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During these unprecedented times, you may be trying to find ideas to keep your kids entertained. So why not give them the experience of the great outdoors without being in the great outdoors. You can bring the camping to you by turning your backyard into a campground.
Your kids will love the whole camping experience. I know my son did. Ever since his first camping ‘trip’ in the backyard, he constantly asks to go camping again.
Here are 7 backyard camping ideas to turn your backyard into a campground.
1. Tent Camping
You can setup a tent right in your backyard to sleep in. Let your kids join in and help put it together. It will make them feel good to be included. I know my son loves to help.
And to make the tent more comfortable, you can blow up air mattresses, covering them with sheets, and make sure you have enough covers and pillows. We also like to have a heater in case it’s cold at night, a lantern for light, and a laptop to watch a kids movie before going to sleep.
2. Build a Campfire
You can’t camp with out a campfire. You can either purchase a backyard fire pit or you can make your own if you have a spot to build a bonfire. At my house, we have a designated spot where we build bonfires and enough wood from various trees that have fallen down in our yard from storms. Bonfires are something my family enjoys on a regular basis even when we’re not camping out. It can be a relaxing fun time to spend with your family and kids love it.
3. Make S’mores
You can’t have a campfire without s’mores. S’mores are delicious and a perfect camping snack. All you need to make smores, is the campfire of course, roasted marshmallows, Hershey chocolate bars, and graham crackers. Roast the marshmallow first, then put it on top of the Hershey chocolate bar and a graham cracker, and smoosh it with another graham cracker to make a yummy s’more. Or you can just roast marshmallows. Either way, kids love both of these.
4. Setup a Canopy
Setting up a canopy in your backyard is a great spot to setup your tables and chairs, food, and a portable grill all in the canopy. If you live in the country like we do and you get crazy gnats, this is a great way to keep the bugs out and to stay out of the sun as well.
5. Grilling Out
Grilling out is an all summer activity for families, not just during camping. But it is a way to turn the backyard campground into an all out camping experience. You have many options to grill like ribs, steak, fish, chicken, but you can’t go wrong with hamburgers and hotdogs, some ideal camping foods.
6. Have a Picnic
After you are done grilling, you can eat in the canopy you setup with tables and chairs. Or setup a picnic blanket on the ground and have a family picnic. Kids love picnics. You won’t be disappointed by the level of excitement you receive from them.
7. Chasing Lightning Bugs
If you get many lightning bugs in your backyard like we do, this can be a fun activity for kids…chasing lightning bugs and even catching them. The way they light up in the dark is so beautiful and magical. But if you don’t get a lot of lightning bugs, maybe switch this activity to star gazing. Where we live, we don’t always have a clear sky to see a lot of stars to get the perfect star gazing experience.
These are some great backyard camping ideas that your kids will love. And I can’t wait for you to turn your own backyard into a campground.
Looking for other camping tips and advice? You can check out RV vs. Tent Camping: Which Do You Prefer?
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