Set Up A Camp-In After School

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hersheys, after school, camp-in, creative outpour, Hershey's Ready to eat PuddingSchool life. It’s not my fave. I feel like life is on fast-forward all week. It makes me feel so disorganized. Can you relate? There are so many details & papers & snacks & homework & car lines &…ugh. Sometimes I just want to call time-out on life. Right? So, we call time-out. The best way I can think of to do this is to plan something a little different; a break in the monotony. A couple of days ago, we filled the pool with tons of balls (think ball pit) & added the water. Last fun swim of the season. It was pretty cool.

This time I decided to set up a “camp-in.” After school, this is what they came home to:


1. I Made a fire from paper towel rolls & tissue paper.

Basically, it’s 2 paper towel rolls. I cut a half circle out of one, so I could easily criss cross the rolls to look like firewood. Then, I took 2 sheets of red tissue paper & 2 sheets of yellow tissue paper & arranged them like the first picture. Next, I pointed to the center of the tissue paper & poked my finger. I took my other hand & pinched that spot from the under side & grabbed it securely. Then, I twisted it at the base (4th pic). I turned it over & it was a fire! You can fluff & arrange it until your happy with the way it, kids, creative outpour, hersheys, after school, camp-in, Hershey's Ready to eat PuddingAfter that, you’re ready to attach it to your logs. I used floral wire to secure it.

2. Gathered some books to read together.

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3. Made some fun s’moresy treats courtesy of Hershey’s Ready to eat Pudding from Walmart. The new S’mores flavor is super creamy & yummy for a campy after school snack. I love to have snacks already ready when they get home because they are usually hungry.


 Since the pudding is s’mores flavored, I thought it would be cute to add 2 little sticks with marshmallows at each end. I used pretzel sticks & mini marshmallows.  Here’s how I made them:

hersheys, after school, camp-in, smores, creative outpour, Hershey's Ready to eat PuddingPretty cute:

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Creative Outpour, after school, Hershey's Ready to eat Pudding4. Also, you gotta have a tent. We already had one in my daughter’s room, but any old sheet and some clothes pins will do!

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About Jacqueline Presley

Owner/Author Creative Outpour. Member of Arkansas Women Bloggers & Northwest Arkansas Bloggers. Jacqueline lives in Springdale, AR with her husband Spencer & her two children Katie (9) & Jackson (7).


  1. Rachel Hamen says

    So fun! I have been dreaming up a glamping party for Lily–might have to steal your s’mores pudding idea!

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