‘When it warms up honey. It’s too cold.’
‘But Muuum, I really want to go camping again!’
Insert pause and a flashback to a post I saw at Learning 4 Kids.
‘Okay, how about we go camping inside instead?!’
And so started a camping at home activity, and you wouldn’t believe the wildlife we saw!
Create a wildlife experience at home
Before I continue, let me mention that I had no idea how many stuffed toy animals we’d accumulated in our house. We always get them as gifts and I chuck them in a pile underneath a large overhanging leaf in the playroom as an area to encourage reading. Our large number of stuffed toys were used in a whole different way last night.
We decided it was customary to go for a bush walk whilst camping, so while Miss Possum put on her shoes, I went and hid all the animals you’d find in the daytime, out in the backyard. Now you can imagine how many stuffed toys we have if we can split them up into diurnal (active at day time) and nocturnal(active at night time) species.
Think of the figurines, images and hand puppets around your house. You maybe surprised at how many you have too.
On our bush walk we spotted:
After we set up the tent and had our dinner it was time for spotlighting. I hid all our nocturnal animal toys around the backyard this time. We’ve been spotlighting in the real wild before, so Miss Possum was quite excited about this, especially since she loved the daylight animal hunt.
On our spotlight we saw:
You can always search for real, live wildlife around the house at night too.
We finished our camping trip by making a fire, singing camping songs and then toasting marshmallows on the gas stove. Let me tell you that the marshmallows were just delicious as toasting them on a real camp fire!
Imagine being able to safely spot jaguars, elephants and tigers on a camping trip. We may have only been spotting stuffed animals but I think this was a fantastic alternative to the real thing!
Other activities you can do with stuffed wildlife toys
- Ask your child to group the toys into diurnal and nocturnal species
- Talk about the animals you saw and the features on their body that help them during the daytime or the night time
- Does your child already know the words nocturnal and diurnal? Why not introduce the word crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk)?
- Ask your child to group the toys into arboreal (tree loving) animals and terrestrial (ground loving) animals
- Let your child take photos whilst on the bush walk and spotlight and create a camping at home poster
How many stuffed animals do your children have?