Camping helps families create unforgettable memories and teaches them to work together to accomplish a goal. Through camping, children can learn first aid skills, practice cooking, become familiar with nature and get plenty of exercise. A homeschool camping unit brings the fun of camping into your home. Use the following ideas to give your children a taste of what camping is like. Don’t forget to end your unit with a campout, even if that campout is in your own backyard!
- HomeschoolCreations.com offers a camping preschool pack. Printables in this pack include matching activities, a maze, camping vocabulary cards and pre-writing practice sheets. A camping song is also included.
- 2TeachingMommies.com also has a printable camping pack. Items in this set include a puzzle, a shadow matching game, a graphing activity and size sequencing cards.
- Camping Bingo is available from MakingFriends.com.
- Write a paragraph about a time your family went camping. Illustrate the paragraph with a drawing or photographs.
- Make a list of animals that you spot on a camping trip or at a local park.
Play and exploration
- Set up a tent in which your children can play. Use a purchased play tent or build one by draping blankets over furniture.
- Camping toys can make a pretend camping experience more realistic. Purchase a set of pretend camping gear, or gather flashlights, sleeping bags and cookware from around your house.
- A set of child-friendly binoculars can make children eager to explore the outdoors. See how many bugs and birds you can spot through the binoculars.
- Spend the night in a tent in your backyard. If your children have not been tent camping before, this can be a nice way to get them used to the idea of sleeping in a tent.
- Go on an overnight camping trip. Visit Comlara Park in Hudson, Ill. or Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Goodfield, Ill.
In addition, read books about camping with your children, and complete camping-themed projects together.
Camping is a great experience for children. Whether your goal is to help your kids imagine what it would be like to go camping or to prepare them for a real camping trip, a camping unit is a fun theme that your whole family can enjoy.