When we camp, we always come up with a few fun activities to go along with the trip. On the October trip, we made mailboxes.
The kids decorated their mail boxes and then hung them up. Throughout the weekend, we would periodically stuff them with treats and raise the flag. The kids would get super excited, announce that they had mail and run over to see what the surprise could be. For the entire weekend, we kept them guessing who the mail man was.
One of the favorite mailbox treats were these glow sticks. They also helped us keep track of 6 kids in the woods after dark!
Another activity for the weekend was making a boat out of tree bark. The kids collected interesting bark from the woods. We brought a hot glue gun and glued the bark together to make a boat. This would have been easier if our campsite had electricity. My fault, as the one who booked the campsite. It would have also been easier to make our crock pot meal. Again, my fault. We managed though. No, it isn’t considered trashy to bum electricity from the restroom to cook your crock pot meal.
With a little rigging, we ran electricity from our car for the hot glue gun and the boat shop was in business. In case you are wondering, this little car electricity trick did not, however, work for the crock pot because of a wattage difference. Refer back to it is not trashy to bum electricity from the bathroom for your crock pot meal. Back to the boats, I was originally going for little boats but in the end, the kids collectively came up with this beauty:
We all went down to the water. Some fished for awhile.
Some enjoyed the sunshine. AKA tried to keep the baby away from the water’s edge.
And finally the big moment arrived. J launched the boat into the lake to see what would happen. I have to admit, I didn’t have much faith in our little creation. But, in the end, it fared pretty well on the high seas.
SK says you should come camping with us next time.