Tic Tac Toe SWAP

The next easy SWAP that I included in the SWAP kits I made for camp was a Tic Tac Toe in a bag SWAP.  If you have ever looked on Pinterest, you will find dozens of these SWAPS.  They are not very hard to make and this is not a new idea, but I hope you find the printable tag helpful.Into a 2×3 inch plastic jewelry bag place 10 pony beads (5 of each color) along with the tag.  Just be sure to write your name and troop number on the back of each SWAP tag.

Tic Tac Toe SWAP tag


I Spy Bottles

When helping our Tenderhearts complete the Stick Shifts and Safety Belts merit Badge, we created “I Spy” bottles.

Our troop has a very diverse group of Tenderhearts. This made creating a travel game a little more challenging.  My non-reading first grader would not enjoy finding license plates. My only child from a single parent home would not enjoy playing Tic-tac-toe by herself.  It is important to consider the girls and their needs.


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Olympic SWAP

Are you enjoying watching the Olympics as much as I am?  Most nights you can find my family in front of the television watching the various athletes compete.  I was reminded of a set of mini-gold medals I made for a previous Olympic themed campout, and thought it would be a great time to share them with you.  These would make great SWAPS.

They are super easy to make, but do require a few days of dry time, so be sure to plan ahead.

1 batch of homemade air-dry clay (recipe here)
Small round cookie cutter (1.5 inched in diameter)
A #10 decorating tip (or other tiny round item to make circle impressions)
Gold metallic craft paint
Small craft paint brush
Hot glue gun with glue
Rolling pin
Safety pins

Step 1: Make air-dry clay and allow to cool to room temperature. (Depending on the size of your circle cutter and how many you need you may only need to make 1/2 batch of clay). Recipe found here

Step 2:  Working with a small amount of clay at a time roll it into a sheet just under 1/4 inch think.  Using your round cookie cutter cut out as many circles/medals as you need.

Step 3:  Before the clay begins to harden, use the small end of a #10 decorating tip to create the Olympic rings.  You only want to make a light indention. Be careful not to go all the way through.

Step 4: Allow to dry at least 24 hours.

Step 5: Paint each medal with gold paint, being certain to get into the crevices of the Olympic rings, and the sides.  Allow paint to dry.

Step 6: Place a small loop of ribbon on the back of each medal with a little hot glue, and add a safety pin.