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A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee is

Recommended Reading Ages

Solo Reader

8 Years


6 to 7 Years

Listen and Learn

5 Years

Skills Covered

  • Reading
  • Memory
  • Cutting / Using Scissors
  • Tearing Paper
  • Gluing
  • Coloring
  • Motor Skills (Threading cord/string through holes, tying knots)

Book Themed Activities

Select from the tabs below to view a book-themed discussion, craft, activity, and snack to do with your children.

Book Discussion

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee should be read before completing this activity.

Printable Discussion Cards

Print the cards in the link below to use for your book discussion.

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee Printable Discussion Cards

Printing Instructions

The attached directions are for a printer that does not have the 2 sided printing set up.

Step 1

Load the paper tray of your printer with 4 pieces of white cardstock. Select print from the PDF file in the upper right hand corner or (ctrl P).

Step 2

Under pages – Select page range Under range for the first print put 1,3,5,7. Select print.

Step 3

Place blank cardstock in the paper tray of the printer.

Take the printed pages place them in the printer tray with the top of the picture first and picture side up.

Step 4

Under pages – Select page range   Under range for the second print put 2,4,6,8. Select print.

Step 5

Print the pages on to the back side of the cards   After printing, cut out your discussion cards and place them in a stack question side down. At the beginning of your book club meeting/family time or during snack time have each child take a card. Taking turns, read the card and answer the question.


There are two crafts from which to choose for this book. The first is a hiking stick. The second is a bookmark.

Hiking Stick


  • A branch from a tree or a wooden dowel (if you use a wooden dowel drill a hole in the top for the cord to be tied on to).
  • Acrylic paints (your chosen colors)
  • A painting apron or an old shirt so your child is covered when painting
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper plate or a plastic lid (something to put each paint color on)
  • Scotch tape
  • Craft feathers
  • Craft beads (in colors, shapes, sizes that you like)
  • 2 pieces of Yarn, string, macramé’ cord- 12 inches long (something to string the beads and tie the feathers on)


Step 1

Paint your branch/wooden dowel in the color or colors of your choice with the acrylic paint. Let the paint dry for about 1 hour.

NOTE *** Acrylic paint works best because it stays on the wood. Make sure your child/children are covered with a painting apron or an old shirt.

Step 2

Cut a piece of cord/string (or what you are using for the beads) at least 12 inches long. Tie a knot in one end, tape the other end of your cord/string. The tape will make it easier to string the cord through the beads.

Step 3

String the beads on to the string/cord to your preference. You may have as many or as few as you would like. As you string beads you can also tie feathers on to the string/cord. The feathers can be in between beads or at the end. Be creative and make it just the way you want it.

Step 4

Tie the string on to the branch/wooden dowel

NOTE **** I used a wooden dowel for my grandkids and I had my husband drill a hole in the top for the cord decoration. A wooden dowel is smooth and I had a tough time getting the cord to stay in place because there was not any bumps to grab on to.

You’re Set! Happy Hiking!

Your hiking stick is ready. Now you will be able to push branches and plants out of your way on the walking path while you go hiking.

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Make a camping-themed bookmark for your reading adventures!


Step 1

Print out the bookmark from the linked PDF below.

A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee Bookmark – Printable PDF

Step 2

Cut out both pieces of the bookmark. Glue the piece from the left of the printable on top of the maroon piece of the bookmark on the right. Wait for the bookmark to dry.

Step 3

Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark and add a string if you would like, or leave the bookmark as is with no string.

Enjoy your new bookmark!

Camping Concentration

Test your child’s memory with this camping concentration game.

To Make the Game


  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 32 – 7 inch paper plates (colored) if you want. I used yellow for one set and orange for the other set for two games.  Make sure all of them are the same color for one game.
    • NOTE* paper plates must be used. Plastic and Styrofoam plates show the image through them.
  • Camping Concentration Game Printable

Assembly Instructions

Step 1

Print 2 copies of the pages of pictures in the Camping Concentration Game.

Camping Concentration Game Printable

Step 2

Cut out each picture on the lines and glue them onto the middle of the “eating side” of size 7 “paper

Step 3

Let them dry. Make sure you don’t pile them on top of each other while they dry or they will stick together.

When dry your Camping Concentration game is ready to play.

Playing the Game

Game Setup

You can start the game with less plates and work your way up to the full 32 plates. Make sure you have matched sets if you are using the less amount of plates to play the game.

  • Lay all of the plates you are using out on a flat surface face down and mix them up (Shuffle)
  • Place each plate face down on a picnic table, the ground or another flat surface in
  • 4 rows of 8 plates each if you are using all 32 plates.
  • 4 rows of 5 if you are using 20 of the plates.
  • 3 rows of 4 if you are using 12 plates.

Game Play

  • Youngest player starts the first game. The winning player starts the next game/games.
  • Each player takes a turn by turning two plates over. If the plates have matching pictures on them then the player picks up those two plates and keeps them. If the pictures don’t match then the player turns the plates back over keeping the unmatched plates in that same spot. {Do not move them to a different spot}.
  • If a player gets a match then they get to go again until they fail to get a match.
  • The game is over when all of the plates have been matched and picked up.

Winning the game

  • The winner of the game is the player that has the most matches once all of the plates have been picked up.

Campfire Snacks


  • Colored paper plates 7 inch (I used brown to make it look like the ground/dirt)
  • Cheese – I would use a hard cheese/Deli cheese that has been sliced to the thickness that you can still put a cookie cutter through. Not too thick and not too thin.
  • Thin stick pretzels
  • Red seedless grapes
  • Campfire Cookie Cutter


Step 1

Take the large fire and small fire campfire cookie cutter and cut the shapes out on each piece of cheese.  Stand the cheese up in the middle of the plate to make it look like campfire flames. I stuck my two pieces together and it was thick enough to stand up. If you do not have a cookie cutter the campfire flames can be cut freehand.


Step 2

Wash your grapes and cut them in half. Place them around the edge of the brown plates.


Step 3

Put the pretzels around the campfire to make it look like sticks.

You’re Done!

Enjoy your snack while you and your friends or family read your camping books.

Idea found at City Girls and Country Pearls