Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Camping Themed Classroom Pictures and Ideas {2012 Edition}

I've created several printable resource packets for you to use in your classroom. Combined they have everything you could possibly need (with the exception of bulletin board borders and background paper/fabric) to create a wonderful camping theme learning environment. Be sure to check out:
{download this original classroom theme packet here}

My Original Camping Themed Classroom Packet has a perfect rating on TPT (be sure to check out all the positive feedback from buyers). It includes all of the printable items shown in the sample picture below, plus more including: 
  • Deskplates, 
  • 4 Passes (Boys, Girls, Nurse, and Hall)
  • Welcome Postcards
  • Star of the Week Template
  • Bookmarks
  • 2 Reading Logs
  • Lesson Plan Book Template
  • Locker / Cubby / Nametags
  • Thank You Cards
  • 2 Communication Book Covers
  • Communication Page Template
  • 12 Calendar Titles
  • Calendar Squares 
  • Bulletin Board Title Cards
  • Note Paper - to plan your theme
  • Camping Word Bank Template - to help brainstorm even more ideas
{download this original classroom theme packet here}

My New Camping Themed Classroom Packet includes 125 pages of printables.
{See a full product description and download a free preview here}
  • Job Chart
  • Clip Chart {imo, the BEST form of classroom management}
  • Basket Labels
  • Multipurpose Labels
  • Number Cards
  • Nameplates
  • Word Wall Set {including title, alphabet and blank word cards}
  • Welcome Banner
  • Custom Banner
  • Pennant Banner
  • Plan Book / Grade Book Cover
  • Schedule Cards
{See a full product description and download a free preview here}

{See a full product description and download a free preview here}

I did the Camping Theme for the 2006-2007 school year and it's one of my favorites. 

That is completely ironic because I make no secret about the fact that I hate nature.
I'm far from being a girly-girl, but bugs and dirt are not my thing. Plus, I'm a total hypochondriac and pretty much convince myself that every mosquito bite will lead to Triple E and that if I step foot off of the pavement I will contract Lyme Disease. Disney's Wilderness Lodge is as rustic as this girl will ever get. But, the theme was fun.

So without further babble, I present you with a collection of ideas to help get your Camping Theme underway.
  • S’More Good Work
  • Camp Learn-a-Lot
  • Camp Fire Stories (Writing Board)
  • Hike into ________
  • Camping Out With a Good Book
  • Spotlight on Good Work (with flashlights)
  • ______ is a Picnic
  • Making Tracks in ______
  • Mountain of Good Work
  • Reach the Summit
  • Fired Up for ______ (with a campfire)
  • Glowing Good Work (with fireflies)
  • We’ve Got Our Sight Set on ______ (binoculars)
  • Lodge Rules
  • Don’t Be a Little Stinker, Follow the Rules (with a skunk)
  • Whooooo’s Here Today (with an owl)
  • What a Catch
  • These Boots Are Made for _______ (hiking boots)
  • Now We’re Cooking (grill)
  • Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
  • Star-Gazing (stars with pics)
  • Mr./Mrs. ________’s Happy Campers

  • This Year Will be PACKED With Fun (with hiking packs)
  • Look Who’s Camping Out in _________
  • Camp Chores
  • We All Pitch In (with a tent)
  • Word Woods
  • Word Watching (with birds and binoculars)

  • Bug Jars (jar for each month with bugs inside for each child)


  • Earthy-Toned fabrics or craft paper
  • flannel
  • red and white checkered table clothes
  • maps
  • tye-dyed (like camp shirts)

  • bag of marshmallows
  • sticks
  • graham cracker box
  • Hershey bar wrappers
  • paper plates (on red checkered background)
  • plastic bugs (hot glue on to fabric)
  • pine garland (available in most craft/dollar stores and super cheap after Christmas)
  • camp themed lights

  • tent
  • sleeping bags
  • artificial Christmas trees
  • logs/tree stumps for sitting on
  • camp chairs
  • coolers for sitting on (also great for storing items inside)
  • picnic baskets
  • fishing poles
  • Woodland Stuffed Animals
  • Flashlights


  • Use Woodsy-themed or flannel fabric to make pillow cases.
  • Instead of just numbering tables refer to them as “Camp Sites”
  • Use tackle boxes as supply boxes.
  • Create a Survival Guide as your welcome letter and info to parents.
  • Instead of bathroom passes I made outhouse passes.
  • Use flashlights to “read the room” or for word wall games.
  • Make a CD of nature sounds to play.
  • Provide Lincoln Logs for recess/choice time.

How to Make a Campfire:




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Also be sure to check out my other original CAMPING themed classroom decor packets in my teacher store as well as the Clutter-Free Classroom's Guide to Classroom Decor. Click the image to see more details.

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  1. I LOVE the camping theme. I was just thinking of that this week. I taught at a summer camp one summer and loved it. I was thinking it would be nice and relaxing if we could be more connected to nature and do a camping theme in the classroom.
    Right now my room has a space theme.

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