10 Fun Backyard Camping Ideas For Kids

Backyard Camping For Kids

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Are your kids pleading you to go camping, but you just don’t have the time? Do you want to make your kid’s summer vacation fun, without burning a hole in your pocket? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a good idea!

Summer is the perfect time to go camping. It provides a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of daily lives. But you don’t always have to go far from home to experience the fun of camping. If you have time restraint, you can pitch a tent in the backyard itself. It will give you the joy of camping within the comforts of your neighborhood! Want to know ten 10 exciting backyard camping ideas for kids? Read on to know.

10 Fun Backyard Camping Ideas:

1. Gather The Essentials:

Gather The Essentials

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Making a backyard camping checklist beforehand is very essential. Make sure you have all the gears handy like a tent, sleeping bag, first aid box, binoculars, compass, trail guide, pillow, games, flashlight, and sheets. Don’t forget to pack the eatables too!

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2. Set Up A Tent:

Set Up A Tent

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It’s a fun backyard camping with kids to go. To give the camp an authentic feel, set up a tent in the yard. The tent will protect you from rain, wind and bugs. If you don’t have a tent, then you can make one using rope, tent pegs, waterproof tarps and clothespins.

3. Campfire:


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A camp is incomplete without the quintessential campfire. So, build a campfire in a fire pit. However, some areas do not allow fire pits or campfire. In that case, gather around a grill and enjoy some barbecue delicacies.

4. Cook In The Open:

Cook In The Open

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One of the best and fun backyard camping activities to with your family. Prepare a hearty meal of s’mores and grilled hot dogs to give your backyard camping expedition some authentic fun. It will give your children all the energy they need for exploring. Cooking over a fire will give the food a distinct smoky flavor that is sure to make your kids drool.

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5. Sing Together:

Sing Together

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Keep the kids entertained by singing and dancing together. Sing along some traditional camping songs that your kids may have learned at school. Just be careful so that you don’t end up waking your neighbors.

6. Storytelling:


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Storytelling is one of the popular backyard camping activities. Have each camper tell a story. Ask the older kids to narrate spooky ghost stories. Funny stories will also make everyone roll with laughter. You can also make up a story as a group. Ask one person to start the story and then have another participant continue the narration.

7. Flashlight Games:

Flashlight Games

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Another interesting backyard camping games to play. At camping, the fun starts when the sun goes down. The scavenger hunt is a great game to play with flashlights after the sunset. Hide a plastic bag full of chocolates or marshmallow in your yard and challenge the kids to hunt for the bag. Or give everyone a flashlight and ask them to make shadow puppets. Flashlight tag will also make a fun game.

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8. Stargazing:


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One of the best things about sleeping outside is gazing at the stars as you hit the sack. So spread a blanket in your backyard, lie down and look at the glowing firmament. Try to help your kids identify the constellations. A telescope will make the experience even more incredible.

9. Play Board Games:

Play Board Games

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Bring out the board games and bond with your family. You can play a variety of games with a deck of cards like ‘War’, ‘Go Fish’ or ‘Old Maid’. Adults can also play games like poker or rummy. Games like Monopoly, checkers and dominoes will also provide entertainment for the whole family.

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10. Outdoor Games:

Outdoor Games

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Nothing beats a game of kickball, dodgeball, badminton and bocce before sunset. Challenge the youngsters to participate in outdoor activities like wheelbarrow race, spoon race, and three-legged race. These fun camping games will make your kids forget that they are in the backyard of their home.

So, why wait? Plan a backyard camp for your whole family this weekend and try out these fun backyard camping ideas! Do not forget to carry your camera to capture those wonderful memories.

Have you ever tried backyard camping games? Please share your experience and ideas with us in the comments section.

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