Camping with kids doesn't have to be the biggest pain in the butt since trying to put a shirt on after swimming in the ocean. I won't lie to you. We have cut camping trips short. We have had many sleepless nights in the tent with our three young sons. You know what, though? We keep going. The experience is worth it. The experiences – good and bad – make life.
Do you agree?
One big way we prepare for camping with kids is with children's books. I have research and reviewed both good and not so good children's books on the topic. Before camping with kids, my most fond camping memories include long stretches of reading alone (okay, maybe my husband & a bottle of red wine were there, too), cozied up in a tent, light dangling from the peak of the tent. Sigh.
Can you remember?
Camping with Kids Can Be Awesome Especially with these Children's Books
Generally, books have always been a big part of getting outdoors to connect with nature. There is something about a book that grounds a person. So, naturally, we use books as a way to introduce our children to the idea of camping. We want to inspire them and ignite their excitement and desire to be and to learn in the outdoor classroom.
When We Go Camping is perhaps my favorite. The illustrations are gorgeous and there is a rhythm to the whole book of which I want to be a part. This book truly connects a child to nature and to wildlife. There is a lot of learning within its pages. Your child will certainly be engaged in learning more after reading this book.
S Is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet is a sweet book introducing young children to the language of camping. Yes, that language includes “Smores”.
Fred and Ted Go Camping (Beginner Books(R)) is Peter Eastman at his best. Weaves in opposites and the idea that different approaches to doing things may just work out all right. This book is a lot of fun.
Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems is a must have book of simply yet lovely poems. The book will leave you and your children with a lot of happiness. I enjoy how the author integrates sights and sounds of camping truly bringing the experience alive for kids and adults.
Camping with kids can be fun! Do you have any favorite children's book about camping? Leave me a comment and let me know how you avoid the “putting a shirt on after swimming in the ocean” kind of pain. You're not alone.