With the recent abundance of snow in the Northeast comes the frustrated Facebook posts from my friends; “ Cooped up again with the kids” and “Anyone have ideas of what to do now that school’s canceled…again?” Make it a camp day!
Start the day out with choices of cereal, cinnamon toast, pancakes and, of course, hot chocolate. Your winter camp day has begun.
Instead of automatically turning on the TV, take out some arts and crafts. If you have gimp or colored thread in the house you can make bracelets or key chains. (youtube is always available for a quick tutorial). Perhaps you could get a white pillowcase and decorate it for your camper to bring with them this summer.
What camp day is complete without songs? Take some time to choose themes and write funny, quirky songs to share. Don’t take it too seriously. Laughter is the best part.
If your child will be going to camp this summer, it is the perfect opportunity to organize a list of items he or she will be bringing with them or need to buy. Just thinking about camp in the winter is exciting.
Of course, the culmination of a great camp day is making smores. Here is a quick and easy recipe which will make your whole house smell like camp.
1 cup butter, melted 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup white sugar 3 cups miniature marshmallows
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
In medium bowl, combine butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until well coated. Press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with chocolate chips and then the marshmallows.
Sprinkle the remaining graham cracker mixture over the marshmallows and press down with a spatula.
Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes, until the marshmallows are melted.
Cool completely before cutting into squares.
Have fun with the kids. They grow up quickly. Enjoy these moments.