Saturday, July 10, 2021

Review: Camping Activity Book for Kids by Amelia Mayer

It's camping day on Bookworm  for Kids. I was going to present two books today, but unfortunately, decided to drop the one due to a couple questionable language uses. But the other's definitely a project all on its own.

So, ready to hit the great outdoors? 

CAMPING ACTIVITY BOOK FOR KIDS: 35 Fun Projects for Your Next Outdoor Adventure
by Amelia Mayer
Rockridge Press
Middle Grade Non-Fiction
72 pages
ages 8 to 12

Explore the outdoors and build wilderness skills with activities for kids ages 6 to 9

Get ready for adventure in the great outdoors! There's so much to see and do when you're out camping or hiking-- even in your own backyard. Encourage kids to explore the world around them and learn important wilderness skills with this activity book. It's full of projects and ideas to spark a love of nature and help kids have tons of fun outdoors.

Kids will learn to tackle survival challenges like building a shelter, making a compass, and tying a bowline knot. They can get creative with fun outdoor projects like designing a treasure hunt, crafting a walking stick, and making a sundial. They'll need an adult's help for some of the activities but can also do many on their own. Sized perfectly for a kid's backpack, this is everything camping books for kids should be.

Become an outdoor expert--Master the basics of setting up camp, hitting the trail, identifying plants and animals, observing weather, and surviving the wilderness.

Build wilderness skills--Grow skills as the book progresses, earn special badges, learn to care for the planet by leaving no trace, and become an official outdoor adventurer!

Learn and play--Colorful illustrations and in-the-book activities like connect-the-dots and fill-in-the-blanks add to the fun for each project.
Adventure awaits in the great outdoors with this activity-packed choice among camping books for kids!



Chucked full of hints, how-to's, and interesting ways to have adventures, this is a great book for young campers to pick up before hitting nature.

There are 35 projects in this book, all rotating around camping and being in the great outdoors. The author begins with a foreword about her own thoughts about camping with kids, and then, she adds a pack list for parents. The book is divided into five chapters, which break up the camping experience from trails to setting up camp and such. Each of these chapters has a picture, which is located in the upper corner of each page, so it's easy to find the chapters by just flipping through. Then, each chapter is broken down into activities.

The chapters start with a brief description as well as a list of what skills are found in the next pages. Each skill/activity starts with a short intro and then dives right into a 1,2,3... list of what to do. After that, there is a colored box with more information, a closer look at the activity or any other thoughts, which could prove insightful. All of this is accompanied by illustrations to help make it clear what's going on. At the end of the book, there is a list of the badges which can be 'won' at the end of each chapter and a couple pages about breaking camp. So, there is a lot in this book

The activities are quite broad in theme. Some relate directly to camping (fire, smores, etc), while others rotate around nature and hiking (star constellations, clouds, plant life). The directions are easy to understand. While some can be done by the kids alone, others might require a bit of help from the parents. But I did enjoy the variety, since there is something for everyone, although not everyone will like everything. It's also a flat, flexible book, which will fit nicely into any backpack. 

In other words, this one gets a thumbs up from me.

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