July 9, 2013

Camping Books for Kids









Yes, I'm still yakking about my camping obsession. Remember my recent BIG BIG Camping Books post? Well I found one of the books that was on that list...at the grocery store! I've mentioned a few times on the blog that I have found loads of cute books at the grocery store, of all places.

My grocery store appeared to have a whole series of camping books, and I grabbed 'Sleeping in a Sack' and 'Backyard Birding for Kids'.

So much Fun and Useful Information! For example, did you know that you can put a piece of carrot, potato, meat and ketchup all together in a foil packet and cook it and it becomes the grossest sounding stew you've ever heard of? Apparently you can cook ANYTHING in a foil packet. I think my cooking might never be the same.

You can learn about knots! And stars! Knots on stars? You can learn how mark a trail! Make a tin can planetarium! You can identify birds and start a club! I always wanted to be in the kind of clubs I read about in books. It never happened. Do kids still make secret clubs? I think if my childhood neighborhood had ever had one, it would have been called Avoid the Terrible Bully Down the Road. I hated that guy with all of my 8 year old being, and would have joined any organization to plan his downfall.

However, it really makes no big diff if you aren't particularly camping inclined, like me, who longs to camp only in the Airstream camper of my dreams. You and your kidlet will feel PREPARED after reading these books. You will learn to sing songs about camping. You will FEEL like a camper, which in my mind, is better than really camping.

(Or you can haul your @#$ out to the great outdoors and actually put some of these skills to use. HA HA HA HA. Who's going to do that? NOT ME!)

19 comments:

  1. That's a great load of information! Especially for me who does not know anything about camping apart from watching the camping scene from Parent Trap. Seriously though, I really want to know how to make knots! That skill will surely impress kiddo (and become useful one day)! I have never been able to find any constellation. The stars are hardly visible where I live :(

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    1. LOVE that scene from The Parent Trap! ha ha! I do think knot making is cool, and I would officially like to learn how :)

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  2. Oh Melissa, I laughed out loud at this line: "You will FEEL like a camper, which in my mind, is better than really camping." That is SO me! I love most everything about camping... everything except the sleeping outside part. And the no shower part. And the cleaning up dishes without running water part. That's a lot... hahahahs!

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    1. I like to feel like a great many things! A British person, a character in a Jane Austen book, a Scandinavian troll living in Ikea....oh my imagination is endlessly weird.....:)

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  3. Haha! I want these books, because I hope to get camping equipment over the next year so we can actually camp! ;) I think it would be awesome to head to the Ozarks or eastern Oklahoma in the spring or fall next year. I still miss the camping trips I took with my ma, brother, and stepdad in the Georgia mountains when I was in college.

    I admit, though, if I had an awesomely decorated vintage camper, I would use it.

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    1. I want to go camping with you! You sound like you would know what you were doing! Falltime camping sounds awesome, what a great idea.

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  4. Love it! Pinning it for future reference.

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    1. Be sure and try out the stew in a packet....and let me know how it is! :) (the chili sounds pretty ok though)

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  5. Right there with you on camping. I love the outdoors and I love hiking and stargazing and cookouts (mmmmm....s'mores) and nature and all that good stuff, but I also like to come home and take a shower after enjoying said things. We backpacked a lot when I was a young kid and I think I got my belly full of being dirty for a week. Don't even get me started on freeze dried beef stew (shudders at the thought). The trip that a bear took most of our other our food I ate more of it than I care to think about ever again. You know it's bad when not even a bear wants it.

    But these look like awesome books to use on nature hikes with our kidlet. She's always game for a hike and loves to look at the stars, so these are great resources for learning more:)

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    1. I really think I am more suited for a cabin. Or a small hotel. :)

      I actually have very fond memories of staying in a cabin in Nevada with my aunt and my cousins when I was young. We played board games and skipped stones and ate baked beans. It was fabulous! Oh and we saw baby bear while driving home from one trip. Then my uncle drove extra fast b/c we figured where there is a baby bear, the mama can't be too far behind!!

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  6. Okay, I am not a super camping woman-- in fact with 3 small children I pretty much avoid it at all costs. But..

    BUT!!

    I am seriously dying!! Foil dinners!! They rock!! HOW HAVE YOU NEVER HEARD OF THEM?!?! (Its just so funny because I was talking to two friends-- both raised in Montana for goodness sake-- both own campers and they had never heard of a foil dinner?! You're from Hawaii, so I can see where it might new. ;)

    Here's the low down: foil dinners (also called tin foil dinners)...think of baking salmon in foil-- that's not a foreign concept right? Think of roasting a pig in the sand---for goodness sake! (teasing!)

    Okay, so meat (usually ground beef), sliced potatoes, sliced carrots, maybe some onion, some seasoning. Wrap it in foil (and believe me there is skill required to seal it up nicely so you don't loose anything in the fire) and place it in the coals of a fire...HELLO DELICIOUSNESS!!

    Granted, checking the 'doneness' is tricky...but sometimes you get crispy potatoes which are so tasty! Ketchup is for after it cooks in my experience...never had a stewy one at all.

    Oh, my insane comments! Sorry! I'm gonna find you a pin or a post or something of foil dinners-- or I'll have to do one myself :)

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    1. Quick side note here-- do not google search foil dinners, you will see odd piles of grossness!! I should say that it's usually dark when I have eaten them because I'm outside...at night...BUT!! I'm gonna find one that looks good and send you the link-- where they look so delicious!!

      Okay, double dose of my craziness in one post! YIKES!

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    2. OK NOW I'M TOTALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS! I'm going to make me a foil dinner! In my backyard! You DO need to a post about this! A tutorial please! How long in the foil? Pictures! You do a post! Yes yes! :)

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    4. Oh the typos in that deleted comment :/

      YES!! I will post about them--- I've found some very delicious looking things to show you! Mwaahaahaa (an evil laugh seemed appropriate there for some reason!) Be excited :))

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    5. I want a whole meal please. I want a dinner in foil and a dessert in foil. You show me how. I will dutifully copy! VERY VERY EXCITED NOW FOR MY FOIL DINNER!

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  7. Ok, I camped last year with four kids for TWENTY EIGHT nights. (and a husband who likes to cook. Prob the most important ingredient) We we supposed to do one more night but the site we stopped at on our drive home through England had a sign saying "No kids. No tents." I was SO SO SO happy we had to find a hotel, as you can imagine. I'd recommend (always takes me a few tries to spell that right!)camping if the weather is lovely and sunny. Its really not so bad! Never had a foil dinner though!

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  8. It's really remembered the childhood day. I like it so much. I will keep updated the same.
    I found a great list of Cooking books at Bookfari. http://www.bookfari.com/Category/9/cooking_courses-and-dishes, they are far cheaper than in store and delivered to home.

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  9. I am a park ranger and I have this whole series of books. I absolutely love them and use them regularly! Anyone who goes camping with kids should read these.

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