We recently went camping, and before we left we had a week of camping activities. We did some various preschool printables from here and here. Many I put into a display book and Jitterbug used a dry-erase marker to complete them.
We enjoyed a campfire snack. (Inspiration here.) Not as authentic without the orange cheese. (No orange cheese in Australia that I’ve seen. Is it a dye of some sort that makes it orange? Not even cheddar is orange here.)
We played camping bingo. (Found here.) We played during lunch, please excuse the mouths filled with crumbs. 🙂
We played with our camping sensory bin/diorama.
We made a pretend campfire by painting paper towel rolls and coffee filters. We ran out of brown paint for our logs and had to use some orange.
We painted those brown coffee filters to look like flames. Squeeze on some paint. Fold, smoosh and squish around. Unfold.
Love our messy mats! (I have the larger size but I don’t see them on their website right now.) So easy to wipe them down when we are done.
We made oven s’mores. (Inspiration here.) No graham crackers here that I could find. We tried these Malt biscuits instead. They were a little small and crumbly. (At first I could only find these little marshmallows. By the time we went camping I found some bigger ones, but they look more like marshmallow drops than the shape I grew up with. I also found a different type of biscuit that held up a little better. When we were actually roasting them over our real campfire it rained. Such is March in Australia, or so I am learning!)
The kids were unaware of the lack of graham crackers!
We took our campfire into our cave. I hid a flashlight in it, the kids were so pleased when I turned off the light and we could sit around our campfire. We read some camping books (our favourite was this Olivia book), sang some camping songs, and ate some s’mores. In the Olivia book one of the items on her list of things to do on a great camping trip is to find the perfect stick to roast marshmallows. This tied in with our afternoon perfectly, we found the perfect roasting sticks- pretzels- and roasted some marshmallows. (Sorry for the blurry pictures, lighting isn’t so good in the cave.)
These activities are aimed at Jitterbug who is 4.5. Ladybug likes to try her hand at the various printables and happily participates in whatever we are doing, and Skeeterbug loves to tag along too, playing any games and doing any art projects. But like I said, it’s really aimed at Jitterbug. He really enjoyed the afternoon we did the s’mores and the campfire. After we were done and I was cleaning up (and the kids were sneaking more marshmallows), I suddenly found him wrapped around my leg in a hug of sheer happiness. He was just having so much fun. So glad he enjoyed himself.
I find this type of thing exhausting to pull together but it’s such fun for the kids.
My camping pinterest board is here.