Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Camping with Kids

Kids love camping, the preparation, the travel and the adventure. My daughter Melanie put together two backpacks for her two boys and filled them with camping stuff. The boys don't get to play with these backpacks until they go on vacation or camping. What a great Mom! With school just out the kids have their old backpacks, just fill them up and put them away. The dollar store is a great place to stock up on outdoor toys and they bring in new items all the time. Every time you go camping throw a few new items in the backpack and the kids will love opening it to find out what's new in the bag. Think outside of the box and of course age appropriate items, my older grandson got a real knife and the younger grandson got a plastic cutlery knife. Go to Texas Parks and Wildlife to download an "Outdoor Kids" journal. Happy Camping!

Backpack ideas:
flashlight (flashlight tag)
compass
water bottle
sunglasses
balls / hacky sack
whistle
chalk (washes of with water)
bandana
cap
disposable camera (photo scavenger hunt)
binoculars
water guns
rope (clothes line, build a raft or teepee)
spork (spoon & fork)
knife
fishing line
magnifying glass
plastic jars - bugs, tadpoles, rocks, blackberries (recycle old peanut butter jars)
snacks
cards
first aid kit
walking stick
shovel
net (tad poles & butterflies)
spiral notebook (to draw what they see, tic-tac-toe, paper boat, bark rubbings)
pencils & sharpened
sit upon
tape measure (this will keep them busy for hours, teach them half and quarters)
travel games
dollar store toys

** My niece, Kelly (a great Mom too), packs her kids lunch boxes with snacks for the trip that they can have at anytime without asking.

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