A camping unit really is such a great short unit to do during the summer months, when you are trying to fill time with activities that have some educational value and keep your kids away from media. If you are an outdoorsy family, I think you would have an awesome time building a unit around your trip (such as “what should we pack?” and have them help you pack or sing campfire songs around a real fire). We are not one of those families. Perhaps my husband will one day take our girls camping and I’ll gain the courage to join, but I have a huge phobia of snakes that really keeps my desire to go camping to a solid 0%.
Therefore, we spent the whole week camping in our living room! Aria spent rest times and bedtimes chilling and sleeping in her tent for 3 days. Because we spent the money on a tent this year (one that can also be used as a sun shelter- woohoo!), we didn’t buy sleeping bags but instead piled blankets and pillows all over the tent. Though we have a fire pit, because Skylar is still so little, instead we made a fake fire out of boxes and tissue paper. Then, when the girls wanted s’mores, we used the toaster oven and a homemade solar oven (which didn’t toast but melted everything down so it still worked).
On a day we had people in the house for hours working on our AC unit, we tried to do a few activities that would keep the girls out of the way, which isn’t always easy in a small house. We did some painting outside, we built a miniature campground in a box, a bear hunt in the backyard, and even planned out and packed what we would need for camping and then set up a mini campground on top of my bed after we took the tent down for the workers.
Since we are heading out of town and the girls were all set to leave a week early, I really needed something fun and exciting to keep the girls distracted. This unit was perfect because it was easy to pull the activities together, but still fun and kept the girls busy while I packed, cleaned, and did laundry. Aria is all set to go camping again already, so maybe we will repeat or add on to this unit later this summer. It was just that fun! Please let me know of any of your great ideas, especially when it comes to real camping!
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Jessica and Ana
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