Keep reading for some fun Monster and Mouse Go Camping activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. These activities are sure to be a hit with your little one!
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Our July Story of the Month is Monster and Mouse Go Camping by Deborah Underwood. This is the perfect book if you are looking for kindergarten or preschool camping activities to do with your little one!
In this story, Mouse invites Monster to go on his first camping trip, but Monster is very nervous. As the story goes on, things don’t turn out the way they had planned…will they still have a good time on the trip?!
This is a great book to read with a child who might feel nervous about trying something new.
After reading this story, check out these fun camping-themed activities that include Pretzel Fishing Rods, DIY Feather Binoculars, and FREE Camping Clip Cards to practice beginning letter sounds.
Adding these activities to your camping lesson plans, either at home or in the classroom, will bring learning to life for your little one!
PRETZEL FISHING RODS
When I first saw these pretzel fishing rods from Stephanie at The Tip Toe Fairy, I knew we had to make them! They go along perfectly with this story, and they encourage imagination & play to go along with reading!
- First, pull the Twizzler pull n peels apart. Then use one pull n peel strip and tie it onto the rod pretzel.
- Next, tie the other end of the Twizzler pull n peel onto either a gummy worm or goldfish cracker.
- Repeat to make as many fishing rods as you’d like!
- Just a note: The Twizzlers will break if you pull too hard when tying them, so be gentle!
- You could also take this a step further and make a cup of blue Jello and pretend to be fishing in a lake! How fun would that be?!
If you’re doing camping activities with your little one, then they definitely need their own set of binoculars! There are so many different DIY binoculars you can make, but we thought it would be fun to make some with rainbow feathers…great camouflage in the woods, right?!
- First, cover each toilet paper roll with green felt. Use hot glue to secure it to the roll. *Adult supervision required when working with hot glue.
- Next, use a ribbon to tie the 2 toilet paper rolls together so they don’t move. Use hot glue to attach the ribbon to the toilet paper rolls.
- Then, hot glue feathers onto your binoculars or decorate however you’d like!
- Use a hole puncher to punch 1 hole in each toilet paper roll at the top. Then use a long string to connect the 2 toilet paper rolls (this will be your little one’s neck strap!)
- Go on an adventure and explore nature!
FREE CAMPING CLIP CARDS FOR BEGINNING SOUNDS
I love using clip cards because they allow kids to focus on fine motor skills while also practicing other skills…and they can be used for anything! Math facts, number recognition, letter sounds…the possibilities are endless!
These clip cards are perfect if you’re looking for camping activities that also practice beginning literacy skills. There are 18 different cards that come in both color and black/white.
Your little one will choose a picture card and identify the sound they hear at the beginning of the word. Then they will use a clothespin to clip the letter that represents that sound.
If you don’t have a clothespin, you could always mark the correct answer with any small object you have, like a paperclip, piece of cereal, or lego. You could also have your child use a hole puncher to hole-punch the correct answer.
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Have you read Monster and Mouse Go Camping? Do you have any fun camping activities for preschool or kindergarten that I should add to our list? Let me know! You can comment below or find me on Instagram [@littleslovelearningblog] to share!