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Don't Forget The Smores!

Aug 20, 2007
Is your family thinking about camping over a warm summer weekend? Green's Canoe Rental can supply you with just about everything your family will need to enjoy your weekend. From the boat to the tent to the firewood... Green's has it covered. It really will turn out to be a fantastic weekend. Before you leave, if you do some online research you will find the following tips very helpful with your children and will want to pass them along. Camping is a family activity. Camping is just about the only affordable vacation you can take as a family of four. It's great fun but could also be a huge hassle. Try these 6 ideas to reduce the hassle and increase the fun.

1. Get the children's input. What do they like to do? What do they want to see? What would they like to eat? Use this information in preparation for your family time outdoors.

2. Have an activity box for each child. Fill an old shoe box with things, such as:

* scrap paper crayons, water color paint, colored pencils
* round tipped scissors
* coloring book
* glue stick
* small game like a tic-tac-toe board
* a favorite doll or toy car
* some same craft project
* maybe a talking book or music CD (the library is a great source)

3. For exploring, have a knapsack for each child with:

* sunblock and lip protection
* a hat, wide-brim all the way around is best
* a whistle on a neck cord
* one or two favorite snacks
* water bottle
* plastic collection jar (great for bug collectors)
* notepad and pencil
* flashlight on a cord
* a small compass on a string
* kid-safe bug repellent

4. Involve the children in the planning or preparing of meals. Even the youngest children can make a batch of "gorp" by mixing a box of raisins with a bag of nuts, and maybe some chocolate candy like M&Ms tossed in.

5. Make the child's sleeping mat a game board. Use a permanent marking pen to draw a checker board, tic-tac-toe grid, race track or whatever on the sleeping mat. Collect the, playing pieces from material around campground.

6. Take patience and gather memories, children grow very quickly. Don't forget the smores!
About the Author
Joe Camarda loves camping, fishing, boating, canoeing and rafting with his family.
His favorite spot is the Meramac River.
His favorite camping source: http://www.greenscanoerental.com
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