Camping with kids is a great way to teach them educational things while exploring the great outdoors. The wilderness is full of wonder. Children can learn a lot from this experience and the time you spend with them is invaluable. If your child loves the great outdoors, they will love camping.
The first thing you have to do is to set up camp. Your child will love learning how to make the area more liveable. You will need to clear the land making sure that any limbs and large rocks are removed. Nobody wants to sleep in their camping gear on top of bumpy surfaces.
Next, your child can learn how to set up a tent. Not only does your child get to experience nature close up, but they can learn important survival skills in the event they would ever need them in the future. Allowing your child to set up his or her own tent is a fun experience for them. Rather than setting up the tent for them, have them use the instructions to guide them through the process. This is a great way for them to learn how to follow instructions and doing things in a sequence of orders. Assist your child when they need help but encourage them to do it on their own when possible.
Now you can move onto gathering the firewood. Let your child help you do this to teach them how to properly build a fire. Because fire is involved, you’ll want to teach them safety first.
While you are outdoors in the wildlife, pick out something in nature to teach your child about. There’s a variety of things you can pick from. You can talk to your child about the different types of trees, leaves, or animals. This is a great opportunity to teach your child about nature and how it benefits them.
Now that you have your campsite set up it is playtime. Get out your rod and reels and head to the water to fish for supper.
You will want to select a fishing pole small enough for little hands. Don’t get one that is too big for them to manage easily. Fishing is a great way for them to learn how to catch a meal. Let your child help you clean the fish.
After dinner the family can sit around the campfire and enjoy the rest of the night by the fire, eating popcorn and smores. Teach them songs to sing and how to listen to the wildlife while you enjoy the night fire.
Camping is a great way to teach your child about the outdoors along with benefits such as:
You can search online for camping gear for your child. There’s a huge selection of tents, fishing poles, nets, and more. For some great camping gear ideas see Dyrt.com’s post, Kids Camping Gear Guide: 19 Gifts for the Outdoorsy Kid.
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