Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Camping We Will Go

My 50 Page Camping Themed Classroom Kit is now available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. It includes all of the printable items shown in the sample picture, plus more! Click here to purchase the kit!

I've been wanting to get this up here for awhile, but haven't been able to find my original photos. I know a lot of you are getting busy with back to school prep so the smaller versions will have to do for now.

Note for the curious:
Before I switched to the blog format (which I adore btw), I had a website. If you haven't checked it out yet, you really should swing by for a visit. I don't want to toot my own horn, but it's got some good stuff on it. Anyhow, that is why all of these pictures have Clutter-Free Classroom written on them. You'll also find full explanations of each of the pictures there under the classroom themes section.

I did the Camping Theme for the 2006-2007 school year and it's one of my favorites.

That is completely ironic because I make no secret about the fact that I hate nature.

I'm far from being a girly-girl, but bugs and dirt are not my thing. Plus, I'm a total hypochondriac and pretty much convince myself that every mosquito bite will lead to Triple E and that if I step foot off of the pavement I will contract Lyme Disease. Disney's Wilderness Lodge is as rustic as this girl will ever get. But, the theme was fun.

So without further babble, I present you with a collection of ideas to help get your Camping Theme underway.


  • S’More Good Work
  • Camp Learn-a-Lot
  • Camp Fire Stories (Writing Board)
  • Hike into ________
  • Camping Out With a Good Book
  • Spotlight on Good Work (with flashlights)
  • ______ is a Picnic
  • Making Tracks in ______
  • Mountain of Good Work
  • Reach the Summit
  • Fired Up for ______ (with a campfire)
  • Glowing Good Work (with fireflies)
  • We’ve Got Our Sight Set on ______ (binoculars)
  • Lodge Rules
  • Don’t Be a Little Stinker, Follow the Rules (with a skunk)
  • Whooooo’s Here Today (with an owl)
  • What a Catch
  • These Boots Are Made for _______ (hiking boots)
  • Now We’re Cooking (grill)


  • Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
  • Star-Gazing (stars with pics)
  • Mr./Mrs. ________’s Happy Campers


  • This Year Will be PACKED With Fun (with hiking packs)
  • Look Who’s Camping Out in _________


  • Camp Chores
  • We Al Pitch In (with a tent)


  • Word Woods
  • Word Watching (with birds and binoculars)


  • Bug Jars (jar for each month with bugs inside for each child)


  • Earthy-Toned fabrics or craft paper
  • flannel
  • red and white checkered table clothes
  • maps
  • tye-dyed (like camp shirts)


  • bag of marshmallows
  • sticks
  • graham cracker box
  • Hershey bar wrappers
  • paper plates (on red checkered background)
  • plastic bugs (hot glue on to fabric)


  • pine garland (available in most craft/dollar stores and super cheap after Christmas)
  • camp themed lights


  • tent
  • sleeping bags
  • artificial Christmas trees
  • logs/tree stumps for sitting on
  • camp chairs
  • coolers for sitting on (also great for storing items inside)
  • picnic baskets
  • fishing poles
  • Woodland Stuffed Animals
  • Flashlights

Use Woodsy-themed or flannel fabric to make pillow cases.

Instead of just numbering tables refer to them as “Camp Sites”

Use tackle boxes as supply boxes.

Create a Survival Guide as your welcome letter and info to parents.

Instead of bathroom passes I made outhouse passes.

Use flashlights to “read the room” or for word wall games.

Make a CD of nature sounds to play.

Provide Lincoln Logs for recess/choice time.

How to Make a Campfire:


Have you seen my classroom themes page at my new site? There are photos and ideas for over 30 themes. Click on the CLASSROOM THEMED button below at the top of this page to check it out. :)

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futureflstar said...

I'm curious if your house is as creativity filled as your classroom? :)
I so love all of your ideas. We were just informed that we cannot put anything on our freshly painted walls. :( So we are stuck with our bulletin board space and white space only(although I'm thinking cabinets may work too)...I'm feeling a bit perturbed since I have so much stuff to display...and it looks like most of what I will be able to put up will be my word wall. Any thoughts? our BB's are 4x4...I'm being told I have 5 in my room.

Kreative Kari said...

I love this theme! There are so many great ideas here! I am currently teaching preschool, and I think the kids would love it if we sat around a "camp fire" during circle time!

Kreative Kari said...

I love this theme! There are so many great ideas here! I am currently teaching preschool, and I think the kids would love it if we sat around a "camp fire" during circle time!