Camping and Native American Village- Imaginary Play






• Two small child size tents or one small two man tent (they will be well used so make sure you are comfortable with that)

• A couple of small sleeping bags





• Small flashlights
• Small backpacks
• Child size beach/ lawn chairs
• Small cooler
• Pots and pans (from dramatic play center)
• Picnic blanket
• Maps
• Campfire (a ring of rocks with firewood or sticks in the middle)

• Sticks with cottonballs glued to the ends (roasting marshmallows)

• Fishing poles (sticks with strings tied to them with a magnet at the end)
• Small river with fish (create a river with blue plastic wrap or blue butcher paper use rocks to frame the river and make a path make fish and attach paper clips so kids can go fishing)


I made the river by cutting out a river shape from a piece of dry wall we had left over from a project in my garage. I then spray painted it blue and glued glass stones to it I found at the Dollar Store. I then used plastic wrap to wrap the entire thing in to create a water like look.

• Smallish fake Christmas trees or make trees along the back from butcher paper





• Pinecones, rocks other natural elements
• Green fabric to cover dramatic play shelving to create “Hills”
• Binoculars
• Bug catchers
• Plastic Bugs (school has)
• Woodland animals (realistic looking i.e. nothing pink or purple)Bear, moose, owl etc
• Canteens
• Mosquito netting
• nature netting, make a cave under the stairs hang bats (we can make with toilet paper tubes




What we will need if we go “Camping”:
•Turn the “under loft area” into a Picnic area. We have the table and chairs and the background furniture what we need is to borrow any camping cookware you might have.
•Kids binoculars made from toilet paper tubes start making them now we need at least 10
• Bug catchers * I found this one does someone want to make 5 of them maybe more?
• Christmas trees (smaller we need around 3)
• A couple of small sleeping bags
• Small flashlights
• Small backpacks
• Child size beach/ lawn chairs
• Small cooler
•  silk plants (just to borrow)
• Pots and pans (from dramatic play center)
• Picnic blanket
• Maps, and brochures visit your local city hall. Most have free maps for nature trails etc.
• Campfire (a ring of rocks with firewood or sticks in the middle)create flames from felt
•Sticks with “Marshmallows” (felt or cotton balls) glued to the end. Some with Felt Hot dogs glued to the end
• S’mores made of felt
• A River or stream with fish. I would like the fish to have some kind of magnet on them fishing poles with another magnet so that the kids can actually go fishing for the fish.
•Make a Cave (Black- Blackout curtain two panels)
• Make bats, borrow a giant bear, any other ideas for the cave?
• Canteens
• Mosquito netting
•Compasses made out of cardboard. Maybe around 15 of these. Something similar to this http://bestpractices4teaching.blogspot.com/2013/09/compass-craft.html?m=1&utm_source=feedburner
•I would like to make a waterfall coming down the side of the loft on the staircase/ side where the sink is in the classroom something similar to this
•Please Print out the animal tracks and pictures and laminate them for a game the kids can play in the camping center.
http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/assets/PDF/Animal_Tracks.pdf
• I would also like some animal tracks made for different animals that the kids can set out so 20 of each animal track. Perhaps bears, coyote, mountain lion and deer. The kids can then make a trail with them that their friends will have to track
• Artwork. Does anyone like to paint? I will look but I think we will need at least one art scene of a forest print created.

 

 

• Use vines/ greenery on the staircase rail to the loft as well as on the loft itself

The school has three of the above tent we will need to put together

 

 

 

 

 

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Native American Village

We will need to Create, the following:

* Turn the “under loft area” into the inside of a teepee; native American artifacts etc.
• Cradleboard (papooses needed) there are easy instructions on how to make them online
• Baskets different shapes and sizes
• Gourds, small pumpkins, acorns, raw leather, Indian corn, feathers, other natural elements
• Native American dolls
• Dress up clothes (does anyone have anything?)
• Campfire (a ring of rocks with firewood or sticks in the middle)
• Fishing poles (sticks with strings tied to them with a magnet at the end)
• Small river with fish (create a river with blue plastic wrap or blue butcher paper use rocks to frame the river and make a path make fish and attach paper clips so kids can go fishing)
• Smallish fake Christmas trees or make trees along the back from butcher paper
• Pinecones, rocks other natural elements
• Green fabric to cover dramatic play shelving to create “Hills”
• Plastic Bugs (school has)
• Woodland animals (realistic looking i.e. nothing pink or purple)Bear, moose, owl etc
• nature netting, make a cave under the stairs hang bats (we can make with toilet paper tubes
• Use vines/ greenery on the staircase rail to the loft as well as on the loft itself
• Anything else you can think of?


This was from last year notice the background and natural elements

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