April 20 - 24, 2020: Camping!
Updated: Nov 9, 2022
I hope you all had a nice weekend and were able to get in some good playtime and snuggles! This week’s theme is camping! I hope that you find a thing or two that you can do at home with your family. I am missing you all lots and please give your little a squeeze for me!
It really tugs at my heartstrings that we will not be able to meet for the remainder of the school year, but I do understand it is for the best. Keeping the children and the community safe and healthy is the most important thing right now. This month’s dramatic playroom theme would have been centered around camping so I thought that I’d send some activities that you could pick and choose from to do at home! Just like all the others, all these activities are optional, no pressure to complete them. I would like to encourage you though to read together daily and play outside whenever you can can. Hope you are all doing well and stay safe!
Warmly, Rosalie P.S. One of our board members found this article about COVID-19 and I thought I’d sent it your way. It has many links that will guide you to resources that can answer questions you may have about coronavirus, how to talk to your family about it and keeping your family healthy.
Link to P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out Read Aloud: http://rebrand.ly/ccp-playgroup
Handprint Camp Fire
Set out red, yellow and orange paint and let the your child have at it! He/she can mix the colors or keep them separate. If he/she mixes the colors, discuss what new colors they are creating. Encourage him/her to stamp away, making the flames for the fire. Finally, using brown paper, crayons, markers or paint, finish it off creating the wood at the bottom. *variation- crumple up tinfoil to use as your stamping tool
Set out red and yellow paint as well a marshmallow for each color. It could be fun to use a stick as a handle for the marshmallow, but you could also use a fork, skewer or anything you have on hand. As they are stamping with his or her marshmallow, talk about the color they are painting with. Encouragehim/her to mix the yellow and red to see some magic happen and talk about it!
Night Sky Stamping Using Cookie Cutters
Letter Hunt Using a Flashlight
In a darker room in you home, tape up the first letter of his/her name on a wall or place them on the ground. You could mix in shapes, numbers and/or colors, whatever he/she is ready for. Turn off the lights and call out one item at a time. Another option would be to tape up all the letters of his/her name for a challenge. Have him/her identify them by pointing the flashlight on it!
Collect twigs, leaves, grass, and flowers to create nature picture! You could also write the first letter of his/her name, a shape or a number and use that as a template for gluing these items onto as well.
Build a fort to resemble a tent or if you’re feeling really adventurous, set up a real tent in your house or outside. Fill it with blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, stuffies, books, etc. Create a night sky by cutting out stars and dangle them from the top of your tent or add twinkle lights to give it a glow. Make a pretend fire pit out of fabric, paper, socks, anything red, orange and yellow. You could use a bucket to build your fire in, or place shoes, rocks, or socks as a protective boarder. Tell stories around the campfire!
Tell A Story
Using 3 or more cards that your child selects, tell him/her a story around campfire!
Camping Yoga: https://www.kidsyogastories.com/camping-yoga/
Go on a Camping Nature Hunt: http://www.bsuperb.com/surviving-a-camping-trip-with-kids/
Make a Yummy Snack!
Counting with S’mores Locate some cotton balls, cardboard or brown paper and make s’mores! Roll a die and place that number of cotton balls onto your “graham cracker” counting along the way!
Depending on your child’s skill level, he/she could use his/her finger, a pencil, crayon, marker, or q-tip with paint to trace the lines. https://www.123homeschool4me.com/camping-tracing-strips-for-fine-motor_11?
For those kiddos who are ready to practice cutting with scissors, here is a link that could be helpful.
Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Hfl6bNkuk
Biscuit Goes Camping by Alyssa Satin Capucill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67qpbm3Gz7g
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee By Chris Van Dusen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCMFyohPubs
The Three Bears ABC An Alphabet Book By Grace Maccarone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA4to8nPW3s
“A Camping We Will Go” by The Kiboomers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4JDQO7DjzE
“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by The Kiboomers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_ShP3fiEhU