Monday, July 25, 2011

Let's Go Camping!

Make Banana Boats

If you’re having a campfire (you can do them on a coal BBQ too) be sure to help your kids make banana boats.  

1. First, peel back one side of the banana (about ½ inch) without removing it completely.  It should look kind of like a canoe!

2. Scoop our out about half the banana

3. Fill the space in the banana with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips
4. Put the flap back and wrap it in tinfoil

5. Set it on the coals for about 10 minutes

6. Unwrap carefully and enjoy!

Have a Scavenger Hunt

Make up a list of things for kids to go out and try to identify.  Be sure to tell them not to actually collect these things, since we know not to disturb nature, but to simply check them off or even take pictures of them!  Find different types of bugs or animals, a smooth rock, a marshmallow roasting stick, etc.  Be creative and even silly! 

Get Messy

Camp is a great time to try a messy craft or activity.  Before you leave, pick up a tie dying kit or some finger paints.  Let them put on their bathing suits and then just jump in the lake for cleanup! 

Learn New Songs

No one has a bad voice when they’re around a campfire!  Print off some fun camp songs, or teach them some you remember from your childhood.  Be sure to make a mix of slow quiet songs and big action songs! 

Sleep in a Tent

Even if you’re staying in a cabin or RV, spending a night in a tent is something your kids will certainly look forward to.  Teach them how to set it up and on a particularly nice night let them sleep outside.  It will give you a little peace and quiet and give them a chance to experience a little freedom and adventure.


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