For campers to do on their own before reporting back to the cabin check-in!
#1 Storytime: The Camping Trip
By Jennifer K. Mann
Ernestine is beyond excited to go camping. She follows the packing list carefully (new sleeping bag! new flashlight! special trail mix made with Dad!) so she knows she is ready when the weekend arrives. But she quickly realizes that nothing could have prepared her for how hard it is to set up a tent, never mind fall asleep in it, or that swimming in a lake means that there will be fish — eep! Will Ernestine be able to enjoy the wilderness, or will it prove to be a bit too far out of her comfort zone? In an energetic illustrated story about a first sleepover under the stars, acclaimed author-illustrator Jennifer K. Mann reminds us that opening your mind to new experiences, no matter how challenging, can lead to great memories (and a newfound taste for s’mores).
Watch a read-aloud here!
#2 Outdoor Adventure: Leaf Pounding
Take a leaf and place it between two strips of white, cotton fabric. While supervising, hammer the muslin with a rubber mallet or similar tool. As the mallet strikes the leaf, the chlorophyll is released from the leaf and absorbed by the fabric. Talk with children as they do this activity and mention that the leaves are holding the color inside. This experience builds science knowledge while also providing a large motor activity.