It is the most wonderful time of the year… to go camping. This crisp November weather had me in the mood to do a storytime all about camping. Here are the books we read:
First, we read Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins. They thought it was hilarious how they all could not fit in the tent and only the elephant got to sleep in there. Simple illustrations and perfect for reading aloud. Next, we read Scare a Bear by Kathy-Jo Wargin. The rhyming in the book was perfect for reading to the kiddos. Last, we read Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal. I kept wanting to say Into the Woods! This book was slower paced and the illustrations were calming. I wish I had placed this book in the middle because of its slower pace. The children were pretty distracted by the end of this book.
For our craft we made binoculars. This was a very simple craft that allowed for a lot of creativity from the kids. After I made my sample, I decided to paint them so they didn’t look so shabby. I prepped the base of the binoculars by cutting paper towel cardboard in half and gluing/taping them together. I painted them red and blue and punched two holes for the string to go through.
I provided glitter glue, washi tape, and stickers for the kids to decorate with. They loved it and were walking around the shop looking through their decorated binoculars. Here is a pair that one of my four year olds made:
If I had more time, I would have done some more interactive portions of the storytime like a fake fire to roast marshmallows over. Still, the kids had a great time and talked about their experiences hiking and camping. We live in east Tennessee, so it’s a way of life 🙂