Oma and Opa Camp 2013

Posted by on October 3, 2013 in Oma and Opa Camp 2013 | 14 comments

Oma and Opa Camp 2013

Another successful Oma and Opa Camp this year with 7 grandchildren ages 4-9! We were wondering how the two new 4 yr. olds would do, but they had a great time and were very excited about coming! The theme was a “Western Round-Up”! I planned games, crafts and food around this theme.


By the way, Oma and Opa are the Dutch and German words for “grandma and grandpa”!

Oma and Opa Camp

When they first arrived, I took “Wanted” pictures of them dressed in a cowboy hat, stick-on mustaches for the boys and a red bandana. They chose what they were to be “wanted” for and the amount of ransom money. The next morning, I had the wanted posters displayed on the sliding glass door! Here are a couple of examples! For complete instructions on how to make these, go to the post on Western Crafts below.

Western Crafts


Western Crafts

Wanted Posters

Field Trips:

The first of the two field trips was a visit to a horse farm. A friend of ours was “Cowboy Gene” and he took the kids on horseback rides, showed them around his farm and even sang a cowboy song for them. I took pictures of each one on the horse and used those pictures for the Western Frame craft.

The second field trip didn’t have much of a Western Theme as we went to the Mall of America’s Aquarium. It did have “sea horses”, though! HA!  Not every field trip is around the theme. We just want the kids to have fun! They loved both places that we went for Oma and Opa Camp!

The rest of the time is spent around our place with Western games, food, and crafts along with swimming and lots of “cousin fun”!


I had a bunch of Western Games ready, but used only a few. The weather was absolutely wonderful so the kids spend a lot of time down at the beach! I go into detail about each game idea here. They included:  Snake Tic-Tac-Toe, Snake in a Boot, Yee Haw Slide, Rattle-Ski-Daddle,

Western Game Ideas

Western Games here




The Western craft ideas were: Western Bleached Shirts, Western Frames, Rope Coasters and Snakes. I always overplan in case of bad weather, so I had other ideas to do, too! Check out all the craft ideas on the link below.


Western Crafts here

Western Food Ideas:

I like to have food ideas that go with the theme and some that the kids can help put together and make. There was Cactus Juice, Nuggets, Armpit Ice Cream, Cowboy Pizza Pockets, Cowboy Bedrolls, Little Doggie Roll-ups, Cowpies, Western Omelets and Wagon Wheels!

I posted all the food ideas on my site here….

Western Food Ideas

Western Foods here


This year,  Gospel Light had a VBS curriculum called SonWest Round-Up. I found a church that was done with their VBS and they loaned me many things that I could use. They had some great songs that the kids loved so I used them during the week as well. They particularly liked: “SonWest Round-Up Theme Song”, “He Will Provide”, “Stronger Than Anything” and I ordered their reproducible CD and made copies for each grandchild to take home.

Go here for the link…

Bible Story:

We had a “Round-Up” time right after dinner for a Bible Story.

I followed the Gospel Light Curriculum and told the story of Moses and how God told him to go to Egypt and “round-up” the Israelites and lead them to the Promise Land. Just as Moses saved the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, God sent his son, Jesus to save us from sin. Jesus, God’s Son, is the only one that has the power to save!

Each child received a horseshoe nail cross to remind them of our Western Round-Up and how Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins. By accepting Jesus, we can have Eternal Life!

I found the horseshoe crosses here.

Horseshoe Nail Cross

It was a fun-filled, busy time, but so worth the effort. The connections with the other cousins were  great to see along with just spending time with them ourselves. Needless to say, we were very tired, but we survived and revived.

Another blessing is talking about the Bible with the kids and learning how they are understanding God’s plan for salvation! The memories are sweet, too! Of course, I make an online photo book for each child and send it a couple weeks later with all the pictures and memories of our time together. Go here for a free book.

Whatever you do or plan with grandchildren, you make great memories and lovingly give a wonderful positive influence on their lives that they will remember!

Hope this gives you some ideas to do with your grandchildren!

Phyllis (Oma)


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  1. Oh my, how wonderful for them. They will remember these times with you all their lives and will be eternally thankful! What a blessing the have in your being their Oma and Opa!

    • Thank you, but we are blessed by them!

  2. Oh Hi oma! If you happend to speak dutch then , wat leuk zeg!

    • Sorry, don’t speak Dutch, but have Dutch heritage and relatives in Holland.

  3. So much fun! What lucky grandchildren you have. I had to click over since my son has an Opa. Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays!

  4. Oma, danke for such wonderful ideas. Makes me excited for when I have grandchildren …. some day. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  5. Hi Phyllis! What lucky grandchildren you have! Those Wonderful memories are valuable beyond measure for the kids. I coordinate Vacation Bible School at my church, and it is quite a big job – how wonderful that you do a similar thing for your grandchildren. They must have an absolute blast! I hope to be such a wonderful grandparent when my time comes in a few years. God bless you! Catherine

    • We feel so blessed with our grandkids that we feel WE are the lucky ones to be able to spend time with them in this way!

  6. Phyllis, My husband and I have also done this the last few years, but felt it easier to separate the 2 older (6&9) and the littler ones 3×3 years old. We havent even attempted the 2 x 2years old!!!! I give you credit, as we have done 2 days only, and we are exhausted!!!!! Do you and your hubby still work? How do you get the energy for so many for so many days? Any tips for our next summer one (s) Not sure I am brave enough to do all 7 at once!

    • PS, I am Oma as well!

    • We didn’t have the kids until they were potty trained and able to go without a nap! It makes it a lot easier! Then you can go on trips and not have the diaper changes and kids needing naps! Yes, it is exhausting, but worth it!
      Until the little ones get older, keep it separate, but when they reach 4, include them with the older ones. The older ones will help out, too!
      Remember, it is worth it!
      My husband and I are retirement age, but my husband is still working from home so he can help. I do all the planning and he comes along and works with the kids, too!

  7. What a wonderful experience for those children! The influence you have on them will be felt for generations, of that I am sure.

    • That’s the goal! Thank you!

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