Camp Stories and Coloring
Starter ideas for good campfire stories
- Yogi Bear wakes up in the middle of hibernating, hungry for a midnight snack.
- A boy and girl go hiking in the woods and confront a bear – who talks!
- Late at night, cozy in your tent, you hear something growl. And it isn’t your stomach!
Think you have a high-caliber cannonball? Go up against your family and friends and give it your best shot. Score by the size of the splash, but style points count too. Smile at the judges (aka Mom and Dad) and see how much water you can knock out of the pool!
In this game, the first one to the bottom ends up on top. Someone tosses in a penny, or a quarter, or a three-carat diamond (uh, not likely) and you and your friends or sibs take a deep dive to the bottom of the pool. Whoever grabs it and brings it back up scores a point.
The air may be hot, but it certainly won’t be dry as fun-loving campers pelt each other with cool water in all its splashiest forms. Anything from hoses and buckets to squirt guns and water balloons. Different Parks feature different ways to battle it out, but all’s fair in a Jellystone Park Water War.
You don’t need a gym. You don’t need sand. All it takes is a Jellystone Park swimming pool, a ball and a net. Team up with old friends and meet new ones while you play the aquatic version of this popular sport. Bump, set, spike, splash! Volleyball is even cooler in the pool.
It’s hard to imagine there’s someone who hasn’t discovered this game yet, but we wanted to refresh your memory. To play, one player closes their eyes and repeatedly shouts, “Marco” and each time the other players respond with “Polo”. The first player moves blindly around the pool trying to tag the others, as they try to evade him or her. The first one caught is now “It” – the next Marco searcher.
What’s a camping trip without s’mores?
Here are some creative ways to make them!
Traditional S’more – Graham Cracker + Chocolate + Marshmallow
Caramel S’more – Graham Cracker + Chocolate + Caramel Topping + Sprinkle of Coarse Sea Salt + Marshmallow
Tropical S’more – Graham Cracker + Pineapple Slice + White Chocolate + Toasted Coconut Marshmallow
Peanut Butter S’more – Graham Cracker + Peanut Butter Cup + Marshmallow
Cheesecake S’more – Graham Cracker + Whipped Cream Cheese + Strawberry, Raspberry or Blueberry Jam + Marshmallow
The recipe for a fun picnic? There’s more than one.
Try some of these. Everything tastes better when you’re eating outdoors! Click on each recipe for details, or download them all here:
Cup of Dirt
Cup of Dirt
What’s more yummy than gummy worms on top of crushed cookies on top of chocolate pudding?
Small pretzel twists, a banana, raisins and apple slices make a tasty, fun snack sure give the kids butterflies in their stomachs.
Chocolate Bird Nests
Chocolate Bird Nests
Make these around Easter, or anytime, and you’ll see your kids flying into the kitchen.
- 8 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate, chopped
- 2-2.5 cups chow mein noodles
- Small jelly beans, speckled malted milk eggs or other egg-shaped candy
- Line a baking pan with aluminum foil.
- Spray with a non-stick vegetable spray.
- Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
- Carefully fold in the chow mein noodles.
- Spoon six mounds of the mixture onto the pan and, with your fingers, form each one into a 4” (10 cm) nest shape.
- Make a small indentation in the center of each nest and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Just before serving, remove the nests from the fridge and place the egg-shaped candy in the center of each nest.
Hold everything – these sweet treats are campfire legends.
- 1 ice cream cone
- A variety of fillings: chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, white chocolate morsels, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, toffee pieces, mini marshmallows, brown sugar, coconut, banana pieces, dried fruit
- 1 piece of foil, big enough to wrap the cone
Allow each camper to layer in the fillings of their choice. Wrap securely with foil and place over heat near campfire or on grill just long enough for the chocolates to melt. Unwrap and enjoy!
Kids jump at the chance to make these. Use apple slices, peanut butter, gummy worms, grapes and chocolate chips to make funny, yummy frog faces that bring a smile to your kids’ faces. Helpful hint: use toothpicks to keep chocolate chips in place.
The perfect breakfast for growling stomachs. With bread, peanut butter, banana slices and blueberries, Breakfast Bears are a healthy, happy way to start the day.
No kid can be crabby when they’re staring down this super cute snack. Just cut a cored apple in half, slice a few strawberries and marshmallows, and arrange it all on a plate as shown. Add chocolate chips to make googly eyes for a real “seefood” snack.
Oh boy, these Doughboys turning a traditional breakfast treat upside down.
- Refrigerated biscuit dough
- Squeeze margarine
- Cinnamon sugar
- A fat wooden stick, a campfire, foil
- Cover the end of the stick (a broomstick works well) with foil.
- Wrap the dough of one biscuit around the stick so that it forms an inverted cup.
- Roast your biscuit over the campfire until cooked.
- Pull the biscuit off, turn it over, and pour some margarine and cinnamon sugar inside for a sweet, simple campfire treat.
Cookie Cutter Fruit Kabob
Aim for the stars with this refreshingly simple snack. Just use a cookie cutter to make watermelon stars and stack blueberries on a skewer for a snack perfect for 4th of July or any time.
Turn oatmeal, kiwi and blueberries into a bear-y special Jellystone Park breakfast. It’s almost too cute to eat!
Pancakes, bananas, blueberries and strawberries make a bow-tied bear breakfast that’s simply irresistible.
It just takes a little flower power to get the kids to eat a healthy breakfast, using mini waffles, strawberries and kiwi to brighten their plates and start the day off right.
Make your favorite batch of chocolate cupcake mix and garnish with chocolate icing, chocolate sprinkles, black string licorice, candy eyes, and voila! You’ve got yourself a chocolate spider treat.
Banana Ghosts & Tangerine Pumpkins
Peel and cut your bananas in half, then stuff them with slightly melted chocolate chips to create a spooky banana ghost.
Transform your tangerines into festive little pumpkins by first peeling them and then cutting to size the celery stick for the stem.
These creatures are as friendly as they are delicious!
- Green apples, each quartered
- Almond butter or hazelnut butter
- Sunflower seeds
- Strawberries, sliced
- Candy eyes
- Cut the middle out of each quarter apple to create the mouth.
- Coat the inside of the mouth with a filling of almond or hazelnut butter.
- Place sunflower seeds on the top of where the mouth is for the teeth.
- Place one strawberry slice inside the mouth for the tongue.
- Place candy eyes above the mouth, using a dab of almond butter to make it stick in place.
Wrap the pastry strips around each sausage, bake them in the oven until they become golden brown, and then add a small dot of honey to attach the candy eyes for some adorable sausage mummies!
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