This collection of STEM-based activities, entertaining games, inventive lessons, and camping-themed decor ideas are sure to bring the magic of camp into the classroom.
Constructing glowing lanterns, towering teepees and crackling campfires are a wonderful way to celebrate the wonders of the natural world while developing core numeracy, literacy, and science skills.
1. Create a Campsite Roleplay Center
This colorful resource is sure to inspire camping role play ideas for a primary center or a classwide activity. The accompanying camping gear props will add a more realistic feel to students' pretend camping adventures.
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2. Take a Virtual Camping Trip
On this exciting virtual trip, students will learn about bears and owls, write a silly campfire story, and brainstorm which camping items they will need to bring along.
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3. Create a Camping Themed Bulletin Board
This creative bulletin board recycles napkins found around the home and transforms them into mini tents to feature students' pictures.
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4. Have a Camping Party
There's nothing better than watching happy campers enjoying camping-themed snacks, games, and activities together. This comprehensive resource offers all sorts of creative ideas for throwing an unforgettable party, including a camping party favors kit.
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5. Developing Reading Fluency with an Emergent Reader Book
Using simple dialogue and repetitive text, this first-person story takes students on an exciting overnight camping trip. Camping-themed books are a great way to reinforce key sight words while practicing reading comprehension skills.
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6. Play a Printable Camp Board Game
Students can cut out their own die, game pieces, and start collecting camping necessities. The happy camper with the most gear at the end of the game wins!
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7. Make a Fake Campfire
Your students are sure to have a great time sitting, singing, and telling stories around this pretend campfire. Adding some camping chairs is an easy way to get them into the spirit of a real summer camp.
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8. Make a Camp Sign
This simple stencil-based design and natural wood combo is meant to be used for real camping trips but can also make a great addition to your classroom camping theme. Why not take the opportunity to teach students about the importance of using signage to mark land boundaries, drinking water, trailheads, and other camping amenities?
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9. Make a Paper Log Cabin
Using a few classroom supplies and strips of construction paper, students can get crafty in designing their own miniature log cabins. This is a great way to build fine motor skills while discussing how log cabins are built in layers.
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10. Add a Camping Themed Display to Your Classroom Door
Use some weathered wood paper, bright cut-out letters, and camping-themed accents to create a display that is sure to turn every student into a happy camper!
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11. Read and Discuss a Camping Book
When We Go Camping is a beautifully illustrated book that takes students on a fun adventure to discover various camp activities such as chopping wood for the fire, catching fish, spotting wild animals, and swimming in the lake. It's an easy way to create an outdoor learning adventure from the comfort of the classroom.
12. Decorate Your Class with Camping Themed Cutouts
This set of free and cute animal cutouts can be printed, cut, and displayed to create a fun and cheerful atmosphere for classroom learning.
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13. Make a Handprint Campfire Craft
This creative craft brings the warmth of a campfire indoors. A free printable template for the logs is included, making it super easy to create an adorable keepsake your students will love.
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14. Create a Reading Nook with a Teepee Tent
Why not create a cozy reading nook in your classroom with this easy-to-assemble teepee tent? Students will love curling up with a good book while nestled comfortably inside.
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15. Sing Some Classic Camp Songs
This collection of classic camp songs is led by a group of enthusiastic camp counselors. Students can sing and dance along or enjoy the music in the background during camping-themed activities.
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16. Write a Scary Campfire Story
It's difficult for students to write scary stories without a plan. Luckily, this detailed lesson provides graphic organizers for establishing a setting, characters, and a suspenseful problem. Reading a few scary stories at the start of the lesson is another great way to get their creative juices flowing.
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17. Practice Skip Counting with Smores
This free camp-themed printable is a fun way to practice skip counting, number tracing, and basic numeracy skills.
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18. Take a Virtual Tour of National Parks
Students won't need hiking shoes, sunblock, or a camera for this virtual tour of America's majestic national parks. This kid-friendly video makes for a great opportunity to discuss human settlement, land development, and endangered wildlife.
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19. Make Camper Hats
Using easy-to-find classroom materials, this whimsical crown features real marshmallows on skewers. It makes a great addition to an adventure party or any camping theme decor bundle.
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20. Make a Simple Classroom Tree
This cardboard and tissue paper tree brings the great outdoors into the classroom and creates a warm and inviting ambiance for your little campers.
21. Complete a Fill-in-the-Blanks Story
This camping-themed story is an easy way to practice parts of speech and improve reading comprehension skills. Students will love completing silly sentences to bring this outrageous story to life.
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22. Try a Camping Word Search
This difficult word search is sure to keep your campers engaged while developing their word recognition skills. It's ideal for upper elementary students but also makes a great challenge for primary learners.
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23. Play a Game of Camping Bingo
Featuring colorful pictures of outdoor nature items, this free printable makes a great addition to a camping-themed party or a fun brain break during the day.
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24. Try a Camping Crossword Puzzle
This camping-themed crossword puzzle features a colorful forest scene and is a great way to review camping equipment vocabulary while practicing spelling and printing skills.
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25. Make a Camping Lantern Craft
Turn off the lights and bring the magic of a glowing lantern into the classroom with this easy and eye-catching craft. Made from tissue paper decoupage, these pretty lanterns can also add a warm and calming ambiance to the classroom.
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26. Make Marshmallow Constellations
This fun STEM activity is a creative way to learn about the night sky, star constellations, and space.
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27. Build a Solar Oven
This ingenious STEM activity requires students to use their construction and design skills while learning about solar energy. It can be used to bake, boil and steam or just make some tasty smores without a fire.
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28. Go on a Geocaching Adventure
Using a handheld GPS device or smartphone, students will love finding treasures in all shapes and sizes. Some are camouflaged and others are off the beaten path, giving students a chance to explore the outdoors while discovering new trails and hidden gems.
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29. Build a Smores Tower
This food and design-themed tower challenge can be as easy or difficult as you like. Students can start by trying to hold four pieces of chocolate off the table and progress to adding more as they develop their construction skills.
30. Measure the Height of a Tree
Measure the height of a tree using some simple math tricks. This is an easy way to teach self-reliance and resourcefulness while practicing measurement skills.
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31. Practice Addition With Rocks
Manipulatives are a great way to enhance mathematical understanding. Why not create your own with rocks found in nature? This is a fantastic hands-on lesson for developing numeracy and counting skills.
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32. Paint with Berries
This hands-on art project is an engaging way for students to learn about nature and develop their scientific observation skills, all while creating their own art materials.
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33. Explore Symmetry in Nature
Challenge your students to see how many examples of rotational and reflective symmetry they can find in the natural world. From pine cones to oak leaves to sunflowers, symmetry is everywhere. A simple extension activity can be to draw the objects they discover and identify their lines of symmetry.
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