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Summer Camp for Kids: Toy Camp

Summer Camp guest post by Amanda of OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids

Welcome to Camp! Yeah, it’s Summer Camp here at Make and Takes. But at our house? We’ve been having Toy Camp! And just what is Toy Camp? And what do do we do there?

Well, let’s have a look around, shall we? First, we’ll begin with a welcome picnic.

We set it up in a 9×13 pan filled with some leftover sandbox sand. Added a leaf blanket (you can’t tell, but the edges are frayed!), some mica plates and a berry lunch. Goofy and Mickey Mouse seem to be enjoying it and Snow White looks like she found a woodland friend, but the Little People Train Conductor looks a little preoccupied. Wonder what he’s looking at?

Ah yes, it’s Dopey at the Old Fishing Hole! He has a twine and twig fishing pole and green leaf fish (cut expertly by the Camp Director: me!). He hasn’t caught anything yet, but he’s patient!

As camp progresses, the Assistant Camp Directors (my 2 and 5 year old) decided it was just too hot for our poor toys to play. So, they set up teepees for some shade and naps. We found 3 thin matching sticks and tied them together around the top. Then skewered a giant leaf on the top of each stick for a perfect covering!

You can see Goofy really enjoyed his tent. They also added some extra branches for shade and another teepee by the fishing hole for Snow White to visit the patient fisherman, Dopey.

And it would have been a perfect day at camp if hadn’t been for the rain!

When was the last time your kids’ toys went to camp?

Amanda is a stay-at-home mom of two who blogs at OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids. In her former life, Amanda was a Children’s Pastor — overseeing, organizing and developing ministry for kids in nursery through middle school, but now that she is a mom, her “skills” are used up on her kids!


  1. Ooh – passing this onto my sister. My niece likes to send her rolly pollies down the Little People’s slide… she’d probably love this too!

  2. Absolutely love this post! When I was little, I made houses with my best friends- salamander houses out of mud, paper houses for pretend snakes, marker houses for our pretend Cinderellas (made out of highlighters)… so I really appreciate the imagination of your summer camp. It takes me back.
    Looks like they had a blast. I’m really wishing I could have come over and played, too!

  3. I love this! Reminds me of the turtle habitat my son just made for his pretend turtle – – but this is even better!

    1. Thank YOU! My kids would have made the camp bigger if I had let them. They wanted to keep adding and adding to it! They played with it for a looong time. :)

  4. This is one of the cutest ideas I’ve seen in a long time! I love Goofy’s teepee. what a fun idea to do with the kids.

  5. Thanks, Marie for letting me be a part of your Summer Camp! My kids absolutely adored their Toy Camp! They played with it forever—I had so many pictures of the toy’s adventures (for some reason nap time with leaf blankets was a favorite activity) this post could have been 3 feet long!


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