Camping Theme Activities for Preschool

I love teaching a camping theme! It’s so fun to set up a tent and a pretend campfire in the classroom and pretend to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Camping is a great fall theme, but it works in the summer, too!

Camping Theme  Math Center – Count & Clip Cards

Preschool Camping Theme - math center

This is a fun math center for preschoolers! Children simply count the camping related items and then attach a clothespin to the correct number. You could also use a small manipulative (like marshmallows!) to place on the correct number instead.

Click here for the Camping Count & Clip Cards. 

 

Campfire Art Activity

Preschool campfire process art activity

Can you guess what tool we used to paint the campfire? Plastic forks! 

We cut out brown “logs” with construction paper–just brown rectangles. The students glued these to their papers. Then, they dipped plastic forks into red, orange, and yellow paint to create the campfire’s flames.

 

s’mores Literacy activity

S'more Literacy - Preschool Camping Theme Center

This is SO FUN! Preschoolers can build a s’more by matching the uppercase & lowercase letters with two beginning sounds pictures.  Click here to find the pack of S’more Literacy Activities. ‘

 

Easy S’mores SNACK

These s’mores are so easy to make, and they’re a lot less messy than “real” s’mores!

Preschool camping theme snack - easy s'mores

You’ll just need:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallow Creme/Fluff
  • Chocolate Icing

They taste just like actual s’mores, and your kiddos will love them! Older children can help you spread the icing and marshmallow creme onto the graham crackers.

My son and I made this at home and we added up making a dip by mixing the marshmallow creme and chocolate icing together. We dunked our graham crackers in the dip–it’s really good that way, too!

 

preschool camping theme bundle

Get a whole bundle of preschool camping printables here!

 

A New Chapter in Our Lives

Years ago, before Every Little Adventure took off, I mostly used this blog as a place to share my thoughts about raising a child on the autism spectrum. As my son got older, I didn’t feel like it was right to put all of his business out there on the internet for all to see. And I still feel this way–however, we’re going through some big changes and I want to again start sharing some of our journey here on Every Little Adventure. 

HJ (that’s the nickname I’ll be using for my son on this blog/social media from here on out) struggles with regulating his emotions. His mental health struggles have been elevated recently and we don’t yet have any answers. In the meantime, school has become a major trigger. Again, we don’t fully understand the reason. There’s a lot more going on here that I will never publish online (because it’s not my business, it’s here) but ultimately, we decided that the hell we’re going through right now is just not worth it.

That’s why, starting on Monday, I am going to start homeschooling HJ.

Starting our homeschooling adventure

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Preschool Books for Teaching About COVID-19

It’s hard enough for adults to adjust to the “new normal” of life in the time of COVID-19. But it’s even harder for little ones to navigate these unprecedented times. (Are you tired of the phrase “unprecedented times”? Me too!)_

I found some books that can help you teach health and safety concepts to preschoolers during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Germs vs. Soap

This funny book shows the secret world of germs and how much theyabsolutely, positively do NOT like soap. Children need to learn proper handwashing skills in order to help prevent the spread of viruses, and a quirky book like Germs vs. Soap makes handwashing fun!

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The Best YouTube Channels for Preschoolers

Kids love technology, don’t they? And while I believe our focus as early childhood educators should mostly be on hands-on learning, sometimes a great YouTube video is exactly what you need to help you teach a certain concept or give your preschoolers a little “brain break.”

It can be hard to know where to begin with so many videos out there. I’ve also learned the hard way that you can’t count on everything that looks appropriate and educational to actually be suitable for preschoolers.  That’s why I’ve made a list of eight of my favorite YouTube channels for preschoolers to make it a little easier for you to find that perfect video.

 

1. Bounce Patrol

Bounce Patrol is a group of entertainers from Australia who make fun and silly songs for preschoolers! My preschoolers really love their Halloween songs–we played them over and over last October! I like them because their alphabet songs are so catchy, and the videos are visually stimulating. (For example, check out The Letter B Song.) I believe these videos really helped my preschoolers learn letter sounds.

 

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