Backyard Camping is such a fun and convenient way to put aside everyone’s electronic devices and play together. You can make your backyard a temporary campsite, set up a tent, start a fire, and enjoy the good outdoors time, no need to load up the car with a huge amount of camping gear, or get into mess because of forgetting to pack a packet of salt - you can head into your house and grab anything you forgot.
Here we have some really fun ideas for backyard camping with which you can enjoy outdoors with your family.
1. HIDE AND SEEK
Everyone has played this game in childhood, right? Hiding and finding is a common interest of small children. Parents play this game with their kids while camping.
2. CATCH FIREFLIES
Remember place a blue plastic disc or piece of paper over your flashlight to turn the light blue that will give you better luck catching fireflies, and put apple slices in your jar to keep your fireflies alive the longest.
The fun really begins when the sun goes down. Stargazing is so much fun, and it is always fun to see who can find a constellation. On a clear night, you can see the Andromeda Galaxy, The Milky Way, and much more with just your eyes. With binoculars or telescopes, Star chart, you and your kids can explore the universe.
4. PLAYING CARDS
Do your kids know how to play a game of Rummy or Rolling Stone?
Here are some classic card games that you can play together with your kids while camping:
- Crazy eights
- snip, snap, snorem
- go fish
- beggar my neighbour
- old maid
5. BOARD GAMES
It's a good way to relax your kids with board games after a long time of physical activities in the backyard.
Here are some Board games for backyard camping:
- dice and board games for camping
- hive Pocket
- trekking the national parks
- connect four
Summer nights, fireflies, flashlights, tents... these books about camping in the great outdoors can make your kids more immersed in backyard camping.
You can read these camping books together with your kids while camping:
- Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe
- A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee
- Bailey Goes Camping
- Stella and Roy Go Camping
- Angelina and Henry
7. OUTDOOR SCAVENGER HUNT
Scavenger hunta are great, easy, inexpensive activities that don’t require much at all. You can try a fun nature scavenger hunt, and challenge your kids to spot everything from bugs to butterflies.
8. KICK THE CAN
This game is a variation of tag and hide & seek. One person or a team of people are designated as "it" and a can is placed in the middle of the playing area. The other people run off and hide while the "it" covers his or her eyes and counts to a certain number. "It" then tries to find everyone. If a person is tagged by "it", they go into a holding pen for captured players. If one of the un-captured players manages to kick the can, the captured players are released. The game is over once all the non-"it" players are in the holding pen.
9. TELL SCARY STORIES OR FUNNY STORIES
One of the things that kids most look forward to during while backyard camping is gathering around the fire to tell scary stories or funny stories. It can make really unforgettable camping memories for kids, and also cultivate kid's imagination and expression skills.
10. WATCH OUTDOOR MOVIE
An Outdoor Movie is a really cool and amazing relaxing way for kids. If you have a projector, you can use a white wall as a screen!
Remember to set up comfortable outdoor chairs and lay down warm blankets in advance to keep your kids warm at night.