Preschool Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

Camping Under the Stars

Books to Share

Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes.

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen.

Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins.

Monk Camps Out by Emily McCully.

Otto Goes to Camp by Todd Parr.

Quiet Night by Marilyn Singer.



Make backpack nametags using the pattern provided. Or, use the tree pattern from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at


This Camp is My Camp, This Camp is Your Camp

(Adapted by Krystale Garrett. Sing to the tune of “This Land is My Land.”)

This camp is my camp,

This camp is your camp.

We can go hiking

Then maybe biking.

We can go fishing,

See fish so squishy.

This camp was made for you and me.

Sing “A Camping We Will Go” from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at, to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell.”

Sing “Cooking Marshmallows” and “I’m Going Camping” from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at, to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey.”

Sing “Yeah Rah, Camp” on P. 157-158 in A Storytime Year by Susan Dailey.


Tell “Adam Alan’s Camping Trip” on P. 160-163 in A Storytime Year by Susan Dailey. This is an interactive story that has the children make sounds when the storyteller says a specific word. The author includes patterns for picture cards that the storyteller can hold up when it is time for the children to make a sound.

Tell “The Chicken in the Library” at


Paper Bag Backpack

Visit Danielle’s Place at for instructions on how to make this craft.


  • Two toilet paper rolls
  • Construction or copy paper
  • Glue sticks or liquid glue
  • Scotch tape
  • String
  • Hole punch

Before the program, cut pieces of colored paper to fit around the toilet paper tubes, and cut pieces of string approximately 15-24 inches long. Give each child two toilet paper tubes, two sheets of pre-cut paper, and two pieces of string. The children glue the colored paper around the toilet paper tubes and tape the two tubes together. Punch one hole on the outside edge of each tube and tie the string in the holes. The children can hang the binoculars to wear around their necks.

Yellow Binoculars made with Crafts Material

Games and Activities

What Would You Pack?

Talk about the kinds of things campers use on camping trips. Hold up photos of camping items, pictures such as those in those included at the end of this program, or pictures from magazines. Ask the children if they would take them on a camping trip or not.

Bring a backpack. Bring items you might bring camping and items better left at home. Ask the children help you select which items to put in the backpack.

Jean Warren’s Preschool Express has lots of cute camping games to play. See for directions for playing “Hungry Bear”, “Owl Search”, “Peanut Toss”, “Fishing Game”, and “Flashlight Pictures.”

Play “Camping Bingo.” Reproducible cards can be found at Making Friends at Choose from 12 printable cards.

Books to Display or Booktalk

Babar’s Rescue by Laurent Brunhoff.

Bear Hug by Laurence Pringle.

Camping by Nancy Hundal.

Follow the Trail by Jessica Loy.

Frank and Izzy Set Sail by Laura Kvasnosky.

Let’s Go Camping by Jan Mader.

Oh Yeah! by Tom Birdseye.

Bulletin Board

Come Camp Out With Us!

Make campfire logs from brown construction paper, and make flames from red, yellow and orange tissue paper.


Display items you would take camping, such as a backpack, flashlight, canteen, etc. Add books about camping, cooking camp food, and hiking. Ask your local Boy Scout troop for items to display.


Build a fake campfire in the center of the room. Use real logs or logs made by wrapping log-shaped objects in brown paper. Add orange and red tissue paper to make the flames. Sit around the “campfire” with the children during storytime.


Serve graham crackers, individual mini marshmallows, and individual mini Hershey® bars.

Guest Speakers

Invite a representative from your local zoo, state park, or nature refuge to talk about Texas wildlife. They might be able to bring an animal with them. Ask your local Boy Scout troop to talk about Boy Scouts and camping.

Audio Recordings

“Cows” on Dance Party by The Wiggles.

“I’m a Cow” on Dance Party by The Wiggles.


Kidsongs: Day at Camp. (30 minutes)

Sing Along Songs-Campout. (30 minutes)

Web Sites

Go Camping America Kids Pages This web site provides information for kids about camping. It includes games to play in the car, safety tips, first aid, and information on plants, bugs, and animals, as well as recipes. It also includes information on the 50 states.

Professional Resources

A Storytime Year: A Month-to-Month Kit for Preschool Programming by Susan Dailey.

The Best Kids Book Site

Storytime ideas, books, crafts, and fingerplays are available on this web site.

Danielle’s Place

This web site contains instructions and samples of high quality crafts for educators. Selected crafts on site are free, while others require a paid membership.

Jean Warren’s Preschool Express

This site includes toddler and preschool storytime activities, songs, crafts, and patterns. The pattern section is useful for making nametags.

Making Friends

This web site contains instructions and ideas for making crafts on numerous themes. Most of the crafts are free and have printable patterns, others have kits that must be purchased.

Oriental Trading Company

Craft supplies, craft kits, party supplies, and small inexpensive incentives are all available from this web site.

Craft Materials

Backpack Nametag

Backpack Nametag Sheet - Eight Backpack Outlines

What Would You Pack?

Four Clipart images of Flashlight, Campfire, Canoe, Tent

Texas Reading Club 2009 Programming Manual / Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011