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Question: We are going camping this summer – any tips helping to get my three-year-old learn more about the environment around them or suggestions what to take to keep him occupied?

Doctor Woolfson's Answer:

Camping is such fun with a child this age, because he’ll love the excitement of the family tent, the different sleeping arrangements, the outdoor cooking and the unlimited new play surroundings He won’t need much encouragement to explore his environment – on the contrary, your biggest challenge will be keeping a watch on him as he peers under stones, digs up the earth, peers at insects on the trees and picks plants from the ground!

Camping is such fun with a child this age, because he’ll love the excitement of the family tent, the different sleeping arrangements, the outdoor cooking and the unlimited new play surroundings He won’t need much encouragement to explore his environment – on the contrary, your biggest challenge will be keeping a watch on him as he peers under stones, digs up the earth, peers at insects on the trees and picks plants from the ground!

Three-year-olds love collecting stones, shells, insects and leaves and take great delight storing their finds in containers for everyone to see. Set aside a place in your camp for a mini-display area, and be prepared for your child to ask you endless questions about everything he discovers.