Many of us have awesome memories of camping with our family or friends when we were kids. Some of us experienced it through summer camp programs. Camping is truly one of the best things we have ever experienced.
Now, it’s time to let your kids create happy camping memories, too! What’s even better is when they get the chance to do some fun camping crafts for kids.
Ensure that the camping experience of your kids is memorable with some fun crafty activities. Plan the trip, the food, and of course, the activities to bond over.
Enjoy this list of 10 camping craft ideas that your kids will surely love! These are fun, easy crafts that kids of all ages can learn and enjoy, even if you camp just out in the backyard. Some of these camping crafts can even be done at home first and then taken with you during the outdoor camping trip.
What skills do you need to create all these wonderful craft ideas? NONE because these are perfect for beginners and skilled craft moms, dads, and kids. All you need is your imagination and some basic crafting tools and materials that you can easily find at home.
Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars
Don’t just throw away your toilet paper rolls when the tissues run out. You can turn it into colorful and fun DIY binoculars for your kids to play with during your upcoming camping trip. They could even have fun playing with these while at home as they play make-believe pirates or as they watch the stars at night from a comfortable tent or their window at home.
See the full project details over at Crafts by Amanda.
Leaf Rubbing Collages
Camping is all about appreciating nature and your kids will truly learn to see its beauty with these leaf-rubbing collages! You can choose leaves of different shapes and use a crayon to rub the leaf patterns onto a piece of white paper. The result will be a colorful montage of nature’s prints.
Check out more paper crafts on our blog here.
Check out Mama Papa Bubba for a complete guide on how to do it.
Camping Story Stones
Teach your kids some camping vocabulary or do a creative story-telling activity with camping story stones. Your kids will learn how to write, read, and associate words with the actual examples that they find in nature. During storytime at your campsite, you can use the stones to highlight some fun moments of the story.
This will be a sure way to show your kids that you can have fun while learning, too! Check out Playdough to Plato for more ideas on this.
Camping-Themed Painted Rocks
If you want to take it to the next step from your story stones, then you can go ahead and do camping-themed painted rocks. It serves the same purpose as story stones, but this time instead of words, you will simply draw and paint on the stones.
You can ask your kids to draw their favorite things as they see them while camping. They can draw as much as they want because your canvas – the stones – should be available to find lots more. Plus, you can ask your kids to take it home and give it to family or friends. The kids can also keep it as a souvenir of the awesome camping trip they just had!
Learn more tips and how to start this camp craft activity over at Messy Little Monster.
Glowing Campfire Craft
Camping indoors? Why not! You can even create this glowing campfire craft for kids so you can achieve that outdoor camping experience while you’re still inside your home. Throw in some DIY marshmallow crafts to play s’mores making with the little ones.
Check out the steps on how to achieve this gorgeous glowing lamp over at Buggy and Buddy.
Paper Plate Campfire Craft
Another way you can recreate a campfire and s’mores camping vibe is with this paper plate campfire craft idea. All you need is a paper plate, some yarn, and crafting paper, and you are set to begin creating your own paper plate campfire!
You can also throw in some crafted marshmallows on a stick to complete the set. Follow along over at Non Toy Gifts.
Popsicle Stick Dolls
Want some friends to tag along on your camping trip? Then create these popsicle stick dolls for your kids! These cute dolls are perfect for storytime by the campfire or as dolls for your kids to pretend with. Making them can be fun and addictive and your kids can play with as many colors and designs as they can imagine as long as you can supply the materials.
Learn more over at Happy Hooligans.
DIY Tic Tac Toe Camping Craft
Who doesn’t like to play tic-tac-toe? It’s a fun game to play with your kids while camping. What’s even more fun is if you create your tic-tac-toe board using things you find on the camping grounds!
With a little wood, some sticks, and colored pebbles, you can have your DIY tic tac toe board done in just a few minutes. Learn more over at Let’s Camp S’more.
Camping Lantern Craft
When the sun sets, it’s time to take out your outdoor lamps! Lighten up the darkness with a special DIY camping lantern that you and your kids can make together. This will make the entire camping night more memorable for your kids as they see you gather around a glowing lantern that they helped make.
Check out The Crazy Outdoor Mama for a step-by-step guide on how to do it!
DIY Mini Popsicle Stick Camping Tent
Keep your kids excited about their camping trip even before it happens by helping them create these popsicle stick camping tents that they can play with at home while they wait for the right time and day to finally go camping. Check this out at Artsy Craftsy Mom.
Also, check out our Christmas popsicle stick crafts to keep your little ones creatively building.
In the meantime, let them imagine how it would look and feel to camp out in a tent through this fun craft. You can pair it with your popsicle dolls and the kids can also play pretend camping games with family and friends.
There are so many things that you and your kids can enjoy while camping! Make it more fun with these fun camping crafts and your kids will surely thank you for a wonderful time.