Camping Centers and Activities

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Everyone loves a camping theme. Learning about nature, forest animals, insects, the night sky, rivers, fishing, and smores will get your students interested and excited to come to school. And we all know, when students are interested, they are more engaged, they gain new knowledge and skills, and they develop a love of learning.

I just wanted to stop in and share some of my camping themed activities I do in the classroom with my little learners.



Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

I LOVE creating play dough trays for every theme. Why? Because it is something my students love to play with and it is amazing fine motor work! My forest invitation to play tray has green play dough, blue play dough, bugs, snakes, frogs, blue gems, green gems, and pebbles (all purchased from the Dollar Tree, even the tray). Students made forest, river, and pond habitats for the animals. Some students made patterns and designs in the play dough too!  

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

How cute is this? To make the logs, students cut brown paper strips and glued it to the paper. Then they painted the fire on top of the logs! A fun way to practice cutting lines.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Camping paper and vocabulary cards are a must for a camping theme. I try to change up my writing center with each theme to keep students excited about drawing and writing! The paper and word cards are included in my Camping Math and Literacy Centers.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Build camping words using rock letter manipulatives. This was the perfect activity for my pre-k students to get students talking about camping and build their vocabulary.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Sorting letters different ways helps students build knowledge about letters, the types of lines that make up each letter, and letter sounds. We sorted the letters a few different ways: uppercase/lowercase, in my name/not in my name, straight lines/curvy lines/both. These are included in my Camping Math and Literacy Centers.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Tracing basic lines helps students build strength in their hands, wrists, and fingers and develop motor memory. Students traced the lines with a dry erase marker and erased it. These forest animal cards were a hit in my library center. They are included in my Camping Math and Literacy Centers.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Camping books for our camping theme! There are so many amazing books for this theme.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Have you tried making patterns using marshmallows? It is a ton of fun plus students are strengthening their pincer grasp when they stamp the marshmallows. If your marshmallows are too squishy, leave them out over night to dry out. Students made AB, AABB, ABC, and ABB patterns.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Go fishing for numbers and quantities. Add a "fishing line" with clothespins for students to clip the fish on after they find a match. Put a blue plastic tablecloth under the fish to represent water. These fish are included in my Camping Math and Literacy Centers.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Smores number match is yummy activity to practice counting and number recognition. These are included in my Camping Math and Literacy Centers.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Have smores for snack! Each student could build their own smore with graham crackers, chocolate, and a spoonful of marshmallow cream. 

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Take the camping theme into your blocks center. Add forest animals, rocks, tree rings, and fake leaves for students to use in their block play. Check your state conservation department for free posters, brochures, and coloring books about the forest. The square posters are old wall calendars I laminated.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Don't forget to add non-fiction books about various forest animals to support their block play. Students can use the books as a reference as they build.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Make your sensory table into a river or pond. Fill it with water, add some pebbles, fish, snakes, and frogs. Make a few lily pads using craft foam in different sizes. Students experimented with how many frogs each lily pad would hold.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Go on a nature walk outside. Collect items on tape bracelets or in a basket for your science center.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Investigate rocks in your science center. Add a sorting tray, scale, books about rocks, magnifying glasses, and writing tools for students to use in their investigations. Check out THIS science post for the Parts of a Scientist anchor chart freebie.

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

Turn your dramatic play center into a campsite! I promise your students will LOVE it. I wrote a post all about how I did it HERE and how I embedded a ton of math and literacy experiences into their play too!

Camping themed centers and activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Fun to do in the fall or spring!

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Don't want your own camping centers? Save time (and energy) and grab my Camping Math and Literacy Centers from my store HERE. Then all you have to do is print and prep!


Happy Camping!

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