Day 16 - Create Your Own Camp
This could be a week of fun for you and your children. Where to begin, first pick a name for your camp, then pick a mascot. Have the children create a camp sign for the front door, be sure to add the mascot too!
Some fun things to do:
Carefully find potato bugs or other creepy crawlies and set them on a starting line on a driveway or other wide area. Whose bug can get to the finish line first?
Toast marshmallows over a fire until brown outside and soft and warm inside. Lay a Hershey bar on top of one graham cracker. Top with a hot marshmallow and place another graham cracker on top. Squish down slightly. The chocolate will melt a little bit and the whole concoction is a dream.
Music in Nature
Give the kids 10 minutes to go on a hunt to find things in nature that can make music when banged on, blown on and hit together. Gather back at the campsite to “play” your instruments.
Make a Daisy Chain
. . . or a buttercup chain, a dandelion chain or use whatever wildflowers you have around you. To link the flowers, make a slit in the stem, about halfway up. Thread another flower stem through it and continue the chain. When you get to the last flower, thread the flower blossom head through the last stem, creating a circle.
Play Water Games
While it's still warm outside, get out the hose and play some water games in the yard.
Play Flashlight Tag
This is a fun game to play if you live in an area with few streetlights or city lights. Every player gets a flashlight and everyone runs around the yard, hiding from the flashlight beams while trying to spot other players with flashlights.
Ghost in the Graveyard
Choose one person to be the ghost. He hides, while all the other players go to “base” and count, “One o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock . .” all the way to “11 o’clock, midnight!” At “midnight” players go searching for the ghost. When he’s found, the finder yells, “Ghost in the Graveyard” and all players try to make it safely back to base before the ghost tags them. Whoever is tagged is the ghost for the next round.
Inside the tent, whip a flashlight back and forth as fast as you can, while another person dances and moves. It will have a strobe light effect.
Sparks Will Fly
Chew on a Wint-O-Green Lifesaver with your mouth open in the dark and you’ll see sparks. This is one time when it’s OK to chew with your mouth open.
Tell Not-so-Scary Stories
Kids want to love scary stories, but if you indulge them, you may end up spending the night consoling a tearful, frightened child – inside the house with the doors locked. For your night around the campfire, tell stories that start out scary but which have funny endings (you’ll need to prepare for this and rehearse it, so you don’t inadvertently scare the kids).
Around the Camp Fire
Kids will love simply sitting around the camp fire, watching the flames and talking.
Also, Flylady has some great ideas for your camp!