We set up Big Brother's play tent in the living room with his sleeping bag, pillow, and flashlight. We added our picnic blanket and firewood.
Of course we needed a campfire too; which we created using orange poster board,
markers, glue, and glitter.
We "lit the fire" by placing the flames into the fire wood.
We ate trail mix and read Curious George Goes Camping in front of the fire.
Big Brother used the flashlight to search the area surrounding our campsite for skunks, deer, squirrels, and moose.
Big Brother was inspired to pull his pretend food out of his play kitchen. We cooked hot dogs and several different breakfasts over the fire. We used cotton balls and bamboo skewers for some pretend marshmallow play.
We also enjoyed some real food at our indoor campsite, including a hot dog and veggie stick lunch and several snacks. The set-up kept Big Brother happily engaged most of the day. We even tried rest in the tent (which was unsuccessful and rest eventually moved to his room) but he played with it again when we woke up. Definitely a great rainy day diversion!