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Flame-free campfire Itâ€&#x;s hard to imagine a camp out without a campfire, but if it just isnâ€&#x;t possible in your backyard, make a pretend one. Let the kids gather small twigs, then stuff red, yellow and orange issue paper or napkins between the sticks to look like flames. A small flash light can be hidden under the paper to make a warm glow. Finally, circle the sticks with rocks. Real or not, this makes the perfect spot for storytelling, singing songs, telling jokes, or playing a favorite game under the soft glow of a lantern or flashlight. Star light, star bright Camping is the perfect time to notice the stars and search the nighttime sky for different constellations. Teach your children to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the great outdoors. Have fun exploring the nighttime sights and sounds. Help younger children identify sounds like crickets chirping, neighborhood dogs barking or insects buzzing. Catch fireflies in a jar. Nothing delights a young camper more than those little lights twinkling and flashing in the night.

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A backyard camping adventure would make the perfect party for the summer birthday boy or girl. No rental space costs, bake cupcakes instead of buying an expensive decorator cake, play tag or kickball in wide open spaces, roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, and enjoy the fresh air and fun in a tent. This will surely be enjoyed by the kids, and the parents can privately complain about their stiff back to their friends! No summer birthdays in your family? Consider inviting family members or neighbors to bring a tent and food to share for a night of laughs and memory making. Whatever you decide to do, keep it simple, and remember this is a night for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors in the comfort of your own backyard. Happy camping!

Summer 2011 Issue  

Summer 2011 Issue of Modern Handmade Child, a seasonal online magazine helping families to embrace the handmade way of life. In this issue:...

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