Camping Preschool Lesson: 4 Day Unit

Over the summer this was our last week long preschool unit that we did (before I got pregnant!) and it was definitely one of our most fun! Our son had been very interested in camping so we put together a whole unit to learn about camping and the outdoors. 

Later that fall my husband even did a follow up camping night with him in our yard so he could experience the whole camping concept for the first time (me and our girl slept inside!). We look forward to when our kids are just a little bit older (especially the one growing in my belly!) so that we can all take our first real camping trip together!

D A Y // 1

+ Read Curious George: Curious About Summer (has a camping part)
+ Popsicle tent craft (inspired by Glued To My Crafts)
+ Cut out stars to put around the house for our "campsite"
+ Shooting stars and constellations - match star stickers with a white crayon to make a constellation, popsicle stick and star sticker craft for the one year old
+ Watched Curious George Camping episode on YouTube

Easy constellation activity - match star stickers with a white crayon on black paper.

"Shooting star" craft for little ones. Just attach star stickers to a popsicle stick!

 D A Y // 2

+ Read Goodnight Campsite
+ Make smore ice cream sandwich
+ Popsicle stick smores craft

Smore ice cream sandwiches were a huge hit! Very easy to make and kid friendly. And we all loved how delicious they were! 

We used:
- Tillamook Udderly Chocolate Ice Cream (white chocolate and chocolate!)
- Graham crackers
- Mini marshmalllows

Make ice cream sandwiches on a pan and then pop in the freezer to freeze!

 And this adorable smore popsicle stick craft was pretty darn cute!

D A Y // 3

+ Read All Aboard! National Parks: A Wildlife Primer
+ National Park coloring page
+ National park videos - searched on YouTube

I found some fun National Park coloring pages on Pinterest that we colored and discussed along side our books. And then we followed it up by watching a few different National Park videos on YouTube.

  D A Y // 4

+ Read/browse The 50 States
+ Set up pretend campground
+ Make toilet paper fire
+ Pillow sleeping bag

We ended our unit on camping by setting up a campsite in our living room! We made a pretend fire out of toilet paper rolls and tissue paper. And roasted pretend marshmallows (cotton ball on a stick!). I also had sewn together a pillowcase sleeping pad (sew four pillowcases together and then stuff with pillows - the top pillow folds over as a head rest).

We later took out our play food to cook over our campfire.

Then we ended our lesson with watching camping videos from our tent. So much fun!

See all our other preschool lesson units and activities here.