1. "I see a horse," "I see a cow."

2. What kind of noises do cows make? And donkeys and diesel engines and ferry boats and babies and thunder and rain?

3. How many different kinds of machinery do you see ?

4. Make wishes on first star, loads of hay, red-headed ladies, white horses, and cars with one light.

5. Songs: "The Bear Went Over the Mountain," "Come, Come, Come, Come to the Church in the Wildwood," "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," etc.

6. Opposites, for children four to five. What are the opposite words for dark, sad, fast, etc. ?

Can You Go Camping With Children?

Snuggle down in your sleeping bag Underneath the moon, And listen to the banjo Play a goodnight tune.

-Margo Botsford

How old does a child have to be before you can take him camping? We might say it depends on the child. But it also depends on the parents. If the parents are devout campers themselves, they will go and take even baby. We have heard of a six-month-old infant who traveled through the wilds in a basket fashioned as a kayak attached to a burro's pack saddle. We have heard of a baby carried papoose-style, on a child's car seat mounted on a rucksack frame. But this is for those who are old camping enthusiasts. They will find a way, no matter what the obstacles are.

But for those parents who think camping might be nice but are timid about taking children along, for those who think it would be a cheap and pleasant vacation but feel insecure away from civilization with preschoolers-here are a few general rules we have learned from those who have tried it already, and who are planning to go again.

Prepare your child, in the same way we mentioned under Traveling. There will be two main changes in his routine, if you are really camping out under the stars. He will sleep out of doors, in a sleeping bag, and he won't have a bathroom. You can let him try out the sleeping bag at nap time in the backyard, if you want to. And if he has never used anything but a toilet since he was trained, you might let him be less inhibited on a picnic or Sunday drive. If he is used to his toilet seat, be sure to take it along.

What To Take

1. Mosquito netting is better than mosquito repellent, which children are apt to rub in their eyes.

2. First-aid kit, and snake-bite kit

3. A harness with a leash is useful if you will be hiking on the brink of a canyon or swift stream.

4. For emotional needs-their favorite blanket or cuddly.

5. Frequent high-protein snacks are a good idea for high altitude appetites.

6. Sun equipment-sun hats and sunburn ointment

7. Poison-oak remedies.

8. If you dress children in bright colors, they can be more easily seen from a distance.

9. Flashlights to take to bed in sleeping bags are often comforting. Where to go:

If you are not too experienced, go to a good camp ground the first time. State or National Parks are equipped with tables, drinking water, toilets, fireplaces, sometimes even laundry rooms and showers.

You can write to the following addresses for information:

1. National Park Service, Department of Interior, Washington, D. C.

2. National Park Service, Department of Mines and Resources, Ottawa, Canada

3. Department of Agriculture,for a free booklet, entitled, "National Forest Vacations."

4. Sierra Club, 2061 Center Street, Berkeley 4, California

It is wise not to start off on a holiday weekend without making sure you can find a camp site at a crowded park.

If you are on a pack trip, it is a good idea to change camps in the mornings and eat lunch at the new camp site, which can be followed by a rest Sometimes mothers and children go ahead, while fathers move camp.

Try to avoid poisonous-snake country. And check with your doctor on precautions to take if you are going into spotted-fever tick country.

If there are enough adults on a camping trip, some adults can take side trips, while the other adults stay with the children at camp.

Teach children what to do if they get lost Stay still. Don't wander.

Things That Are Fun To Do

1. Singing and telling stories around the campfire.

2. Making dolls out of pine cones. Stick seeds or pebbles in the cones for eyes and noses. Wrap a bandana around it for a gown.

3. Children love to help wash clothes in a brook or pan, then spread them out flat on a hot rock to dry.

4. Gathering dirt or sand in a flat pan and arranging collections of tiny pine cones, twigs, shells or rocks.

5. Damming a shallow stream.

6. Making a wigwam out of a few sticks, an old blanket or tarp, and safety pins.

7. Making a swing or hammock between two trees out of extra rope and blankets.

And here is one mother's particular advice to new campers:

Our Camping Trip

If you like your comforts, find out which vacation spots have camp grounds maintained by the state, and you are likely to find a cleaner, more convenient place to stay. They usually have clean bathrooms, showers, and laundry tubs.

Plan your trip so you arrive at your camping site in the daylight. It also helps to get there at some hour when the children are not usually being fed or napped.

The idea of letting your child pack his favorite toys ahead of time is fine, if you can get across the idea of small, packable toys. The time to be firm is when leaving, not after you have trudged five miles through the forest lugging Junior's favorite dump truck. We took large plastic beach balls that were constantly blowing into ten feet of water, amid accompanying wails. And remember that you'll have to have room for some treasures coming home.

You will have to balance aesthetic advantages against practical ones in deciding how far to camp from the bathroom.

Sooner or later you will be faced with the problem of fending off little people while cooking a meal on the low, open stoves provided in state parks. They like to "help build the fire" with great quantities of hard-grained firewood and non-burning debris. We tried to provide certain times, one being before bedtime, when the cooking and washing chores are over and the fire is purely for enjoyment Then they can poke at the fire while we watch, learning by experience what the dangers are, and satisfying their natural curiosity about fire. They will then accept the fact that the space in front of the fireplace is "No-Man's-Land" when meals are being prepared.