Congratulations on getting your Camp-in-a-Box!

This box is piled high with so many fun crafts and activities that it is guaranteed to supply you with hours of good times! On this page are all of the instructions that you will need for the crafts and some activity ideas! If you have a different idea for something you want to do with the materials provided, go for it, and remember to send us a picture of what you did! Not all of the items in the box will have instructions, and that’s because you should be able to figure out what to do with them by reading the welcome sheet that came with the Camp-in-a-Box. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to send us an email at admin@campbigcanoe.ca 

Please note that these are all external links to third-party websites that we are not responsible for!

Friendship Bracelets

Get ready to make some beautiful bracelets that your friends (or yourself) will love! There is enough string provided in this kit for you to make any of these bracelets. You can click the link to find a video or instructions on how to make the bracelet! If you prefer to find your own pattern or style, feel free to do some research!

Chinese Staircase

Diagonal

Chevron

Rainbow Loom Bracelet

In this kit, you have everything you need to make a bright and beautiful rainbow loom bracelet. Depending on the size of your wrist, you may also have some extra elastics leftover. Have fun!!

Instructions

1.   Start out by making a figure eight onto your index and middle fingers

2.  Then place two elastics on top of the figure eight

3.  Take both sides of the figure eight and bring them to the top of your two fingers

4.  Add another elastic on top of your stack and repeat the action of bringing them to the top of the stack

5.  Repeat this process until you have reached the end of your bracelet

6.  Take your S clip that was provided and attach it to the bottom of your bracelet (the figure eight)

7.  Finally attach the final elastic to the other side of the S clip

8.  Enjoy your beautiful new bracelet!

Ice Dye Instructions

Time to make some super cool bandanas! There are a couple of important things you need to know before you start though. Whenever handling the powdered dye parental supervision is required, and you must wear a mask (not provided) + gloves (provided)

REMINDER! The dye is not edible, please do not consume any of the powdered dye.

What comes with this kit:

  • Powdered tie-dye
  • 1 bandana
  • 1 pair of gloves

What you will need:

  • Salt
  • Mask(s)
  • 1 bucket required
  • Cubed ice
  • Cooling rack/metal grate
  • Plastic wrap

Instructions

  1. Soak the bandana in a bucket of salt water over night.
  2. Empty the salt water from the bucket to use in the next step, or get a new bucket.
  3. Set up the metal grate on top of a bucket so that all of the liquid will collect into the bucket.
  4. Scrunch up the damp bandana into a loose ball and place it on the metal grate.
  5. Cover the bandana with ice cubes.
  6. Carefully (with the supervision of parents and while wearing a mask and gloves), take the dye out of the baggies and sprinkle it evenly over the ice, covering it. Note: You do not need to use all of the dye in the baggies.
  7. If you want a lighter colour, use less dye, if you want it to be darker, use more dye.
  8. Allow the ice cubes to melt completely with the dye and watch as your bandana changes colour!
  9. Wrap your bandana in plastic wrap and leave it out overnight (if you want it to be a little darker, let it sit in the plastic wrap for longer).
  10. Take the bandana out of the plastic wrap and then run it under cold water until the water runs through it clear. You will probably have to do this process a couple of times to get out all of the extra dye.
  11. Let the bandana dry, and then you are all good to go! Don’t forget to send us a picture of your creations!

Kick Shuttlecock Game

Get active this summer with this brand-new game! All you got to do is keep it off the ground by hitting it with different parts of your body! Learn some new tricks and get really good so you can show off your skills next summer! As a side note, I would suggest playing this game outside if you can so that you don’t accidentally break anything!

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO COMING SOON!!

Button Bug Craft

Create a new friend for this summer! Follow the instructions below to turn a bunch of random craft supplies into a new buggy friend. If you have a hot glue gun, that may be helpful (with parental supervision) but it is not required.

