~I received a few items to facilitate this review from Overstock. Opinions and stories are my own.~
We have one full month of summer before school starts and we’re trying to enjoy every last drop! Sometimes we can’t actually get away from the house, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! Our original plan for this summer was to find time to go camping, but we weren’t really sure how Judah would take sleeping away from home and didn’t want to risk having to drive back in the middle of the night. However, that didn’t mean we couldn’t go camping at home and have outdoor style adventures! The idea came to me when I received a Kalorik Fun S’mores Maker from Overstock.com. It brings the best part of camping indoors!
You may have noticed that I took mine outside. That’s what extension cords are for! Teen and I were the S’mores makers. It’s really simple and you can use it in your home. It heats an electric coil on the inside that “roasts” the marshmallows. Since the chocolate and graham crackers are all set up in the trays, it makes it fun for kids to make their own ooey gooey mess!
The nice thing is, no one is holding onto a flaming marshmallow or complaining that theirs turned to charcoal.
Once you are finished making treats, you can turn it off and wait a short while for it to cool down. There is no fire to put out, no hot coals to smother or icky marshmallow sticks gathering ants. You can just put it away in the cabinet and clean the plastic tray.
Although that is one of the best parts of camping, there are lots of other fun things you can do for your at home camping adventures! Here are some ideas on how to make your family camping night the best!
1) Build your tent inside. If you don’t have a tent, help your kids make forts with blankets. Let them know that that’s how it was done in the old days! Another idea is to grab one of those easy to put together play tents that look like log cabins.
2) Have the kids pack up their favorite books and little toys in a backpack. Judah has his new Nuby Green Monster Backpack that he uses. I suppose camping with monsters is okay as long as they don’t eat the marshmallows.
3) Have Picnic supplies. You can’t live off S’mores alone. Sad, I know! You can put together a nice picnic and if you have a picnic basket set, even better! Make it fun with little finger food snacks and take along some outdoor fun activities that you would do if you were camping, like binoculars for bird watching!
4) Turn off all electronics and when it gets dark, turn off all the lights and hand the kids flashlights. This gives it a realistic touch. You can read stories by flashlight or if you have a star projector, go star gazing. We have the Smithsonian Room Planetarium/Projector that we got the kids for Christmas where the stars revolve on the ceiling.
5) Bring outdoor sounds indoors. Judah has a sound machine that plays night sounds, mostly crickets and other insects. It truly does sound like we taped a hot summer night in July and brought it indoors.
The most important thing is to have fun. Put your own electronics away and imagine you are out in the wilderness with your kids, just with indoor plumbing! You can find all sorts of items on Overstock.com to help make your at-home camping adventure come to life. All the best parts and none of the mosquitoes.