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Camp Wannalaffalotta: Heading to the Great Outdoors
Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 22, 2009 @ 10:09 am In Camp Wannalaffalotta,Family Fun,Summertime | 3 Comments
In case you didn’t know this coming Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout . Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, it’s a community event designed to encourage families to get outside and connect with nature. You don’t have to go far — just outside your backdoor. At to help and inspire you, this week’s Camp Wannalaffalotta activities revolve around the idea of camping and heading to the great outdoors.
Even if the idea of sleeping under the stars or in a tent gives you the heebie-jeebies, you can still do some of these activities with your children. Do your “camping out” in the living room, and your kids will still love it!
Here are some resources to
Make library days a regular part of your summer. We usually choose one day of the week to make Library Day. Sometimes I’ll pack a sack lunch, then we can take our time, not hear rumbling tummies, and not succomb to fast food on the way home. Ask your children’s librarian to point you to the reference books, like A to Zoo . Your library should have a whole section on books about books. These are directories, organized by age, theme, and author, to help you find books your children might be interested in. Teachers know about these books, but I’m not sure all parents do. This kind of resource will help you help your children choose good books.
Picture Books and Easy Readers
Curious George Goes Camping  by Margaret Rey
Just Me and My Dad  by Mercer Mayer
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping  by Peggy Parish
Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night  by Cynthia Rylant
Stella and Roy Go Camping  by Ashley Wolff
Stargazers  by Gail Gibbons
Camp Out! The Ultimate Kids’ Guide  by Lynn Brunelle
The Kids’ Book of the Night Sky  by Ann Love
The Kids’ Campfire Book  by Jane Drake
Kids Camp: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness  by Laurie Carlson
Get a Movie On!
Different families have different standards when it comes to movie viewing. If I haven’t personally seen a movie listed, I’ve checked it through the Dove Foundation’s Movie Reviews. But our standards may not be yours. Please use discernment in choosing what your children will watch.
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It’s my hope that we will be on the road to joyful motherhood and that we’ll “laffalotta” this summer with our peeps.
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 a nature journal: http://www.kidsplanet.org/defendit/new/journal.html
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