Are you looking for a no-prep music lesson plan with a camping theme that you can use in your preschool classes? Or are you hoping to add to your bag of camp-themed musical resources?
My kids love to go camping. My husband takes them out to the woods once or twice a year and they have an absolute blast! Not me though – I’ll stick with sleeping bug-free in a comfortable bed! But I do love many of the activities surrounding camping, such as hiking, sitting around the fire, and roasting marshmallows.
Some of your preschool students have been camping before. Others may never get the chance to go camping. One day the thought occurred to me, “what if we brought the best of the camping experience indoors for preschool music class?” This idea eventually led me to create the “Let’s Go Camping” lesson plan.
This lesson plan incorporates a few camp songs that are sung at youth camps every summer! The kid’s favorite part is when we pretend to roast marshmallows. We put some red and orange scarves on the floor for the “fire” and hold rhythm sticks over it to “roast” our marshmallow, all while we sing “On Top of My Cracker.”
This no-prep lesson plan was designed for PreK and Kindergarten-aged kids, but lower elementary kids love these activities too! I usually do this in the Fall, but you can use it any time of the year.
This lesson plan was designed for group, movement-based preschool music classes.
My goal is to make music lesson plans that are simple so that teachers with any amount of music background can lead a class with confidence. The lessons are easy to adapt to your own needs and situation.
You can buy the full lesson plan on Teachers Pay Teachers, but here are the highlights:
- Easy sing-along camp songs
- Sheet music and lyrics for those songs
- Fun music to add to your playlist that will appeal to young kids
- A list of age-appropriate storybook recommendations about camping activities
- Specific instructions on how to use all of the songs and activities with kids ages 0-5
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