10 Fun Ideas for Your Backyard Camping

Backyard camping is a fun and simple way to have fun as a family this summer! Fun backyard camping activities to try at home with kids!

Backyard camping doesn’t really require any planning, If you don’t have a backyard you can still camp in your living room.

Set up a tent or fort outside or indoors and if you have a lantern use that for your lighting. We hung some string lights up in our tent for light. if you don’t have a tent, make a homemade tent with some sheets and sticks set it up. 

Pack some snacks to eat outside or in the tent. Get the camping chairs set-up around a fire pit. Mosquito Repellent IS MUST. Here are some fun ways to set up and enjoy a backyard camping trip with the kids.


SETUP TENT TOGETHER: Teaching your kids how to properly set up camp will make them feel both involved and even more excited when you pitch your tent somewhere wilder.

Make the inside cozy by bringing in quilts and pillows from the house and maybe your kids’ favorite stuffed animals. Decorate your backyard by hanging some pennant flags or Setup some twinkle lights.

CAMPFIRE: the most fun part about camping is having a campfire. Set up camping chairs around the fire and get cozy. You could cook your dinner over the fire or roast marshmallows for smores or cook some corn.

PLAY MUSIC: if someone in your family plays guitar or any instrument make sure to bring that outside to play or sing a few camp songs around the fire pit.

PlAY FLASHLIGHT TAG: So much fun for kids to run around in the dark with flashlights! flashlight tag is one of the best camping games for kids other flashlight games is Flashlight puppet show – Shadow puppets are always popular and you can set up a light stage with a simple flashlight to keep your kids busy and laughing for hours.

SNUGGLE UP FOR THE STORYTIME: Kids love storytime, especially when camping and sitting around a fire or in a tent. Use this time to engage and tell stories of when you were a kid or grab a good book.

 OUTDOOR MOVIE: Cozy up for an outdoor movie. You could watch it together on a device in your tent, or set up the big screen. Use a sheet to screen an outdoor movie, If you have a projector, hang a sheet on your fence and enjoy a movie outside. There is nothing like watching a movie under the stars!

DIY Lantern: Use glow sticks to make some DIY lanterns. Think of a fun camping craft idea like making camp glow in the dark lantern. Whatever you think your kids will enjoy doing.

SCAVENGER HUNT: Scavenger hunts are always fun!you can easily make up your own scavenger hunt.  For young kids color boxes and tape this to a plastic pail or paper bag.  Then, kids will hunt around the backyard looking for items of each color. Or you can also buy some Backyard Scavenger hunt games.


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