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New June 2012: Camping and Summer, Preschool Activities, Games, and Crafts. Summer is a time for camping out under the stars, snuggling up in sleeping bags, and roasting marshmallows over a campfire! This month’s theme offers a mountain of ideas for bringing the fun of camping into the classroom. Included are activities and games that develop literacy, increase vocabulary, teach math concepts, and spotlight the wonders of nature. Children count, add, subtract, problem solve, read, listen, write, match, sing, act, move, exercise, and more! So, pitch your tent right here and settle in for a learning adventure! Samples of our more than 97 camping and nature crafts, activities, crafts, games, songs, rhymes, coloring pages, and printables.

Free Camping and Nature Crafts, Preschool Activities, Rhymes, and Printables

camping craft and activities

Crafts and Activities

Camping Folder Games

Folder Games

Our camping trip activities

Camping Trip

Camping crafts

Camping Crafts,
Activities, Games

Camping Gear folder game

Camping Gear
Folder Game

Stars constellations activities

Star Constellations

Camping rhymes and songs
Camping Rhymes
and Songs

Nature materials crafts and activities

Nature Materials
Craft Ideas

Camping emergent reader booklet

Flashlight Fun
Emergent Reader

Camping Word Wall

Word Wall

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Free Camping and Summer Activities, Rhymes, Printables, and Camping Book Suggestions

Children have fun hiking or backpacking through the woods and then sleeping out under the stars. What about setting up a campsite right in your backyard?

Setting up the tent
If you don't have tent there are many easy ways to create a tent.

easy bed sheet tent Simple bed sheet tent for the backyard. Camping theme
Easy pop up tent Easy to make tents for indoors.


Camping Games and Activities

Play outdoor games such as tug-o-war or the classic sack race or just plain tag. What about some old-time classics as Kick the Can or Capture the Flag? Here are some other ideas:

Sand or Bean Ball Throws
Make some easy balloon bean or sand bags (see link below) and throw the bags into different targets (can, tire, baskets, box, rock, etc. Each hit gets a score. Add up the points for each player. The player with the most points wins.

Spiderweb Maze
Give each child a ball of yarn (different colors.) Let children unwind the ball of yarn in and out, around various objects - trees, bushes, chairs, posts, etc. After all the yarn is unwound, challenge the children to untangle the spider maze. Hand out a cardboard tube for child to hold on to for rewinding the ball of yarn while following the maze.

Blanket Ball
Hand out a blanket or bed sheet and a ball to a group of children. The children are holding on to the edges of the blanket with the ball in the center. Let children practice rolling the ball to each other or throwing the ball high in to the air and catching it.

Natur Hike
Now that your campsite is all set up, take a walk to a nearby park or forest preserve to collect natural materials like leaves, rocks, feathers, pine cones, etc. for craft projects or other activities. Here are some great ideas:


Nature Artwork Fairy House Nature materials bugs Nature Clothes Line
Use natural materials to
display on a clothes line


Leaf Sun Craft

What you need:

different kinds of leaves
Thick books
Decoration materials (gem stones, glitter, etc.)

Dancing Leaf Sun

What you do:

Collect different kinds of leaves. Press leaves by placing them inside a newspaper and cover it with thick books for two days. Add glue to the nonshiny side of the CD and arrange leaves all around. Decorate with gem stones, glitter, etc. Let dry. When dry, attach a string and hang the leaf art from a tree, your porch, or a ceiling.


Camping Food and Recipes

One of the best part about camping out is the food! Even the simplest foods taste better if they are cooked outdoors over a open fire. Here are some simple and yummy recipes:

Snake Bread on a Stick
Get a can of french bread and roll dough parts into a long thin snake. Peel the bark off one end of a green stick and briefly heat that end over the fire. Twist snake dough around the peeled end of the stick and toast over the fire until golden brown. Let it cool off and then pull it off the stick.

Octopus Hot Dogs on a Stick
Take a hot dog and slice it lengthwise in half but leaving the 2 inches connected at one end. You should now have 4 legs for the octopus. Stick a prepared green stick through the head (see Snake on a Stick recipe.) Hold over the fire until legs curl up and the hot dog is heated through.

Mix Bisquick and water until sticky. Fold around a preparted green stick (see Snake on a Stick recipe) and toast over fire until the dough is slightly brown. Remove the stick and fill the center with jelly, or a hot dog.

Banana Canoes
Pull a part of the banana peel back and scoop out a piece to form a "canoe." Fill the space with chocolate chips and marshmallow bits. Place the peel back on top and wrap in foil. Bake in the fire for just a few minutes.

Camping Printables, Coloring Pages, and Resources
Camping Scavenger hunt printables Nature Rocks Treasure Hunt Stars in a Jar Hand Shadow Puppets Camping Coloring Page

Around the Campfire

After dinner relax around the campfire. Sing camp songs or tell camp stories while roasting marshmallows. Play a group game or make hand shadow puppets. Another night activity that you can do is to watch the stars in the sky. This is both fun and educational.

Add-A-Noise Campfire Game
Sit around the campfire and choose someone to make a sound- a cough, sneeze, whistle, snap, click, clap, stomp, etc. The next person repeats that sound, adding another one, and so on around the circle. For smaller children make the sound(s) one time around the circle before adding a new one.

Camp Songs and Stories
Go to to listen and print out a large selection of camp songs.

Campfire stories

Camping Books
Bailey Goes Camping book Curious George Goes Camping book Fred and Ted go Camping Book Glow in the Dark Constellations The Graves Family Goes Camping

Bailey Goes Camping

Curious George Goes Camping (Curious George 8x8)

Fred and Ted Go Camping (Beginner Books(R))

Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations

The Graves Family Goes Camping

Maisy goes Camping book S is for S'mores Book Three days down the river book Toasting Marshmallows When we go camping book
Maisy Goes Camping: A Maisy First Experience Book S Is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet (Alphabet Books) Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe (Reading Rainbow Books) Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems When We Go Camping




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