Camping projects add fun and variety to a homeschool camping unit. Simple, kid-friendly activities help children get into the camping spirit. Best of all, several of these creations are useful on real camping trips, so kids will feel industrious as they make something from which your whole family can benefit.
- Make a sit-upon for a water-resistant cushion to sit on during your next camping trip. Fold an old towel into a square that is about 12 inches wide. Wrap the towel with a plastic shopping bag. Cover the towel with completely with duct tape to make the sit upon water resistant. If you’d like, add a rope handle with which to carry the sit-upon.
- Cook indoor s’mores. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place graham cracker squares on a baking sheet. Top each with a piece of chocolate and a marshmallow. Bake the s’mores for three to five minutes. When the marshmallows are puffy, remove the tray from the oven, and top each s’more with an additional graham cracker square.
- Assemble a first aid kid. A empty baby wipes box or a school supply box is a good size for an on-the-go first aid kit. Include items such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, tweezers and elastic bandages.
- Prepare fire starters. Scoop a bit of petroleum jelly into a disposable bowl. With your fingers or a plastic spoon, roll cotton balls in the petroleum jelly until they are completely covered. Remove the cotton balls from the bowl, and store them in an empty film canister or a resealable plastic bag. When camping, place a few fire starters under your kindling before lighting the fire.
- Build a pretend fire. Use four toilet paper tubes or two paper towel tubes for the firewood. If you use paper towel tubes, cut them in half. Arrange the tubes in a square shape, with two parallel tubes forming a bottom level and the other two tubes on top of those. Glue the tubes together. Completely color two sheets of white tissue paper with patches of red, yellow and orange marker. Spritz the paper with water, so the colors blend together. When the paper dries, stack the two sheets, and pinch them together in the middle. Stuff the paper into the firewood frame.
These projects use common household items, but if you need supplies, visit your local craft store. Hobby Lobby is at 3433 North University Street, Peoria, Ill., and Michaels is at 5212 N Big Hollow Road, Peoria, Ill.
Camping projects help children learn what camping is like. Hands-on activities help kids pretend they are on a campout or prepare children for a real camping adventure. These projects will add an element of fun to your next homeschool camping unit.