Monday, August 3, 2009

How to have an Indoor Campout!

Indoor camp outs are great when the weather is too cold to camp outdoors or when you have a baby and don't want to mess with camp tenting outside yet. They're also great anytime of the year for those who hate bugs, heat, and sweat.

Here are some ideas for how to have a camp out indoors:

For Making Tents:
  • Use tables, and/or turn 2 sofas back to back leaving a space in the middle to set up sleeping bags. Cover the top with large blankets, and voila'!
  • OR, if space allows, set up a real tent.

For an Outdoor Ambiance:
  • Play a Nature Sounds CD and fall asleep listening to the sound of crickets, a babbling brook, birds, or a summer storm.

  • Make your own pretend campfire (you can use tissue paper, construction paper, foam, ect). Set a lantern or flashlight behind the campfire at night so it glows.
  • Make tents for the stuffed animals.
  • Have some glow sticks on hand, just for fun. They are only 88 cents at Wal-Mart (you can find them in the bargain toy section year round), come in a variety of colors, and kids think they are SO cool!

  • Make Pretend Smores to play with (more to come on this later)
  • Take a nature walk outside and collect twigs and leaves to glue on paper and make a collage.
  • Tell stories around the pretend campfire.
  • Make shadow puppets using a flashlight inside your tent.

  • Hot Dogs on the grill or Pig's in a Blanket (using hot dogs, crescent roll or breadstick dough, and cheese slices)
  • Canteens or Water Bottles filled with chilled water
  • Smores! Cook over the grill, or use your microwave to melt them for 12 seconds.

If you've tried camping indoors with your own family- tent or no tent, I'd love to hear about it!
Looking for more fun things to do with your children? Here's a list of 100 fun ideas to get you started!
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  1. Adorable! I love this and really need to do this - the kids would LOVE it!

  2. These are some great tips, and mmmmmmmmm s'mores.

  3. Morgan-thought you might be interested in the birth stories I recently posted as they directly related to c-sections! Click on the birth story label to find them. Great new look on your blog too :)

  4. This is such a fun idea!!!! I think my kids would really enjoy this!!

  5. Ahhh memories - my kidlets used to do this sort of thing all the time :)


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