Are you thinking about having a camping-themed day at the end of the school year? I’ve gathered a ton of great Camping Themed Day Ideas to make it easy to plan your day!
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Camping Themed Day Ideas
- Get your kids excited for the day by having a campfire going on the smartboard as they come in. It’ll add to the fun atmosphere throughout the day.
- Have your students bring in blankets to put over their desks to make their own tents.
- Camping Read Alouds – You can find all of our favorite camping read aloud books here.
- Bring in mini flashlights or finger flashlights for reading time in their tents.
- Set up a camping-themed center rotation as part of your day. Students can go on a camping a-z scavenger hunt, do some marshmallow math, make a fun hat to wear, work on fine motor skills, and more! Get all of the details here.
- Do a drawing project on Art For Kids Hub. Here is a great one that we love for them to draw a campfire of their own. They have a couple of other cute ones too, like drawing a tent and a camper.
- Make a s’more snack! You can make these ahead of time and put them in baggies and use our cute s’more bag toppers that you can download for free here, or have them make the snack in class and put them in cups. Perfect to snack on while reading!
- Take a nature walk.
- Set up a scavenger hunt. You could bring the items in or print out pictures for the kids to find around the classroom or even the school. You can find the printable version of the scavenger hunt here.
- Give the students a tent stem bin. Have them create a tent out of the materials that you give them.
- Play camping bingo! Great way to learn camping vocabulary!
- Sing songs around the campfire. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Green Grass Grew All Around and Ants Go Marching are some of our favorites. You can find them all on YouTube to sing along to as well. Here’s another fun one we like from Kidboomers too!
- Make solar oven s’mores! Lots of great tutorials for these on Pinterest.
- Set up a real tent together as a class to have a real-life lesson.
- Learning how to tie a knot is another great life lesson and why they are so important when camping.
- Make bird feeders. Again, there are a ton of great tutorials for these on Pinterest depending on how much time you want to spend on them. Search Bird Feeder Crafts For Kids. You can always do a quick version by stringing Cheerios onto pipe cleaners and hang them around the school.
- Do a would you rather camp workout! Great brain break activity to get the kids moving today. Here’s another fun version we like too!
- Make friendship bracelets! Grab some elastic string and some pony beads to make simple bracelets. Great fine motor practice while having fun!
- Math Activity – have fun measuring things with marshmallows to practice non-standard measurement. Or practice counting with these marshmallow counting mats.
- Writing Activity/Craft- Make a s’more craft and then write about them.
- Reading Activity – Read the book, A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee, and then make a fun campfire snack to go along! You can download a free fun drawing activity to go along with the book too here.
- If you need a camping movie to watch sometime during the day, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Camping is a great option.
- Towards the end of the day, have the students write postcards home from “camp” telling their family or friends about the things that they have done throughout the day.
Phew! Hopefully, that gives you a bunch of fun new ideas for your next camping-themed day! Let us know in the comments below if you have any other fun camping day activities that you like to do with your class!
See you next time!