My son has been kind of obsessed with camping and the solar system lately. I thought I would surprise him by planning a camp cookout day filled with fun activities, finished off with cooking dinner outside and waiting for the stars to fill up the night sky for some star gazing and planet spotting. A special way to finish off the school holidays, ready for the new school term to start.
This is how our day went:
There is a brand new nature park which has been built about 5 mins up the road. This was our first stop to get that nature-y feel going. Climbing, swinging, balancing, digging and exploring kept us going for most of the morning. My son and his sister packed some sandwiches and fruit before we left, so after working up a good appetite they had a picnic at the park.
All refreshed and energized we decided to call in and get some stores and supplies for the camp cookout. Armed with a list we made quick work of getting everything we needed before heading home to set up the tee-pee tent.
Next came the fire. As we were using coals, we needed to heat them first before we could begin cooking so the kids kept entertained in their tee-pee playing games and cards and enjoying some of the activities we had made during the week like the ‘Gone Fishn’ game.
Once we were ready to cook the kids helped with preparing our fabulous dinner. Our menu included campfire corn on the cob with parsley (proudly from the garden!) paprika + garlic butter, Koko’s Cowboy baked beans + hot dogs. Peeling corn brings back so many fond childhood memories for me, I hope this is one of those moments that will stick in my sons mind, he did such an awesome job.
Once dinner was cooked it was time to wash up and tuck in! Good flavoursome food cooked from the heart, resulted in yelps of excitement as the novelty of eating outside together set in. We served their beans in tin cans for an authentic touch much to the kids delight.
With full pukus and spirits high, we decided to head out on a bush walk. We are super lucky to be surrounded by bush walks and parks right on our door step. The kids ran wild until the sun started to sink in the sky and the day started to turn into night.
Cue hot-chocolate time! Now we did have visions of toasted marshmallow goodness but my attempt failed in disaster and we ended up with a puddle of sticky mess. Luckily the kids knew how to do it better than me and they sandwiched melted marshmallow between choc ripple cookies and made deluxe hot chocolates topped with whipped cream, using the heat from the campfire embers.
We sat sipping and chatting waiting for the stars to greet us. As they started to make their way out, eye lids began to grow heavy and chatter seemed to fade out as a lil boy became worn out from his busy day.
We had such a great day and there were no devices in sight. Old skool games, being outside and just hanging out seemed to fill the time. I hope these kinds of days feature more in our calendar to encourage + strengthen those bonds of whanaungatanga within our lil family. Give it a try with your whanau! xx