What to do when Camping

camping activities for kids

We are looking forward to temperatures dropping and are planning our next camping trip – Fall and perfect camping weather is coming! The kids have already got their fishing tackle boxes ready to go and are planning the different ingredients to use in s’mores this trip.  Do you go camping? Here are some of our […]

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Creative Road Trip Activities


There is something very nostalgic about taking a cross-country road trip.  Mom & Dad having great conversations while the kids are singing in the backseat.  Eating picnic lunches at quaint roadside parks.  Merrily camping the evenings before hitting the road again.  Everyone smiling and playing silly car games, like i Spy and the Telephone game. […]

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Road Trip Games


Summer just isn’t the same without the quintessential road trip.  Whether we are heading down the road 3 quick hours to Grandma’s house or driving 15 hours to the beach, we always over plan to keep our kiddos busy in the car.  I pack special toys, new books, different snacks, and yes, a new movie or […]

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Camp Fire Food: Fruit & Smore Cones

Campfire food smores Cones

One of my favorite things about camping is the food. Food cooked on a fire tastes so much better than the “everyday” food we make at home! A couple of weekends ago we went on a camping trip as a family – it was wonderful! Other than my kids catching their first fish (I think […]

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Literacy Game for Kids: Bananagrams!!! (and a giveaway)

Banana Game: appletters

Love scrabble? Or Word Friends? But want something that your preschooler-elementary aged child can play with you? Having played “the banana game” in the past, I have been drooling over Bananagrams new game series Appletters & Pairs in Pears. Every Friday is “game day” and we try to do fun learning activities all day. A […]

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Target Practice Game {perfect for camping}

target practice game

My husband and I camped a lot before kids. When Big M started walking (ahem running) camping became less of a fun, relaxing event and more of a long distance sprint.   Needless to say, we stopped camping outdoors as often (but we still pretend to camp inside). Well hip hip hooray, M and M have […]

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Camping With Kids (and #KOACampfire)

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We are dreaming of Spring and returning to camping with the kids. There are tons of great discussions right now in the KOA Campfire community, all about tips on enjoying the outdoors with your kids. . Have you ever bribed your kids to entice them to enjoy the outdoors?  I know I have!  Dan from […]

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Camping for the fun of it: Another It’s Playtime

Pretend play camping

Kids love nooks, nooks for reading, nooks for pretending, nooks for re-grouping (time-outs), nooks for having magical lunches in whimsical places, nooks to bring the outdoors in. Last week in It’s Playtime we had a couple of really nifty nooks and forts submitted. Like these forts? Come chat in the KOA Campfire community about the […]

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Its playtime a kids meme

kids meme

It’s Playtime and all the fun kids activities posts that are linked up each week are the highlight of my Thursdays!  I love browsing all the fun things you and your kids have done and/or created!  Here were a few of my favorites from the last Playtime link-up. Make Valentine Ornaments.  Mommy Labs made a […]

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Gather Around the Campfire

Indoor Campfire

Over the next few weeks families will gather together to share stories and laugh over memories. It reminds me a little of an old fashioned campfire. But the weather has pushed us all indoors, so we have found a solution! Check out this conversation from the KOA Campfire Community: .

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Outdoor Scavenger Hunts

scavenger hunt

Today we are chatting about Scavenger Hunts at the KOA Campfire Community. You really should join us over there…it is a lot of fun! I love Rachel’s ideas! Please add your own below and we will have ONE MASSIVE SEARCH! .

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Flat Square Marshmallows

I thought this was really fun and started a discussion over in the KOA Around the Campfire Community…you can respond below or head over to the KOA community and see what else we are chatting about huddled closely with marshmallow roasting sticks in our hands. .

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Natural Ornament Ideas

Natural Ornaments

All week we are featuring our favorite homemade ornaments on our facebook wall. Here are a few of the “natural ornament” inspirations we have found on the web and mentioned in the KOA Camping Community that we are part of. If you have a favorite, please leave a link or a photo on our facebook […]

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Outdoor Party Idea: Have a Trail Mix Bar (#koacampfire)


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Camping At Home: Simple Backyard Fun!


Camping is a great way to build memories with your kids.  This Wednesday, at 9pm CST we are participating in a live chat on the KOA Campfire Community all about camping, road-trips and all the fun and chaos we all enjoy in holiday travels.  I’d love to have you join us! . And you don’t […]

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What is Fire?

what is fire experiment

My first college Chemistry class lab was about learning to observe and take notes on what you see, feel, hear, smell, taste and experience.  What that looked like for us was 3 hours of staring at a lit Bunsen Burner. Exciting, eh? Seeing what happened at my kitchen table yesterday with Rhett(5) brought back a […]

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Camping Adventure: At Home

playtime kids adventure

We Quirky Mommas are on a camping kick!  A few weeks ago we played pretend camping at home, we made a tent from PVC pipes and this weekend my daughter is off to her first sleepover – and it’s going to have a camping theme!  I love watching the kids go on grand adventures in […]

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Make A Tent

diy tent

When I was a kid, I always wished that Tinker Toys were life-sized so I could build a house and then live in it. I think that is why I love this project so much.  Ryan recently had a sleep-over at a friend’s house for a camping-themed birthday party.  His friend’s mom had cut some […]

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