp Care Packages Any Kid Will Love
What's in Your Box?
Screen time isn't the only way to keep mini people busy and quiet on a rainy afternoon or an early Sunday morning. Fill a box with lo-fi toys, books, and art supplies to entertain them for hours in the cabin bunks.
From top: Second Big Maze Book, $7, barnesandnoble.com
. How to Draw a Chicken, $11,
. Eco-Kids Eco Dough, $20 for 5 containers,
. Ento Botanical Field Press, $20,
. Creatology Sidewalk Chalk, $5 for a set of 52,
. Haba Terra Kids Beaker Magnifier, $4,
For the Budding Artist
Your creative camper may be taking arts and crafts classes, but she'll be thrilled to have a few art supplies and activities to experiment with in her downtime. Put together a package of kid-friendly tools and instructional kits to get her creative juices flowing.
Design Your Own Backpacks
Friendship Bracelet Kits
Filled with detailed instructions, this book will guide your daughter in making friendship bracelets that she can wear or give to new pals. Include a pack of fluorescent floss for a bright alternative.
DMC "Friendship Bracelets 101" Book and Prism Floss Pack, $13, Kmart
Use berries and chopped stone fruit to make a variety of fruit leather flavors. Your son will have plenty of these sweet treats to share with bunkmates.
Your camper will pick up tips, tricks, and inspiration for painting her nails with this creative kit. It includes a photo instruction book and six shades of water-soluble, nontoxic colors that peel off without polish remover.
"Nail Art," $22, Klutz
Homemade Scrapbook Kit
A scrapbook is a handy place for your daughter to collect mementos as stays at camp. Assemble a scrapbook kit with a binder, sheets of 8" x 11" card stock, and clear sheet protectors. Organize pre-punched shapes and stickers in clear pocket pages and include a zipper pouch filled with tools, a glue stick, and pens.
Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Smooth Finish 1" Binder in Red, $13, Staples
Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Secure-Top Sheet Protector 1 Pocket, $4, Staples
Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Secure-Top Sheet Protector 4 Pockets, $4, Staples
Martha Stewart Crafts Stickers, $2-$7, Michaels
Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Zipper Pouch, $3, Staples
Martha Stewart Crafts Small Glue Stick, $3 for three, Michaels
For the Bookworm
Though summer camp boasts a flurry of group activities, your book-lover can spend his quiet time diving into the adventures between the pages. Fuel his need to read with a personalized package of age-appropriate novels and reader-friendly tools.
If your ravenous reader isn't out like a light at bedtime, she can use one of these small lamps to illuminate a book under the covers without disturbing other campers.
Clockwise from top left:
Petite Poise Book Light in Red, $9, Perpetual Kid
Lego LED Clip on Light/ Head Lamp, $12, Perpetual Kid
Black Cat LED Crank Flashlight, $10, Kikkerland
Super Bright LED Booklight White, $9.50, Kikkerland
Your camper and his bunkmates can personalize these blank bookmarks with drawings and doodles.
Recollections Blank Bookmarks, $3.50 for 50,
Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Classic Smooth-Finish 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Blue Journal, $10, Staples
Martha Stewart Crafts Colored Pencils Set 36 Pack, $18,
Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Novels
Puffed Rice Trail Mix
This crunchy trail mix includes a healthy blend of pumpkin seeds, sesame sticks, and roasted peas that your camper will love munching on.
Bare Books Journals
With plain white covers just begging to be decorated, these journals are a perfect place for your daughter to record her camp memories.
To create a storage spot for pens, sew a simple loop out of felt to encircle the front cover. Then stitch a pocket on the loop and tuck a couple of pens inside.
Portrait Blank Bare Books, $1.75 per book, Bare Books
For the Gamer
If his game face is always on, then your camper will certainly enjoy this package of interactive games and activities. Send a mix of things that he can play alone and with friends to ensure he stays entertained throughout his camp stay.
Board Game Playing Cards
Summer Camp Mad Libs Junior
The whole bunk can participate in this camp-themed edition of Mad Libs, which features silly fill-in-the-blank scenarios to make kids laugh out loud.
Summer Camp Mad Libs Junior, $2, Barnes & Noble
"The Book of Cards for Kids"
Featuring an oversize deck of cards that's easy for small hands to hold, this kit includes 35 kid-friendly card games that your daughter can play alone or with up to five other campers.
"The Book of Cards for Kids," $14, Workman Publishing
For the Adventurer
Camp offers plenty of adventures, but your camper might enjoy having his own tools for a solo mission. Send a package full of everything he'll need for explorations in the water, in the woods, or by the campfire.
Adventures can take a toll on your camper's skin. Make sure she's ready for anything, from daytime swimming to evening campfires, with skin care products like insect repellant, sunscreen, and lip balm with SPF.
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Lotion SPF 45, $11.99, Neutrogena
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Stick SPF 70+, $8.99, Neutrogena
Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother, $10, Burt's Bees
Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent,$8, Burt's Bees
Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting Lip Balm, $4, Burt's Bees
Campers will never know that you sneaked a few healthy ingredients like orange juice, apple juice, and figs into this dessert. Be sure to send enough for sharing!