Camping with Preschoolers and Kids: Activity Ideas

Repost from 2011

If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably know that last week Mike, Lucas, Aries {our chocolate lab}, and I packed up the car and went camping for 4 days and 3 nights. It was our first time taking Lucas camping and it was also the longest we’d ever been camping. We got to spend so much quality time together…away from the stress of the daily grind, computers, and TV. It was wonderful spending time outdoors and reconnecting not only with each other, but with nature. We had an amazing time and made the most amazing memories. Memories that we will never forget.


Before our trip, I was worried about taking a 3 year old camping. I mean, in the past, Mike and I would relax, read, or do whatever we wanted. Now that we’re parents, we know that this is not possible with kids. You really do need to have a plan. Here are some of the things we did on our camping trip that Lucas really enjoyed…

1. Collect firewood, twigs, and branches together.


2. Go on a nature walk or hike. You can even have a scavenger hunt.


3. Go fishing. Lucas loved this!


4. No camping trip is complete without a campfire, roasted marshmallows, and s’mores!


5. Use items from nature to make art. We made pet rocks and monsters. The whole process was fun! From collecting and cleaning the rocks to painting them and adding googly eyes and pom pom tails. You can also do art projects using leaves or pine cones.


Whatever you do, just enjoy being together. Prep and cook dinner together, read stories, snuggle up by the fire and talk for hours, play games, and tell silly jokes. Have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime!


  1. Wish more kids these days spent this much time outside!

  2. Such a great post! We too try to get our 4 years old girl to spend time outdoors as much as possible.


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