Kiddie Pool Digest: Camping for Geeks

Whether you’re a camper or a glamper, this week’s geek campout series is for you.

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The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping: Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming • Week 3 | Solstice

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When in comes to the great outdoors there are two types of people: those who rough it and those who glamp it. But what is summer without a good campout? Nature resets something in all of us that needs slowing. It’s a handy serving size of meditative contemplation and it reminds us what the world looks like on the other side of the window. Every kid needs to sleep in a tent, count the stars, and roast some marshmallows at least once. So, whether you’re a camper or a glamper, this week’s geek campout series is for you.


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illustration of mountains and camping

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Fun facts

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Watch & Learn

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Stella and Sam-Camping Out Music Video

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7 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

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The Beauty of Mathematics


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The Towns that Embrace the Darkness to See Starlight


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Jokes for your kids
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Glow Paint Campfire for the Great Out (or In) Doors

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  1. Red, orange, and blue glow-in-the-dark paint
  2. Mason jars with lids in various sizes.
  3. Water and liquid dish soap and bubble wands.
  4. Black light (optional)

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Add 1 tsp of dish soap and one squirt of paint per cup of water to each jar. Use the blue paint in the smaller jars that will be in the center of your fire to mimic the hottest part of the flame. Use red and orange paint for the larger jars which will be the base of your fire.[/su_column] [/su_row]
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Stir gently and replace lids. Now circle up your jars, stacking the smallest jars on top and in the middle to resemble a fire.
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Turn the lights off if you’re inside and flip on that black light if you’ve got one. If you’re outside, enjoy the chemical ambiance. Sit back and relax.
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[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″][/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Bonus! When the kids get bored (which of course they will because…kids), unscrew the lids, grab the bubble wands and let them blow some glow in the dark bubbles in the great outdoors.
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Covet & Collect


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Glow Paint


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Family Fun S’Mores Maker


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pop up camping tent for indoor camping

Pop Up Camping Tent


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Fishing Poke Campfire Roaster

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Get your groove on

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  1. “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver
  2. “Frog Trouble” by Dwight Yoakam
  3. “Be the Lake” by Brad Paisley
  4. “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
  5. “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin
  6. “The Time of Your Life” by Randy Newman (from A Bug’s Life)
  7. Down in the Valley” by The Head and the Heart
  8. “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty
  9. “The Travelling Kind” by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
  10. “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay

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 Page Turners

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Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

by Melanie Watt

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A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee

by Chris Van Dusen

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Goodnight, Campsite

by Loretta Sponsler

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kiddie pool constellation virgo

Virgo is the second largest constellation and appropriate for all the geeks out there as it makes up the most common astrological sign for the world’s top billionaires according to Forbes. Virgos are known for their intelligence, hard work and practicality.

Find Virgo yourself!

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star walk


Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 

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Go Pool hopping!

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