set up a tent in the living room, or make a homemade tent using sheets, blankets strings.....anything! We hang t sheets in our the living room over the couches using string that we tie with thumb tacks to the wall. This creates a very large tent over the entire living room. Your kids will have a lot of fun helping you to set up the homemade tent. Be sure to fill your tent with the camping essentials... sleeping bags and flashlights!
(both images via pin)Campfire:
Make a fake camp fire using craft materials. I like to gather rocks and sticks from the yard ( or better yet, let your kids gather them for you) and use orange and yellow tissue paper for the flames. Build your fire were you can all gather around. This is a great place for story telling and campfire songs!
Decorate the room with any plants you have in the house, and place stuffed animals behind the plants, as if they are playfully hiding.
Menu:Dinner: Tin foil Dinners
Wrap your favorite chopped veggies, protein options, and seasonings in foil, and toss into the oven. Bake at 350 degrees until fully cooked. A meal fit for the most experienced of campers!
Munch on your camping favorites, we always have popcorn and trail mix!
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Activity:Go on a bug hunt. You can use glow in the dark plastic bugs,that can be found at your local toy store, or bug stickers, have your children walk around with flashlights to find the bugs!
Gather leaves from your yard. Apply paint, or ink to the leaves and stamp onto paper. These leaf prints will make fabulous artwork for you to decorate your home for fall!
Read:Gather around your campfire and share a story. Consider checking out a camping related book from your local library. I recommend;
- Curious George Goes Camping
- Dora's Camping Trip
- Maisey Goes Camping
- Matthew and Tall Rabbit Go Camping
- Otto Goes to Camp
- S Is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet