Jul
29
2015

Camp Indoors with a DIY Campfire!

Camp Explorer: Week 4

This week, we are “camping” out in the living room, complete with a DIY campfire! Catch the step-by-step instructions below, and don’t forget to check back for a new project next week as we continue to post summer recipes, games, and activities for your little explorer!

We love to camp, but sometimes our schedules don’t allow us the time to escape to the great outdoors. Our solution? Camp indoors with a DIY campfire! Allow the kiddos to use their imagination as you pitch a living room tent and build a faux DIY campfire in 4 easy steps.

Supplies:

4 cardboard toilet paper rolls

6-10 tissue paper squares, in red, yellow and orange

Scissors

Glue Gun

 Step by Step

1. Cut all four rolls in half, and then re-roll them tighter, until the hole is about the diameter of a quarter. Use your glue gun to secure the roll. (Adults help out with the scissors and glue gun!)

2. Once the glue is dry, arrange your ‘logs’ into a campfire pile. Glue them down to hold in place.

3. Lay your yellow and red tissue paper in a loose stack. Grab the stack from the middle and pinch to form your “fire” in the shape of a cone.

4. Glue the tissue paper to the logs and allow to dry.

5. Now it’s time to pitch your tent nearby, unroll the sleeping bags and share a few spooky stories by flashlight. Enjoy!

Bonus: Whip up a batch of s’mores. Set up a s’mores station by the microwave and have the kiddos line up for their sweet treat! On a small plate place chocolate on top of half a graham cracker, add one large marshmallow and cook on medium for about 10-15 seconds until the marshmallow puffs and grows. Top with the other graham half and gently press down. Don’t forget to let it cool before eating!

Did you miss Weeks 1-3 of our Camp Explorer Activity Series? Catch them below!

Camp Explorer Week 1: Make Pan de Campo

Camp Explorer Week 2: Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Camp Explorer Week 3: Stargazing Activity Sheet

Jul
22
2015

Free Constellation Activity Sheet for Kids

Camp Explorer: Week 3

This week, print out our free constellation activity sheet for kids and watch your child learn the names and shapes of six constellations. Don’t forget to check back for a new project next week as we continue to post recipes, games, and activities for your little explorer!

Constellation Activity For Kids

Stargazing with Little Passports

Constellations are a group of stars that form pictures in the sky. Get your kids excited about astronomy by helping them become familiar with all the major constellations. After they learn the names and shapes, plan a night of stargazing and watch as they excitedly find their favorite ones! Stargazing can quickly turn into a night of storytelling, as many constellations come with their own classic tales.

Get started with our free activity sheet for kids! They’ll learn the names and shapes of 6 constellations! Click the image below to download.

Free Constellation Activity Sheet For Kids

Missed Week 1 and 2? Catch them below!

Camp Explorer Week 1: Make Pan de Campo

Camp Explorer Week 2: Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Jul
20
2015

Raising Global Citizens in Pakistan!

We love talking to moms around the world. We find it fascinating to learn about how families spend their days, and how it compares to what we have at home. It is also a great inspiration for thinking up new activities to do with the kiddos, or even a way to learn about kid-friendly destinations when planning our next vacation!

Each country and culture is filled with wonderful new adventures, so when guest blogger Zareen Rahman reached out about her kiddo’s adventures in Pakistan, we couldn’t wait to ask her a few questions!  Hear her story below.

Little Passports: What is it like to raise a famlily in Lahore, Pakistan?

Festival in Lahore

Zareen Rahman: Raising kids in Lahore is exciting and fun! Lahore is considered to be the heart of the country, often referred to as the city of gardens because of its lush greenery and historic gardens. Two common Lahori traits are that we are extremely family oriented and huge foodies! Naturally, most of our outings include getting together with extended family to cook, eat, and watch the little ones run around. When we aren’t gathering at each other’s homes, it is easy to find some sort of festivity happening, whether it be a food festival, a farmers market, or just stepping out to view the beautiful seasonal decorations around the city.

LP: What does a typical day out with the kids look like?

ZR: On a typical day out with my daughter, I have many things lined up for us. The Lahore zoo is definitely our favorite place to visit since we are both animal lovers. It also happens to be one of the oldest zoos in the world. It was established in 1872 as a small aviary, and today it houses about 1,381 animals! Along with the excitement of the many different animals, the Lahore Zoo is also filled with 1,280 trees of 71 species. When we get tired of walking around, we love to rest under the shade of an old tree and enjoy a snack.

There are also a number of parks for kids that include activities such as horseback riding, paddle boating and riding trains. However, since Lahore is on a plain, the weather is not always great. Our summer is long and dry which restricts a lot of outdoor activity. To cool off during the summer, we love to visit water parks that have wave machines and slides for kids.

LP: Whats has been your favorite kid-friendly place to visit in Pakistan?

Outpost Playground

ZR: My favorite kid-friendly place for my 2 year old is definitely my brother’s restaurant, Outpost. It’s a lovely outdoor space in a secluded neighborhood with huge empty grounds which makes the ambiance very rustic and peaceful. There is an large play area for kids that she absolutely loves to explore with her cousins. Some of her favorite things to do include jumping on the trampoline, climbing the jungle gym, and playing in the sand pit. Along with all the fun, she loves their food as well; she is definitely a little foodie in the making!

LP: As a mom, how do you encourage your kids to learn about the world and other cultures?

Wazir Khan Mosque, Pakistan.

ZR: My daughter will be turning two this August and she has just now started forming sentences on her own. We are finally at an age where I can take her out and share the culturally rich history of Lahore. Recently, my family and I visited old town Lahore, where you can see many different influences such as Mogul and British.

The second thing is traveling. There’s nothing more exciting than visiting a place with a culture so completely different to the ones that you’re used to, whether international or domestic. In fact, there are many different cultures represented in Pakistan that people aren’t aware of. There are places that I myself have never visited that tell tales of the past, and I would love for my daughter to know her own country well. Besides being so culturally affluent, the north of Pakistan is considered to be one of the most scenic places in the world. I definitely want her to be able to visit these places as much as she can.

Zareen Rahman is a stay at home mom from Lahore, Pakistan where she is raising her spirited daughter. On any given day you can catch her getting into new adventures with her toddler, running a household, working out at the gym or volunteering at her brother’s restaurant.

 

 

Loved this? Check out the rest of our Raising Global Citizens series below:

Raising Global Citizens in Paris!

Raising Global Citizens in Montreal!

Raising Global Citizens: A Mom on the Move!

 

Jul
17
2015

Locate the Dwarf Planets with Kids!

Check out a sneak peak from our September Early Explorers package: Passport to Space. Click the image below to download our printable and help your kiddos learn about Dwarf Planets!

Want more Little Passports printables? See below!

Fun Facts about Florida + Manatee Dot2Dot

Road Trip Activity Sheet

Jul
15
2015

Camp Explorer Week 2: Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Last week we kicked off our summer Camp Explorer series! This week, grab your kiddo and some friends and head outdoors for an exciting nature scavenger hunt. Don’t forget to check back for a new project next week as we post recipes, games, and activities for your little explorer.

Camp Explorer week 2 scavenger hunt provides a good opportunity for kids to step away from the screen and jump into nature! A scavenger hunt will help the kiddos focus their attention and feed their natural curiosity to explore the outdoors. It also provides parents with an opportunity to teach their kids a few things about nature. Happy exploring!

Click the image below to download your checklist.

 Just joining us? Check out last weeks easy campfire recipe:

Camp Explorer Week 1: Make Pan de Campo