momstown mamas have some great camp memories of summers spent outdoors, trying new things (archery, anyone?) and making lifelong friends.
Once kids entered the picture, we wanted to share some of the best of those camp memories with our own kids. They may not be ready for summer camp yet (unless it's Camp Grandma), but we can get them in the camping spirit with some great family adventures, memorable meals and activities.
Take your kids camping - even if it's just to the local campground overnight - and enjoy a campfire even more with this campfire hat craft. Look closely and you'll see that there are sticks and marshmallows in this hat! Yum!
If this doesn't bring back camp memories, I don't know what will! Make a memory keeper using natural materials and yarn - all ages will enjoy this activity! Older kids can practice patterning skills and younger ones can enjoy the fun (and fine motor) activity of winding the yarn!
Or make your own (nonflammable!) bonfire using paper towel rolls! Paint brown, stack like logs and glue, and then add tissue paper for flames. A great craft that the family can do together.
Make a collage with your kids of special items collected from nature walks or camping adventures - like rocks, shells, wood - anything goes! We used cardboard, glue and natural items to make these collages.
Or get a bit fancier and use a wooden frame to turn that rock collection into art! Half the fun is collecting special rocks from a trip to the park, beach, or nature trail. The other half is turning them into a keepsake project.
Make great memories with your kids all year around by getting outdoors, enjoying new experiences, and letting them explore their environment. I'm pretty sure that's what camp is all about!