Camping fun with your little ones

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For many families, Easter and camping go hand in hand. Camping in any form is a fantastic opportunity for language and fun with your little one in the great outdoors.  

If you’re not going away, you might like to set up a campsite in your backyard or in your living room! Snuggling up in a blanket and telling stories around a pretend campfire would be lots of fun. 

Getting there 

To avoid the “are we there yet?” syndrome, prepare for the trip, and pack plenty of books for your child to explore during the drive. You might even like to create an activity bag with a selection of toys, puzzles, and books. There’s always “I Spy” or number plate games adjusted for the ages of who’s in the car to build language and print awareness. If all else fails singing songs with your child is a great way to pass the time. It also has the added benefit of helping develop your child’s language skills. If you can’t think of a song ask First 5 Forever.  

Camping and activities like bushwalking are great chances for young children to learn new words and notice and explore the world around them.

At the campsite 

If you’re lucky enough to have a campfire, involve your child in the collection of sticks and kindling. You can count how many sticks you’ve found, or you might like to talk about them using descriptive words “This stick is long and skinny while this stick is short and thick”. This helps build your child vocabulary and you’re never going to run out of sticks!   

Even if you don’t have a campfire you can spend nights telling stories with torches. Stories don’t just need to come from books. Try making up a story that involves your child and what they’ve done during the day, include pets or family members and invite your child to add to the story. This is a great way to get the whole family involved.  

Exploring out and about 

If you go on a bush walk talk about all the things that you can see, you might even like to play a guessing game “I can see something that flies through the sky and sings in the morning. Can you guess what it is?”. Once your child gets the hang of it, they’ll be become an expert at noticing and describing things around them. 

Wherever you spend Easter, don’t forget to talk, sing, read and play with your little one. 

Camping is a fantastic opportunity for language and fun, whether it's in the great outdoors or in your living room.

Books to share together about camping  

Try sharing these stories while you’re looking forward to your holiday, or to remember the fun you had while you were away. 

Under the Southern Cross by Frané Lessac 

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd 

Llama Llama loves camping by Anna Dewdney 

The camping trip by Jennifer K. Mann  

A walk in the forest by Maria Dek 

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