(StatePoint) A camping trip is not only fun and relaxing, it can be the perfect opportunity to test out new skills and acquire more knowledge. Here are five ways to make your next camping trip a learning experience for family members of all ages:
1. Species identification: Before the trip, research the different plant and animal species you will likely encounter and what role each one plays in the ecosystem. From birds to bugs to shrubs, keep a checklist on hand and have your family identify as many species as they can.
2. Orienteering: Learn the basics of orienteering out on the trail using tools such as a Pro Trek hiking watch from Casio, which features a compass, altimeter, barometer and thermometer. Explain to children how to read each of the watch’s four sensors and the importance of each measurement, then let them take over navigation duty.
3. Jam session: In the evening, take some time to make music. These days, your campfire sing-along can go well beyond an acoustic guitar thanks to innovations in instrument design. With go-anywhere portability, Casiotone Keyboards feature optional battery power and a carrying handle that doubles as a holder for included music. Some of the keyboard models even have learning systems to help develop finger placement and chord progression. After an active day, you can unwind in the evening by honing your music skills.
4. Star gazing: Camping trips often provide unparalleled stargazing opportunities. After nightfall, find a clearing far away from the bright lights of other campers and enjoy the open sky. Consider bringing along an easy-to-pack telescope and star chart. You might even choose to plan your trip around a particular celestial event, such as a meteor shower.
5. New perspectives: From patience, cooperation and resilience, to a deeper appreciation for the natural world, camping offers many intangible lessons to those with an open mind. On your way home, ask every member of the family to reflect on their experiences and share what they learned.
With a bit of creativity, the great outdoors can be a classroom, in a sense. See your next outdoor adventure as a chance to learn and grow.
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