10 Steps for Fun Camping, Even at Home!

22 Mar

This weekend I went camping and I had a great time. I also realized that camping is such a great activity for kids. While I think it is wonderful to take the kids for a weekend and go “for real camping” like out in nature, tent, fishing, in the woods, making fire with your bare hands (joke), this is also an activity that you can do at home. Maybe you don’t have the time to take the time off for the weekend and plan such a trip or maybe you are babysitting just for an evening camping can be for any one at any time. This can also be a learning experience for the kids. Here is how to camp at home.

Just take the basic ideas of camping and make them happen at home.

1. Collect everything you need including tent, food, bedding, fishing poles, flash lights, etc. This can be a learning experience helping them to understand what you need for camping. If you want to get really intense here is a fun check list that I found online. Intense Camping Checklist

2. Set up the tent either in the back yard or over their own bed. Tents can be found at Walmart for pretty cheap and they are super easy to set up or you can build your own out of sheets.  If you are building your own you can use chairs to hang sheets on outside or build it over their bed by attaching the sheets to the walls, connecting the corners with tough string and hanging the sheets over the string. Or just go here: Walmart Tents

3. If you can build a fire in your back yard GO FOR IT! If it is illegal, please don’t. Or you can get really creative and take a small fan and tape some red or orange fabric strips on it and turn it on to make it look like fire. If you have your own fire place, make some s’mores! If you don’t have a fireplace and can’t make one in your backyard, just throw them in the microwave. 🙂

4. Fishing poles. Get a little pool or a pretend pool and FISH! You don’t have to have real poles either. Just take a stick, string, and something small that could be used as bait and just pretend.

5. Decorate your surroundings. Get as many wild animal stuffed animals that they have and set them around. If you are in their room, turn the lights off and just have a flashlight on. Find sticks and logs if you are outside, if you are inside just make it dark and as nature like as possible. If they have a closet that you can all fit in, clear it out and make it a new hiding spot to camp in.

6. Tell stories! Either make up your own or look some up online. Here is a site with a list of camping stories. Make sure they are age appropriate. Don’t scare little ones too much. This site also has other camping tips if you want to browse around more. Camping Stories

7. Get a CD of nature sounds. These are easy to find either look on Amazon to find one you like or go on iTunes. But these sounds are fun to play while you are pretend camping.

8. Sing songs and tell stories about each other. This is a time to bond. You turn the TV off, no more video games, just each other. Take the time to learn something new about each other.

9. Play games. Now these games don’t have to be played while camping but I think these are fun. A favorite game of mine is called “Chubby Bunny” Now just a warning, please don’t make yourself sick from this game, because it is possible, but you can’t say I didn’t warn you. Chubby Bunny is a game in which participants place marshmallows in their mouth and try to say, “Chubby Bunny.” If you’re the one who can say it with the most marshmallows in you mouth, you win! Simple and hilarious. Here is a list of top 10 games and how to play them. Remember to choose age appropriate games. Campfire Games

10. Have FUN! Always a great rule. Go all out. Like I said before, turn off the video games and TV. They will not get bored with this but you have to plan it out in advance so you can keep them entertained. We are constantly competing with technology but I am a big advocate of turning that stuff off and finding something more productive and fun to do. A little technology is ok but camping is a great alternative.

I will be sure to post some pictures of my camping experience soon enough and tell you all about it. 🙂

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One Response to “10 Steps for Fun Camping, Even at Home!”

  1. Tee Nelson March 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM #

    very creative. Love the ideas. Remember getting dirty is a good thing for children

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