My husband and I love taking are children camping. Our children love being outdoors and enjoy everything that comes with a good camping experience. Before we ever took our children camping we thought we should educate them on what camping is all about especially our oldest child who is now two in a half years old. I have come up with some fun ideas on how you can teach your child about camping.
A good way to introduce your child to camping is by reading some books on camping. This will familiarize them with equipment that is used such as a tent or a camper. Things they may do while camping such as hiking and boating. The foods they may eat such as hotdogs and marshmallows. The places they may camp such as in the mountains or at the lake. Some good books I would suggest are Curious George Goes Hiking by Margaret Rey, Camping in the Mountains by Lucille Wood and Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes. You can find these books at the bookstore or your local library.
Create a sensory table with different types of things your child may see when they are camping. For example, on the table you can have rocks, twigs, sand, water, tree branches and leaves. Have your child touch the different things and have them talk about how it feels. This will help get them acquainted with their surrounding environment that they will be camping at.
Practice camping. You can practice in your backyard or in your living room. Have all the equipment and supplies that you need. For example a tent, flashlight, foods, portable stove, sleeping bag and anything else you can think of. Talk to your child about what each item is and how it is used during camping.
Provide kids camping equipment that they could play with during their own time. You can purchase kids camping gear at teacher educational stores or possible a store like Target. You can also find camping gear that is inexpensive that your child can play with at the thrift store. This will give them the opportunity to practice playing camping on their own. Some items you can provide your child is backpack, flashlight, cooking tools, small tent and sleeping bag.
Have your child do an art activity centered on camping. For example, take some of the material used in the sensory activity such as the twigs, sticks and pebbles. Provide a sturdy tag board with glue and have your child glue the different materials on the tag board. They can hang their creation in their room or on the refrigerator.
These are some suggestions on how you can teach your child about camping. Through a fun learning experience your child will be able to grasp what camping is all about. Happy camping!