Monday, July 26, 2010 6:40:46 PM MDT

                    
We received an urgent email yesterday with the above mentioned subject line.  The family in need was joining a large group of cousins, aunts and uncles for a summer weekend get together and were panicked that their children wouldn’t be up to speed for the families’ tradition of evening sing alongs around the campfire.

Fortunately, the Anderson family came to the right place.  You can find helpful suggestions and free lyrics to hundreds of songs on our kidsongs.com website.  Just click
here to see the free lyrics list.   

For campfire favorites, we suggest that the Anderson kids become acquainted with “
The Ants Go Marching”, “99 Bottles of Pop” and “On Top of Spaghetti” -- all from the Kidsongs “A Day at Camp” DVD & CD -- because I really do remember singing them at camp, around the proverbial camp fire, with s’mores (more on them later).   Plus, counting songs are great for long evenings and the whimsical ideas of a runaway meatball and marching ants have mega kid appeal.

I associate these and other campfire songs with me and my fellow young campers excitedly hiking up a hill to the campsite,  singing industrious songs along the way like, “
The Caissons Go Rolling Along”, “Whistle While you Work” and “When The Saints Go Marching In” -- good camp songs, all of them!

We suggested to the Anderson's that if the cookout ends with sleeping out under the stars, it would be good to have some lullabies up their sleeves to help their excited little ones unwind and drift off into dreamland.  The familiarity of  “
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” in an unfamiliar place is a good choice, as are “All the Pretty Horses” and “Lullaby and Goodnight
”.

Now back to those s’mores!  We used to make the traditional way -- graham crackers, chocolate broken off a Hershey’s bar and marshmallows in the middle -- all wrapped in foil, and placed near the campfire to melt together into a sweet delicious goo.  But my daughter was never a fan of chocolate so we tried variations:  replacing the chocolate with strawberry jam, sliced apples, orange wedges or peanut butter.  Our traditional s’mores had serious rivals with these concoctions.

S’mores and camp fire songs are alike in that way:  They are great the traditional way, but not to be taken too seriously.  Add some verses, drop some, work kids’ names or favorite activities into the lyrics, make them your own and even better than the originals.  But most of all, ENJOY!

"Kidsongs: A Day at Camp" is available on
DVD and for video download, and all the songs listed here are available for MP3 download, too.  Don’t forget to browse our free lyrics, and print out as many as you like.