We played ...
- collecting wood, lighting the fire and keeping the fire going
- with flashing, light up toys
- catching bugs
- and the grown ups tested out an iPhone app for finding constellations and other objects in the night sky. I downloaded a couple of free apps and our favourite was SkyView Free (but the Southern Cross was not listed as a constellation, so if you can recommend a more southern sky friendly app, please leave a comment). This is a fun way to learn more about the night sky.
It was very exciting and difficult to sleep and then, after a little sleep in the tent it was all a bit too scary and inside seemed better. Past experience has taught us that there is good reason to have a practise camp out in in the backyard before going away from home!
If you want some tips on how to have a successful camping trip (away from home) with the kids, here is a list of some helpful resources.
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