sessionAs a child, I loved spending time outdoors. When I was in second grade I joined Girl Scouts. (That was the minimum age back them.) That summer I attended my first day camp and dreamed of becoming old enough to stay overnight. Not only did I do that, I also became a camp counselor while in college.

Drawing on these experiences and those of camping with my family,.  I created and carried out an intergenerational camping session with residents of an assisted living and preschoolers. Whether you try out these ideas, I hope you have as much fun with them as I have had.

A Few Outdoor/Camping Songs

  • The Ants Go Marching -I made paper ants that get passed around the group. This helps the children begin to interact with the grandfriends.
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain – There are lots of ways to add variety to this songs.
    • Have the children march around the group.
    • Have drums in the hands of the grandfriends and mallets in the hands of the children.  The children can play as they march around or only when get to the held “mountain” portions of the song”.
    • Have pictures in the hands of the grandfriends of things you might see on the mountain or things you might take camping. Much like musical chairs, have the children march around the circle. Call the name of a child and ask them what picture they are standing by. Then sing about it. “Mike sees a tall tree…”
  • Oh We’re going on a Camping Trip (sing to “She’ll Be coming Round the Mountain”) – Have pictures of items to take on the trip (tents, sleeping bags, bug spray, etc.) Create verses about what you will be taking on the trip.
  • Catch a Fish (Sung To: Row, Row, Row your boat)
    • Catch, catch, catch a fish. Hook it on your line. Reel it, reel it, reel it. This one will be mine
    • Be sure and add actions.
    • You could have various colors of fish for the children to pull out of a bag then naming it and the child in the last line “This blue one is Jane’s.”

A Singable Camping Book

Regular readers of my blog know my  love for singable books. This video shares one perfect for this theme:

A few books to add inspiration to your planning 

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