When we’re not traveling during summer we’re doing summer camp activities at home. If you’re someone who gets stuck on new ideas I’m sharing a few from Amazon’s Camp Prime. This program is guaranteed to keep your kids busy and having fun even without leaving the house. So to make summer at home feel like we’re on an away adventure we transformed a room in our house into our own summer camp!
Summer Camp Activities at Home with Camp Prime
Family Camp Crests
If you’ve ever been to summer camp you know each section/cabin has its own flag. The Camp Prime handbook – available for free at amazon.com/campprime – listed all the materials we needed to make our own. Since we’re at home we named our camp, Camp Ham Fam. Using a pillow case for our flag we got working on designing the base.
First we tie-dyed our flag which my daughters loved doing! Be sure to wear gloves and make sure you’re not wearing anything you don’t want ruined just in case dye gets on it. We loved using our Echo Dots Kids edition to play music while making our flag. Of course the girls ask Alexa to play Kidz Bop. The Echo Dot Kids edition comes with a 1 year subscription of Kids Free Unlimited that includes access to over 1,000 Audible books, thousands of songs, plus favorite games and skills. Prime members can also pay just $2.99/month for FreeTime Unlimited after your free trial.
Once our flag was tie-dyed we started decorating it. First we made our family crest. The girls chose the colors black, blue and purple. Black stands for determination and strength, blue for trust and loyalty and purple for creativity and imagination.
Besides our family crest they put Camp Ham Fam in sticker letters and made and added on a mascot. By creating our own flags we learned from Alexa that we technically became vexillologists, people who specialize in studying flags. I told this to the girls and now they keep asking Alexa for more flag facts!
What is summer camp without campfire stories? Whether it’s too hot for an outdoor fire like it is for us in Miami or you don’t have a backyard don’t worry because all you need is your imagination to create a fire-less campfire! We did just that with the help of a few items we had laying around the house.
How to Make a Fire-less Campfire
To make our campfire we used the tubes from finished paper towels (you can also use the finished toilet paper tubes) as the logs for our fire. Then we made flame cut outs using a flame cookie cutter and red and orange fabric.
Once that was done we used an LED light we have from camping to put in the middle and illuminate it! We also needed a tent for “camping” so I used a box we had to make one. It took five minutes to cut the box and tape the top. To add to our ambiance I lit the inside with Christmas tree lights and put two chairs in front for the girls.
Turn off the Lights and Tell Campfire Stories
Now it was time to tell campfire stories! First I read some from our Campfire Stories book. Then the girls made up some of their own. We even asked Alexa to play fire sounds (Alexa, play campfire sounds) so we could hear the crackling noise real fires have in the background to bring it all together.
Make Your Own Special S’mores
You really can’t have a campfire and tell stories without one thing, S’mores!! Even if you don’t like the traditional version, like me there are so many variations you can make. We personally used our flame cookie cutter to cut out brownies and then put a marshmallow on top! Some other ideas include swapping out the chocolate for peanut butter and jelly, adding caramel over the marshmallow, or using white chocolate instead of milk chocolate. The options are endless! After we ate we used Prime Video, a benefit of us having a Prime membership (sign up for a free 30 day trial here) to watch Troop Zero, the perfect camp night movie!
These were just two of the summer camp activities you can do at home with Camp Prime. Check out Camp Prime for other options including recipes for your own at-home Camp Canteen, brain-boosting STEM projects and more. The best part is Amazon Prime understands that there are a lot of kids who rely on The Boys & Girls Clubs of America to stay active and engaged over the summer. They’re providing them with donations to make sure these kids have as fun of a summer as we do. You can also help by selecting your local Boys & Girls Club as your charity of choice on AmazonSmile or say “Alexa, donate to the Boys & Girls Club.” We can’t wait to continue these summer camp activities and home with Camp Prime!