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I wanted to let you know I have gone over many ideas to use while camping next week to make the time fun and educational....
Here are a few of the things we'll try to do.....

Build a lean-to or tepee.......
Make a stone oven and cook in it....

Recipes.......
Ash Cakes
1 cup white cornmeal
1/2 cup flour (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
water

INSTRUCTIONS
Mix dry ingredients. Add enough cold water to make a firm dough. Form the dough into thin cakes. Clear coals from an area of the campfire and lay the cakes on the hot earth. Rake coals and ash over the cakes and let them bake for about five minutes. Test for doneness by thumping the cake with a spoon handle or stick. A hollow ringing sound indicates doneness.

Fry Bread.....
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
water

INSTRUCTIONS
Thoroughly mix dry ingredients. Add just enough cold water to make a stiff dough. Working dough as little as possible, form a l-inch (2.5-cm) thick cake. Lay the cake on a greased, pre-warmed skillet. Brown the bottom of the cake lightly and flip or turn with a spatula to brown the other side. When both sides are lightly browned, prop the skillet in front of the fire and let it bake. Test for doneness by thumping the cake with a spoon handle or stick. A hollow ringing sound indicates doneness. An alternative test is to jab the cake with a twig or matchstick. If the twig comes out clean (no clinging dough), the cake is done.

Make our own Cattail torches........

Do some cattail reed weaving.....

Native American sand art..... (using colored stale cornmeal)
 

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Thaumatrope
The thaumatrope is an optical illusion. When you spin the disk, the two pictures spin so fast that your eye is tricked into thinking they are one.


You’ll need:

a square of stiff cardboard

hole punch

two pieces of string

markers, crayons, or colored pencils

scissors



1. Cut circle out of the cardboard.


2. Punch a hole in each side of the circle.


3. Draw a picture on each side of the circle. When put together,
the two pictures should make one picture, such as a bird and a cage,
a mother and child, or a flower and a pot. To make sure that the pictures
will fit together, hold the circle in front of you. Flip it over from the bottom.
The picture on the other side should be right side up.


4. Tie a piece of string to each side of the cardboard circle.


5. Hold one string in each hand and wind up the thaumatrope. When you
release the circle, the pictures will spin together and form one picture.
 

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Ice Cream In A Bag
a.. 1 Tbsp Sugar
b.. 1/2 Cup Half-n-Half
c.. 1/4 tsp Vanilla
d.. 1/2 Cup Rock Salt
e.. Ice
f.. 1 Pint Size Ziploc Bag
g.. 1 Gallon Size Ziploc Bag
Instructions:
Combine the sugar, half-n-half, and vanilla in the pint size ziploc bag and
seal tightly. Combine the ice and rock salt in the large ziploc bag. Place
the small bag inside of the arger bag and seal. Shake the bag until the
mixture turns into ice cream! This will take about 5 minutes. (You may want
to wear gloves.) Add sprinkles, candy, nuts, or fruit and enjoy!
 

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We will pick wild blackberries and make this, just enough to use in a day or 2 under refrgeration, we won't need to seal any jars....

Berry Jam
You'll need:
4 cups freshly picked blackberries, strawberries,
or other berries

3 cups sugar
2 large apples, peeled, cored, and grated
4 1-pint mason jars with new, unused lids and rings
a large cooking pot
a medium sauce pan
a small sauce pan
metal tongs

1. Pick over the berries and discard any that are rotten.
Blackberries and raspberries are very fragile, so unless they are very dirty or you know they have been sprayed with pesticides, it's best not to wash them.

2. Combine the berries, sugar, and apples in a medium saucepan. If you are using strawberries, you may want to slice them first. Cook the jam over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let it simmer. The jam will need to cook for a long time, about an hour. To test if they are cooked enough, place a small spoonful of
jam on a clean plate and let it cool. When the cooled mixture holds together and can be spread, it is ready to can.

3. While the jam is cooking, wash the jars and lids in warm,
soapy water. Place the jars in the large cooking pot and fill it with water to the top. Place the lids and rings in the small saucepan and cover with water. Boil both the jars and lids for ten minutes. It is important to sterilize the jars in boiling water so that bacteria don't grow in the jars, ruining all your hard work. After you have boiled the jars and lids for ten minutes, turn the heat off and leave the jars in the hot water.
4. When the jam has thickened and the jars are sterilized, you
are ready to pack the jam. Carefully use the tongs to remove one jar from the hot water. Fill the jar with hot jam, leaving ½ inch of space at the top. Wipe off the edge of the jar with a damp cloth and place a lid on top. Tighten a ring around the jar. Repeat with the other three jars.

5. Place the filled jars in the large cooking pot and cover them
with water. Turn the heat on high and boil the jars again for ten minutes. This is very important!

6. Using the tongs, carefully remove the jars from the hot water
and let them cool. Label your jars with the kind of jam you've made and the date. Homemade jam makes great gifts. If you don't eat it all right away, your unopened jam will keep for several years.
 

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We'll also be making a new walking stick for ds..... and we found an old Coon-skin hat for him at a yard sale...... What could be more prefect at 7 years old than hiking with a stick you fashioned and a coon-skin hat to wear ?????
 

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You are going to have so much fun, Lori! Thanks for sharing all of that with us.:)
 

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Lori, what great ideas you listed. I bet your children have lots of fun.

We make ice cream in a can instead of in a bag. You need 2 coffee cans one large one and one smaller one. The ingredients go in the smaller one, seal it and then place it inside the larger can. Add the ice and rock salt and seal. You just roll the can back and forth until it turns into icecream. I bet it turns out the same. Yummy!
 

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Most of these are ideas I got from Sunshine, CJ and Sara.... I asked for ideas and boy did I ever get em !
We are also going to do
Flower pounding, The twig trellis, Pineneddle tea, and corn husk dolls.... I have just about everything put together !!!!
Thanks for the help everyone !
 

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WOW, sounds like you will have a fun filled week!! :D
 

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Oh I wish I could go!!! :)
 

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I'm packing extra supplies for Dave, Sherry and Tyler ........:D
 

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Lori, How was your camping trip? :D
 

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I haven't gone yet, the motorhome is ready and so am I....
Dh has physical therapy 3 x's a week for his soar shoulder and between his schedule and mine, we haven't had a chance... after the 4th of July I hope ....
 
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