Create a campfire.. give
the children piece of green construction paper.
Give them strips of brown construction paper logs to glue on.
Have them glue the fire to the logs using red or orange paper.
Give them cotton balls to glue on as marshmallows
Let children cut and glue to make tents out of small milk cartons.
Cut out the flap in the carton to make them more tent like.
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Take a pig appliance box and make a tent out of it..
Take a cotton ball and glue to a skewer stick for marshmallows.
with leaves, sticks, flowers, and rocks.
Paint with colors that are seen in the forest such as: brown, green,
yellow, and orange
Cut easel paper into the following shapes: tent, rabbits, chipmunks,
fish or other woodland creatures.
Collect leaves, pebbles, twigs, pine cones, etc... Provide glue and
sturdy tag board for the children.
Encourage children to create a collage on the tag board using the
materials found while camping.
two holes approximately 3 inches apart in the center of the lid of
an egg carton.
To form the handle, thread a cord through the holes and tie. Paint the egg
carton. In your
"tackle box" place paper clips for hooks and s-shaped Styrofoam pieces for
sticks - about a 1/4 inch in diameter, an empty plastic peanut
thick rubber bands, raffia or ribbon glue, and clippers to cut the sticks
Give each student a large envelope to decorate for a camp bag. Have
them look in
magazines for pictures of things they would take on a camping trip. Don't
forget the bug spray!
2 paper towel rolls and cut notches out of both of them so they sat
flush to the table
(making a +). I then took 4 toilet paper rolls and glued them to the +. I
used masking tape
to secure it all together and then covered the whole thing with pieces of
ripped and crumpled
brown tissue paper and a glue, finishing it off with a layer of watered
down glue. The flames
are pieces of orange, red and yellow tissue paper and pipe cleaners. I
laid the pipe cleaner
on a piece of tissue, folded the tissue over, shaped it into a simple
flame, and taped the
gathered tissue at the bottom. The flames are just placed into the hole
left by the toilet
paper rolls so it will be easy to store later (don't have to worry about
a box that will match the height of the flames).
(Photos submitted by Jacy)
*** For an added touch, arrange a ring of crumpled paper rocks
around the fire.
You can place a flashlight under the pretend fire, turn out the
gather around the campfire and sing some old favorite camping songs.
Place one large paper bag inside the other. Start cutting the back
corner side of the sack down
about 7" (17.78 cm). Do the same to the other back corner side. (This cut
goes down about halfway.)
You should have a piece which I will call a flapper that you can now
crease and fold down in front of you.
Now with the remaining sack, cut the three sides that are tall to the
height where the flapper folds down.
The sack should now look somewhat like a rectangular box with a flap.
Taking the flap, staple one
cardboard circle a couple of inches from the bottom, in the middle.
Lifting the flap, place the other
cardboard circle approximately 2 1/2" (6.35 cm) down from the middle and
staple it in place.
This circle is to be located in the front, middle section of your
rectangular box shape.
Now you can cut a heavy piece of string and tie it around the circle
on the flapper,
leaving a portion dangling to wrap onto the bottom circle for closure.
We like using rubber bands,
as they do not seem to be as complicated for smaller children to use. Now
you are ready to paint
and decorate your backpack. Let dry. Lift the flapper and make two sets of
in the back end of the backpack. On each side you will have one pair of
slits. Each pair should be
approximately 2 1/2" (6.35 cm) wide. It will depend on the scraps of
material that you will
be inserting into these slits as to how long you will want to make your
slits. I suggest
going smaller to make sure it is the right length. You can always go back
and cut longer
lengths if needed. Insert your material strips into the top and bottom of
the vertical slits
and tie when adjusted properly to the child. You can tape the knot from
strip to the inside of the sack with duct tape if it seems to have too
Sleeping In The Tent?
Cut 2 triangles out of paper. Slit up the front of the top piece and
fold/roll back the flaps to peek inside.
Glue to the second triangle. Have the children draw a picture of them
sleeping or playing in the tent.
Allow the children to use Lincoln logs to paint with.
Roll them in the paint and roll on paper or press on the paper.
the children paint with rubber fishing worms or real worms
and for those who are too squeemish use yarn.
On dark colored
construction paper, have students use their finger to make
two prints beside each other in white. Then using same finger do one
print in the middle in yellow. The more they make the nicer it looks.
Cover two tissue rolls with black paper and glue together. Add yarn
to wear around neck.
2 heavy duty Chinnet paper plates,
1 empty film canister,
and a piece of string
Have the children paint their paper plates when they are
dry glue them together
(hot glue holds best) cut to small slots at the top the width of the film
the open end of the canister into the slots you may want to add some glue
keep it there. then with a paper punch punch a hole on either side of the
and tie your string on. looks so real we had parents thinking they could
really fill them up.
Glue a circle of
aluminum foil over one end of a tissue roll. Cover with colored
leaving both ends free. Using a toothpick, punch a few holes in foil end.
Look through the other end and you'll see stars!
Give each child a sheet of white construction paper.
Beforehand, use a white
crayon to draw several stars on each paper. (Be sure to press down
the crayon when coloring in the stars.) Let your children brush thinned
tempera paint over their papers and watch as the stars appear in the
Take the children out to
hunt for their own stick. Then let them paint and decorate
the sticks with odds and ends. They can add wiggly eyes also. They come
out so cute
and bright! We even gave the kids each one of those small clay flower pots
and used clay
to secure the stick in the pot and filled the pot with dirt or shredded
paper. The kids gave their
stick men names and they were allowed to paint the names onto the outside
of the pots.
Let the children paint using sticks.
Yarn or String
Have children spread peanut butter on a bagel. When done, dip
bagel in bird seed.
Attach a piece of yarn and hang outside on tree branches or on fence.
bird feeders...simple ones using cheerios and pipe cleaners...
hang them in the trees.
Box Back Packs
Make backpacks from cereal boxes. - Have each child bring an empty
box from home. Tape the top flab shut. Cut a 'u' shaped opening to
a flip-open type opening. Let them pick a color of construction
cover the box-or they can paint it or add collage material, etc.
straps I took long strips of duct tape and folded it onto itself
and then attached them to the back of the box like backpack straps.
children then could pack and unpack their very own backpack.