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    One of my children's favorite things to do in the summer is go camping. Being relatively cheap,(we use a tent) it is something we can do even if we are not able to go on an expensive vacation. We have also been known to camp in our own backyard! While it is definitely a fun and relaxing activity there are also many opportunities for learning while sleeping close to nature.

    It's fun to have a scavenger hunt while hiking or even bring along an animal track identification guide in case you find animal prints. This is something that both younger and older children could do together. Bring a magnifying glass to inspect the smallest of insects! Having your child assist in the meal can also be fun as typically camping recipes are very easy to put together. We always bring along paper plates and napkins for easy clean up.

    Art activities are fun to do outside even if they can be messy. When my daughter was much younger she loved to paint on the sidewalks with mud. Clean up with that one was easy with the spray of a hose. (or a dip in the lake!) Have you ever heard of Land Art? This is something I learned about years ago from my brother in law. You use items from nature such as rocks, leaves,flowers...really anything, and combine them to make something beautiful.

    I cannot forget literature. Whether reading a book to get ready for camping or finding a nice quiet place in nature to relax and enjoy a good book, there are many choices.

    For the younger children-

    Curious George Goes Camping by Margret & H.A. Rey
    A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris VanDusen
    Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish
    Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night by Cynthia Rylant
    The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

    Here are a couple good chapter books about camping-

    A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
    The Boxcar Children: The Camp-Out Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

    Here are some chapter books with homeschool children as the main characters from Homeschoolliterature.com

    Adventures in the Neighborhood Woods by Jesse Honn
    The Adventues of Lil' Wolf, Twinkie, Toes, and Flower Girl in the Homeschool Forest by Jacqueline R. Campos
    Alabama Moon by Watt Key
    Cross-Country Treasure Hunt (And the Mystery That Followed) by Gwen Lepkowski
    and one of my favorites Homeschool on a Battlefield by Jennifer Lynn

    What type of fun learning activities does your family enjoy while out camping?
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      lovehmschlg -
      Oh, we love camping. And yet it's been too long since we last went camping. Probably at least 2 years. We need to do it soon! But summers in Florida are way too hot for camping! Thanks for the link for the camping recipes. We've had the Tacos in a bag and Dirt and Worm Pie, but we'll have to try some of those other recipes.
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