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!