What comes with this kit:

  • 2 buttons (one big one small)
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 glue stick (from clothespin bird kit)
  • Wire

What you will need:

  • Scissors 

Instructions 

1.    Cut your wire into 3 parts – 2 large parts for the bug’s legs and 1 small part for the antenna (cut wire with parent supervision).

2.    Glue the small button on the top edge of the big button *do not cover the buttonholes*.

3.    Leave the glue to dry for 4 minutes.

4.    Fold the long pieces in half.

5.    Pull each end of the long wire through each buttonhole.

6.    Twist the two ends of the wires together to keep them in place.

7.    Bend the wires into leg shapes so that they can hold the buttons up.

8.    Do it again for the other leg.

9.    From the bottom of the small button – pull each end of the short wire through each buttonhole to make the antenna.

10.  Unpeel the sticker on the back of the googly eyes.

11.  Stick the googly eyes to the front of the small button.

12.  Admire your beautiful button bug, and send us pictures!

Finished Button Bug Craft

Camp-Themed Cootie Catcher

Hello everyone! We have included cootie catchers in this year’s camp in a box! This cootie catcher includes many possible activities to experience here at camp once we’re back in person and hopefully puts a smile on your face like you do for all of us here at camp!

Instructions for how to make the cootie catcher:

  1. Turn the paper over so that the printed side faces down.
  2. Fold all of the corners into the center.
  3. Flip the paper over.
  4. Fold all of the corners into the center.
  5. Fold the square you have in half (length or width ways).
  6. Unfold the square, and then refold it in half, but in the other direction.
  7. Stick your 4 fingers between the outer paper squares and the inner folded paper.
  8. Push all of your fingers together so that they meet in the middle and the cootie catcher is formed.

Instructions for how to play with the cootie catcher:

  1. Get the person you are playing with to pick either “Crafts” “M&D” “Redisco” or “Kayaking”.
  2. Open up the cootie catcher as many times as there are letters in the word they selected.
  3. Have the person select a visible number.
  4. Open up the cootie catcher as many times as the number they picked.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. Have the person select one more number.
  7.  Unfold the cootie catcher and read out the words on the number they selected.

Repurposed Crayon Crafts

This is a chose your own adventure kind of craft! On the one hand, you can decorate this golden ticket to your heart’s desire with the crayons. Make a name tag, a self-portrait, a picture of hart lake, or anything else that you can imagine! On the other hand, you can get fancy and melt some crayons to create some really funky art! Make sure that if you decide to go for option 2, you have parental supervision because there will be some hot wax. These instructions will focus exclusively on the melted crayon craft, but you can do whatever you want with this kit!

What comes with this kit:

  • 10 crayons
  • Elastic band
  • Golden ticket
  • Boondoggle (plastic string)

What you will need:

  • Hair dryer
  • Paper (or something to catch the extra wax)
  • Scissors (optional)

Instructions:

  1. String the boondoggle through the hole on the golden ticket and tie a knot.
  2. Peel off the paper on the crayons.
  3. Set the crayons up at the top of the golden ticket on the paper side in any order and then use the elastic to anchor them in place.
  4. Set up the paper/whatever you have to collect the wax, directly under your golden ticket so any excess wax will drip onto it.
  5. Hold up the ticket by the boondoggle (still resting directly on the wax collector) Note: it may be helpful to put something behind the ticket (i.e. a book) so that it doesn’t spin when you turn on the hair dryer.
  6. Turn on the hair dryer and move it back and forth over the ends of the crayons to melt them. BE CAREFUL WITH THE MELTED WAX, IT WILL BE HOT!
  7. Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the art that you have created!
  8. You can either leave as is, or cut off the top section with the crayons (carefully) if you would like.
  9. Enjoy your colourful masterpiece!!

Pro tip: If you are having difficulty keeping the crayons at the top of the ticket, you can use the hairdryer to melt the tops of the crayons a little bit, then carefully push them into the paper so that they will stick better.  

