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.
- 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!