Last year, I made freezer paper stencils of bears for our first annual camping trip with our good friends. I created a tutorial for it, if you want to check it out. This year, we planned to go back to the same campground (even the same sites!), and the boys decided that they wanted moose this year. They turned out great. Our camping trip, not so much. We have had the rainiest/coldest summer here in Maine, and it rained all day on the Saturday of our trip. We decided to cancel, and we had a sleepover at our friend’s house instead. We did a nice climb up Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park on Friday, had sleepover on the rainy Saturday, and then went with them on Sunday to a state park on the ocean to have some cold swimming (ocean temp was 53 degrees that day!). When the Best Hikes With Kids book tells you that a climb is “moderate,” listen to them. I think it’s a great book, and the boys were able to do the hike, but it wasn’t easy by any means. Goes from 200ft to 800ft in half a mile. The boys felt very accomplished! K was like a mountain goat (he’s almost 7), it was a bit harder for J who is just five.
A small update to the tutorial however. I once again used the Tulip Soft paint. On the bottle, it had some additional instructions that I didn’t remember from last time. It said to hold a steaming iron about 2 inches above the image for about 10 seconds. I wasn’t sure what this was for since it didn’t give any further information. I didn’t think it was required for setting the image because it didn’t state that, but I wasn’t sure what would happen when you did it. So I decided to try it. It made the image all puffy and three dimensional. So, now we have 3-D moose!
All four of the boys really love their 2009 shirts, even if we didn’t actually go camping. They all still wear their bear shirts from last year too! I love it when you can see how appreciated your crafting efforts are.