CBC Key Chains

Ready to make a cool new Camp Big Canoe key chain?? Everything that you need comes in this kit, just make sure to follow the pattern, instructions and video below! You may need some help from an adult or older sibling because this craft is a little tricky.

Instructions:

  1. Feed one of the boondoggle through the last key chain link, and then pull it through so both sides are even with the keychain in the middle.
  2. Put on a bead at one end of the boondoggle and have it rest right beside the key chain.
  3. Take the other end of the boondoggle and feed it through the bead (enter from the side that has the boondoggle end sticking out of it).
  4. Pull both ends tight, and then make sure both ends are even.
  5. Add two beads onto one of the free ends.
  6. Take the other end and feed it back through the beads.
  7. Pull tight.
  8. Repeat steps 5-7 for rows 3-8, just look at the pattern bellow to determine how many beads you need to add. NOTE: rows 5,6 and 8 require an extra step (step 9).
  9. For rows 5,6 &8, take one of the ends and feed them through all of the beads again (copy the path it went through before) and then pull tight!
  10. Do a double knot with the loose ends, pull them really tight, and then cut off the extra ends
  11. And there you go, your very own CBC key chain!

Bird Clothespin Craft

Hello there, ready to meet your new friend? You do have to make them first though, but don’t worry, because everything you need to do so is right here!

What comes in the kit:

  • 3 Feathers
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 Clothes pin
  • 1 Glue stick

Instructions:

  1. Take out all of the stuff in the bag and put it out in front of you.
  2. Remove the paper backing from the googly eyes.
  3. Stick the googly eyes to both sides of the clothes pin (side that opens).
  4. Grab the orange triangle (the beak) and remove the sticky backing.
  5. Attach the triangle to the top part of the mouth of the cloths pin.
  6. Grab the glue stick and rub glue on the solid plastic end of each feather.
  7. Stick one feather through one of the smaller side holes; stick another feather through the other small hole on the other side of the cloths pin. Then stick the final feather on the back side of the cloths pin.
  8. Give time for the glue to set and the feathers to stick.
  9. Congratulations on making a new friend! Don’t forget to send us pictures of your beautiful creation!
Finished Bird Craft

Origami

This year’s Camp-in-a-Box comes with everything you need to learn some Origami! We have provided 5 sheets of patterned origami paper along with instructions for 5 awesome ideas to get your creative ideas flowing! Feel free to look up other patterns on the internet if you want to try something else!

Jumping Frog
Paper Plane

Card Games

Are you looking for something to do? Well, look no further, because this year’s Camp-in-a-Box comes with a complete Camp Big Canoe deck of cards! By yourself? Then Build a house of cards, or learn how to play solitaire! Got some friends and family to play with? Then try out these games or play other ones that you know!

Solitaire (Single Player):

YouTube Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTG6EgEv1Ag

Link to Website with Detailed Instructions: https://bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/solitaire/

Shield (3 + Players):

Instructions:

The objective of the game:

•Eliminate other players and be the last player standing

Setup:

•Shuffle the deck and deal 3 cards, face down, to each player. Keep the rest of the cards in the middle.

•Each player takes their highest card (Ex. Ace: 14, Joker: 15) and places it face down in front of them. This is your shield.

•Place the other 2 cards face up behind the shield in a triangular manner. This is your health.

Turns/moves:

•The player with the lowest health gets to start, with the rotation going clockwise.

•Each turn, you have 4 options

  1. Switch your shield: You can check your shield at any point. If it’s low, consider switching it.
  2. Attack: Take a card from the middle without looking at it, and place it face up in front of the player you want to attack. When attacked, flip your shield over. If your attack is lower than the shield, it does nothing. If your attack is higher than the shield, subtract from the health. If the person you attacked has a power up (explained next), remove the power up, but only if it goes through the shield.
  3. Power up: Take a card from the middle and put it next to your health face down. You can only have one power up. 
  4. Attack with power up: If you have a power up and you decide to attack, you must use the power up. Take your power up and a card from the middle, place them face up in front of the player you wish to attack. Subtract the shield from the two attack cards, with the remaining total going up against the health.
  5. Keep going until one or more players lose all of their health, and then whoever is left shall be crowned the victor!

