Baked on the Bright Side

Fun Ideas for Camping with the Family

May 21, 2015

With Memorial Day coming up, lots of us are itching to gather the kids and explore the great outdoors. Here are some fun ideas to make your camping trip a blast for the whole family!

Have a scavenger hunt! Make a short list of items you would find in nature (EX: pinecone, feathers, a brown leaf, a green leaf, shiny rock) and walk around the campsite or trail to find them. This is a good activity to do in groups of two or more.

Create some one-of-a-kind leaf art. Bring along a few simple art supplies and the possibilities are endless! Try leaf rubbing by placing any type of leaf on a hard surface, covering it with a sheet of paper and rubbing a crayon gently over the leaf. Watch the shape of it appear on your sheet of paper! You can also use finger-paints to create leaf stamps. Let your kids paint some leaves with their favorite colors, and stamp them on a clean sheet of paper before the paint dries. Get creative with some leaf puppets. Use pipe cleaners or Popsicle sticks and some stick-on googly eyes and let the kids decorate their leaf puppets and put on a dinnertime show.

Amp up your campfire stories with shadow puppets! This is also a fun way for everyone to wind down in the tent before bed.

Experiment with your gluten-free S’mores. Try adding MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread instead of trying to melt squares of chocolate on your graham cracker. Or, ditch the graham crackers all together and make a s’mores burrito using Rudi’s Gluten-Free Plain Tortillas, some mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Put a handful of each in the center of the tortilla, roll it up like a burrito and wrap in foil, and place near the base of your campfire for 2-3 minutes. A tasty twist on a campfire classic!

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