Camping and travel with kids can be an eye opening experience for all. Take an inventory of your children's interests and get them involved in selecting destinations and sites to explore. Most kids love heights (mountains, tall building, cliffs), water (streams, rivers, lakes, the ocean, any where they can get wet), and animals (zoos, wild life parks). Give each child a disposable camera and a pocket folder with brads and sheet protectors in which to collect brochures, photos and their own drawings. Kids like to eat what they've prepared.
Gas prices keeping you home? Pack up the kids and healthy home-made trail mix for a hike in the nearest park, or camping destination. This kid approved, kid friendly recipe can be mixed by kids of all ages with appropriate supervision. Recipe may be doubled.
In large bowl, mix 5 cups old fashioned oatmeal, 1 cup wheat germ, 1/4 cup flax seed (if desired), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cup chopped dates, 1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit).
In microwave safe measuring cup or bowl mix 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup oil, 3/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup molasses, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Heat in microwave until dissolved (about 2 minutes).
Pour syrup over dry ingredients and stir until well coated.
Spread in thick layer on a cookie sheet with sides, or in a broiler pan. Bake 30 min. at 300. Lift with spatula in chunks and turn over. Bake an additional 15 minutes (or turn off oven and leave until cool) for crunchy texture.
Add peanuts, chocolate bite-sized candy, flaked coconut, etc. Store in covered container. Bag into individual kid sized baggies, and take a hike!
Carol Weishampel, Single mother of two daughters, and ten adopted children, has had many travel adventures with her kids, including taking 9 in a pop-up camper from Texas to Canada. She has traveled by RV to Alaska three times. Twice with a grandson, and once with 2 grandsons. She has earned her gray-hair! Weishampel is a writer of non-fiction based on journals of camping and RV travel with kids, adoption and special needs kids, and women's contemporary fiction.
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