Spit (2 Players):

YouTube Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv7k6XYzgSo

Link to Website with Detailed Instructions:https://bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/spit/

War (2 + Players):

Link to Website with Detailed Instructions: https://bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/war/

Crazy 8’s (2 + Players):

Link to Website with Detailed Instructions: https://bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/crazy-eights/

Embroidery Flower

Instead of going outside to pick flowers, now you can make your own from the comfort of your own home! This craft can be a little bit tricky, so don’t hesitate to get help from an adult or older sibling. The needle may be a little sharp, so be careful and handle it with care.

What comes with this kit:

  • One black and white pattern
  • One plastic backing
  • One short yellow piece of yarn
  • One medium length green piece of yarn
  • One long piece of yarn (could be purple, or blue, or even pink!)
  • One plastic embroidery needle

What you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Knot tying abilities

Step One: Get to know your materials!

Take a look at your baggie; unravel your yarn, lay out your materials in a way that makes sense to you.

Looking at the pattern:

  • The stem of the flower corresponds to the green yarn
  • The square marked with the y corresponds to the yellow yarn
  • The petals correspond to the other colour of yarn.

Step Two: Decide what stitch to use

            There are two ways that you can stitch the flower. The first is a running stitch which simply means that you thread the needle over and under to make the design. The second option is to backstitch the design onto your plastic backing. The backstitch is more difficult than the running stitch, but it looks much nicer and makes the design easier to see. Both are explained in the videos below:

Backstitch: https://youtu.be/HLXjbX_dLq8

Running Stitch: https://youtu.be/W4nhj8kMpAI

Step Three: Embroider the stem

To start, tie a big knot at the end of your green yarn (3-4 knots).

Thread your needle with the opposite end of the yarn. Following the pattern, embroider the stem (19 squares long) with either a backstitch or a running stitch.

Once you are done, thread the yarn to the back of the plastic backing and tie another knot. Cut off the excess.

Step Four: Embroider the leaves

To start, tie a big knot at the end of your green yarn (3-4 knots). Next, re-thread your needle if it has become unthreaded.

Following the pattern, embroider the leaves:

  • The first leaf starts 5 squares up from the bottom of the stem
  • The second starts 12 squares up from the bottom of the stem

Once you are done, thread the yarn to the back of the plastic backing and tie another knot. Cut off the excess.

Step Five: Embroider the petals

There are a number of ways you can go about stitching the petals. You may individually tie off each one as you did with the stem and leaves, or you may keep the yarn running through the whole process (I recommend this option as there are less steps).

To start, tie a big knot at the end of your coloured yarn (3-4 knots).

Thread your needle with the opposite end of the yarn. Following the pattern, embroider the petals.

Once you are done, thread the yarn to the back of the plastic backing and tie another knot. Cut off the excess.

Step Six: Embroider the middle of the flower

To start, tie a big knot at the end of your yellow yarn (3-4 knots) and thread your needle with the opposite end of the yarn.

Next, bring your needle up through the middle of where the pedals meet. Start on the backside of the plastic backing and on the front.

From there, tie a knot (2-3 times) in the yellow yarn as close to the flower as possible.

Once you have done that, bring the needle and yarn back through to the backside of the plastic backing.

Step Seven: Finish it off

The last thing to do is tie off your yellow yarn on the back of the plastic backing. Once you have done that, cut off the excess yarn and you are done!

You now have a lovely piece of art to hang on your wall, sit on your desk, or even give as a gift!

Finished Embroidery

You’ve made it all the way through your Camp-In-A-Box!

Did you make something cool with your Camp-In-A-Box stuff and want to share it with the Camp Big Canoe community? Email us a picture, or post and tag a photo of your summer projects using #BigCanoeShares and then use #crafts, #music, #games, etc. to let us know what you are sharing!