wwakindercarryphoto credit:  Natalie Roberts, Woven Wraps Australia

Camping!  Have you ever been tempted to throw the kids and supplies in the car and head out of the city, even just for a couple of nights?  I can’t encourage you enough, it’s such a great opportunity to reconnect with nature and family without the distractions of technology and everyday routine. Or, if the thought of roughing it doesn’t sound quite like your cup of tea, the Perth hills are the perfect place to try bushwalking or short hikes 😀 Pop baby up in a babycarrier and see how far you can get! We’re so lucky to have wonderful camp spots and walking trails within easy reach of our homes here in Perth, here are a couple of suggestions for books to research different directions:

Free-camping in the South of WAThe guide to free-camping in the south of W.A. -and your pets can come too! / S. & S. Collis.

Camping Atlas of Western AustraliaCamping atlas of Western Australia : complete guide to camping in national parks, state forests, nature reserves, selected private camping grounds / written by Colin and Prue Kerr.

 You could also try the trail finding tool at http://trailswa.com.au/ <<  this is really clever!

I was amazed at how many opportunities to sing our pram jam songs came up while we were away camping over the school holidays, and my toddler enjoyed himself so much that we’re hoping to head off again before I am due back at work next week (REMINDER: Pram Jam starts up again Monday, 20th April at 10am at Coolbellup Library, Wednesday, 22nd April at 10am at Success Library, and the next date for Spearwood library is Thursday, 7th May at 10am).


Ten little bull ants

One little, two little, three little bull ants
Four little, five little, six little bull ants
Seven little, eight little, nine little bull ants
Ten little bull ants crawling
Crawling crawling on my shoe, crawling crawling on my shoe,
crawling crawling on my shoe, ten little bull ants crawling
Ten little, nine little, eight little bull ants
Seven little, six little, five little bull ants
Four little, three little, two little bull ants
One little bull ant crawling

 Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be!

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gumleaves he can see
Stop, Kookaburra, Stop, Kookaburra
Leave some there for me.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra, Stop, Kookaburra,
That’s no monkey, that’s me.

We also found time to sing these favourites:

Old Macdonald had a farm (so many farms!)

I’m a little tea pot (stay away from the kettle please, bubba)

Baa Baa Black Sheep (and a white sheep and a grey sheep)

Five Green Speckled Frogs (while sitting on the log next to the swimming hole)

Five little ducks went out one day (still sitting on the log)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (so.many.stars!)

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow (We camped just outside of Balingup, a town full of scarecrows)

99 bottles of milk in the fridge (we were attempting a nap! too much excitement, bubba wasn’t keen)

This little piggy (just because it’s Indigo’s current favourite song)

and many many more!

We also took a few audio books to listen to for the drive down and back, the most popular being Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (chocolate was high on the agenda over the Easter weekend!). I think though, that the most enjoyable ‘learning’ moment for me this trip was listening to the baby echo his brothers and cousins counting to twenty during their nightly games of hide and seek – such a natural extension of his usual 1-10 repertoire!  Here are a few titles from our Junior Kindy and Board Book collections that you might like to check out with your baby:

Maisy_goes_CampingMaisy goes camping / Lucy Cousins.

an-australian-1-2-3-of-animalsAn Australian 1, 2, 3 of animals / Bronwyn Bancroft.

possum-magicPossum magic : opposites / Mem Fox, Julie Vivas.

I’d love to hear about your family camping adventures – good and bad!