We signed up for the Great American Backyard Campout this year to help raise money for animal conservation and the kids have been looking forward to it for months! They picked out a tent, got their lantern ready, studied up on what animals they might hear in the night, it was a lot of fun. I knew with being 8 months pregnant that I wouldn't be roughing it in the tent, so Violet and I planned on sleeping inside, but we still had fun hanging out with them until bedtime! I went camping so often as a kid and just loved it, but honestly, as a mama, it's not my go-to activity. Something about four young children around a hot fire with pointy sticks and sleeping outside with who-knows-what lurking in the woods? Not very relaxing to me. But it was a great experience for them to learn some fire safety ahead of time and Kenji taught them all the ins and outs of camping, like how to safely extinguish your marshmallow after it catches on fire... that's like a right of passage right? So I knew they were in good hands.
Naomi and I had fun making matching camping shirts for all the kids and we even did a little nature scavenger hunt for stuff in the yard. They helped papa set up the tent, we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows (and if you're into s'mores, you have to try making them with peanut butter cups... maybe it's the pregnancy talking, but oh my goodness they were amazing. and I don't normally even like s'mores). Then they had fun climbing in the tent with their lantern and listening for animal sounds... unfortunately it was too cloudy to do much star gazing, but as soon as their heads hit their pillows, they were out anyway! They had so much fun, I think they'll be asking to camp out a lot more this summer!
△ the kids had a blast finding all the things on the nature scavenger hunt list! you can print out one for your kids here if you want.
△ four little campers all in a tent!