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Camping Fun with Miss Moxie!

Camping is one of my all-time favorite program themes. There are so many fun activities to accompany the fun stories and interactive songs. It takes me back to the best times I can remember in childhood.

I invited the children and their grown-ups to join me around the campfire!

This year I kicked things off with the Campfire Pokey. Inspired by Mollie at What Happens In Storytime…, I created this flannel:

The original rhyme used with this flannel can be found at Preschool Express but we made a few changes to make it work better with our group.

Campfire Pokey
You put your marshmallow in,
You put your marshmallow out,
You put your marshmallow in,
And you cook it ’till it’s brown.

You do the campfire pokey
and you pop it in your mouth –
That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Yum!

(repeat changing out the different food that can be
cooked over a fire… apples, hotdogs, popcorn, etc.)

I followed this flannel with the book Maisy Goes
Camping
by Lucy Cousins. This is such a fun story to
do with props and second person. Often during the summer I have a teen volunteer to help during storytime and programs, the teen will hide out inside a blanket made tent. Using puppets, each animal enters the tent and once all are inside the teen moves around to convince the kids that the tent is too full. As each character “pops” out of the tent, the teen throws out.
This aways brings lots of laughs!

Next we sang the traditional repeat song “I Met a Bear.”

I Met a Bear
The other day, I met a bear,
A great big bear, Oh way out there.

Chorus: (Same lines in unison)

He looked at me, I looked at him,
He sized up me, I sized up him.

He said to me, “Why don’t you run?
I see you ain’t, Got any gun.”

I says to him, “That’s a good idea.”
“Now legs get going, get me out of here!”

And so I ran, Away from there,
But right behind me, Was that bear.

In front of me, There was a tree,
A great big tree, Oh glory be!

The lowest branch, Was ten feet up,
So I thought I’d jump, And trust my luck.

And so I jumped, Into the air,
But I missed that branch, A way up there.

Now don’t you fret, And don’t you frown,
I Caught that branch, On the way back down!

This is the end, There ain’t no more,
Unless I see, That bear once more.

  After torturing the grown-ups with a sing-a-long we
moved on to our next book, The Boy Who Looked Like
Lincoln
by Mike Reiss. This hilarious book made the
grown-ups forget all about the pain of singing a repeat
song! Benjy has the misfortune of looking like Abe
Lincoln which causes him a great deal of teasing. When summer comes his parents send him to a “camp for kids who look like things” where he has a great time! More geared toward adults, the kids love this one too for the simple mention of the word butt.

Now that they were back in my good graces… MORE SINGING! Let’s be honest you cannot sit around a campfire and not sing. This time we stood up, tightened the circle and sang “Alice the Camel” and “The Wishy Washy Washer Woman.”

Alice the Camel
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
So go, Alice, go.

(repeat with three humps, two humps, one hump)
Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Now Alice is a horse

The Wishy Washy Washer Woman
Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman washin’ her clothes
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman washes her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman dryin’ her clothes
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman dries her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman foldin’ her clothes
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman folds her clothes

(repeat with pickin’ her nose, eatin’ oreos, sniffin’ a rose, 
paintin’ her toes, puttin’ on pantyhose, sayin’ goodbye)

Since the wishy washy washer woman had snack it was only right that we had our own snack. Everyone was invited to sample our s’mores mix made from mini-marshmallows, M&Ms, and Teddy Grahams. Yum!

Activity Stations included…

                                     

Feed the Squirrel!
Children stood behind a line to toss peanuts (I used circus peanut
due to peanut allergies) into the hole to feed the squirrel.

Tent Play!

                           

Firefly ABCs
Catch a lightning bug and put it into the corresponding letter jar.
Activity inspired by Making Learning Fun.

Backpacks!
With donated  paper grocery sacks, we cut 2 strips from the top and stapled to the logo side for straps. The kids were then able to decorate the plain side and use their backpack to carry home their tent coloring page and
Alice the Camel coloring page.