creative geekery virtual day camp: day 1

Welcome to day one of creative geekery’s first ever school vacation day camp! Each day you can come here to find fun things to do, a yummy recipe to make a great snack or meal and a book or two to read. Everyone is welcome to join and I hope you will invite other friends who might be interested as well. School’s out so it is TIME FOR FUN!

Here is what is on tap for today…

Something to do:

Download this 3D font and create something cool! Maybe your name or a favorite word. A favorite sport? All you need is a printer, some scissors and some tape. (If you don’t know how to download and install fonts, refer to my Fonts 101 post.)

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For the little ones:Gak!

Something to eat:

Smoothies are big in our house! My kiddos don’t really like fruits or veggies so this is a quick way to get a ton of GREAT stuff into them fast. Here is my recipe but feel free to improv:

  • 2 cups strawberry Kefir (it is like drinkable yogurt. They have it at the Big Y in our town but my favorite is from Trader Joe’s. You could also substitute regular yogurt and just add more liquid.)
  • 2 cups of frozen tri-berry mix (the one I get is strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
  • 2 cups of baby spinach (I swear they will NOT taste it)
  • 1 cup of water or orange juice (depending on your kiddo’s taste buds)
  • 1 banana
  • BONUS: add ground flax seed for added fiber! You can NOT taste it!

Like most things, this smoothie is more fun to drink through a straw!

Something to read:

One of our all-time favorite books as a family is Todd Parr’s “The Peace Book.” The artwork is amazing, the message is heart-warming. It teaches about difference and tolerance and love and peace in a super fun way.

I recently asked local book store owner Christie Michaud for some recommendations for the “day camp.” Here is one of her fabulous recs. Check back later in the week for another! This lady knows her stuff. (Sadly Christie’s business has since closed so I have removed the links to her site but her recs are still spot on!)

I would definitely have to say the Adventures of Riley series because I believe it to be an unsung hero in the picture book world. A product of The Smithsonian and The World Wildlife Federation, it fictionalizes the trips of real-life wildlife biologist Max in a way that is simply irresistible to kids 4-9ish. We started buying them in our home about 4 years ago after finding one at the library and they all remain go-to’s in our home, and points of reference for various scientific facts and discoveries in nature. The are absolute treasures! I will choose two as my top picks: South Pole Penguins, because penguins are insanely popular right now, and Mission to Madagascar, because its focus is on an animal I had never heard of before or since anywhere else: the aye-aye.


  1. says

    I like to add a dash peanutbutter and a small amount of protein powder. I just finiahed a yummy smoothie which was great after x-country skiing–in Cumberland!


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