The book, Willie Takes a Hike by Gloria Rand, provided us with ideas of things we need to stay safe while hiking and camping. Willie went hiking and got lost. Fortunately, he had his whistle with him. He hugged a tree blew his whistle until his rescuers found him.
We learned how to build a campfire by making candy campfires for snack one day. We used M&M's to make a circle. They were the rocks to contain the fire. Next we added coconut which was the tinder- small pieces of wood, pine needles, things that will catch fire easily. Pretzels were the kindling. Tootsie rolls were added last to represent the log that keeps the fire burning. We made sure we had a bucket of water (a marshmallow) close by in case the fire got out of control.
Fishing is quite often on the agenda when one goes camping, so we went fishing for letters of the alphabet. We caught plenty and thought of words that started with the letters on the fish we caught.
We sang, "Have You Ever Been a Fishin'?"
We acted out "Goin' on a Bear Hunt" where we maneuvered through mud and tall grass, swam through a lake, climbed up a mountain and back down again, and went into a dark, dark cave where we came face to face with a bear!
We played a game called "Grizzly Bear".
Grizzly bear, oh grizzly bear is sleeping in his cave.
Please be very quiet. Shhhhh!
Very very quiet. Shhhh!
If you wake him, if you shake him,
He'll get very mad.
As we sang, we snuck up on the sleeping bear, woke him up and ran for our lives!
We played over and over and over again, because we absolutely loved this game.
A camping trip wouldn't be the same without certain foods. We had watermelon- we sponge painted red onto watermelon shapes and then used our fingertips dipped in black paint to add seeds.
We used marshmallows for an open-ended art activity
and then, for snack, we used marshmallows to make s'mores.
The perfect combination of ooey, gooey, sticky!