Had a Blast at Camp – a SWAP

The theme for this years summer camp was “launching a new beginning”.  I wanted at least one of my SWAPS to reflect the theme, so I made these tiny rockets out of oven-baked clay.

Oven-baked clay in a variety of colors
Exacto knife
Metal eye pins (found in the jewelry making section of the craft store)
Parchment paper
Baking sheet
Printable SWAP tags (here)
Safety pins
Ink pen

Step 1: Begin by kneading white clay to soften it.  Form a “log” shaped piece approximately 1/4 inch diameter. Cut into 1 inch pieces.

Step 2: After kneading the bright colored clay. Form a second “log” that is the same diameter as the white in step 1.  Cut into 1/4 inch pieces.  Add to the top of each white piece and shape into a cone-like capsule.

Step 3:  Roll a softened piece of bright colored clay into a very thin snake-like  piece.  Cut into 1/4 inch pieces. Press 3 pieces into the bottom of the log to form the fins.

Step 4: Insert an eye pin into the capsule of the rocket.

Step 5: Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake according to package directions. (275* for 15 minutes).

Step 6: While the clay is cooling, print the “Hope You Had a BLAST” SWAP tags on cardstock.  Cut along the dotted lines.  Write your first name and troop number on the back of each tag.

Step 7:  Attach a tag to each rocket with a safety pin.

Step 8: SWAP

Please remember that the metal eye pins will be very hot when you remove them from the oven.  I recommend adult supervision during the baking process.  I have also found that covering my work area with parchment paper helps with clean up.

I hope you have a blast making these SWAPS




One thought on “Had a Blast at Camp – a SWAP

  1. Our AHG summercamp this year also had a space theme. I was one of the Mamas teaching the 2 space themed badges and your badge helps on calculating the space for them to work in (the space in the book says 6X4) based on how many girls we actually had was invaluable. We had a blast at our camp too, and your SWAPS are adorable.

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