Camping At Home: Five Fun Ideas For Camping In Your Backyard

Camping At Home: Five Fun Ideas For Camping In Your Backyard

May 27, 2022

Spending time with your family, especially children, is crucial for developing healthy familial bonds. Some meticulous planning is all it takes for parents looking to ensure they provide their kids with an all-rounding fun experience. Nothing comes close to the endless fun kids can have in outdoor camps when it comes to planning a memorable family get-together.

 Unfortunately, many working parents find camping trips a lot of hassle, which can be difficult to manage with hectic routines. From preparing or arranging vehicles to packing essentials and outdoor cooking equipment, booking expensive campsites, and traveling hundreds of miles, there's a lot to be done. The pandemic has made things even more haphazard! Don't worry; this doesn't mean you'll have to give up on the fun offered by stargazing and marshmallow roasting with your loved ones.

CampMaid experts suggest bringing the camp fun to your backyards. It's a great way to create new family traditions, long-lasting memories, and try new dishes, all while saving money and time! However, you'll still need to plan a few things to mitigate the chances of unhappy children marching back to their rooms. Here are some fun ideas for activities that can help make your 'camping trip' one to remember.

#1 Set up Play Tents

Start the fun by perking up a tent to make the camp feel real and provide the kids with a place to retreat with items like stuffed animals and books. You can also use this chance to build an outdoor fort with blankets, cushions, branches, clothesline, sheets, and other items. Set up a plan and ask everyone to use their imagination. It could be a treehouse that's also a fantasy fort, a teepee, a fairy house, or a cushion castle. Children love to create these tiny little private getaways, and it's also an excellent way of teaching them about engineering, construction, and sustainability.

#2 Stargazing

Enjoy the mesmerizing night sky with your children by encouraging them to draw the constellations they see, count the stars, or use star guides to identify constellations. Talk about the various things they can see in the sky, such as shooting stars, planets, airplanes, or the moon, while lying comfortably in your yard.

#3 Yard Exploration Adventures

There might be numerous educational and interesting things that can be found around your backyard. Encourage kids to explore the area to discover the many types of plants, insects, trees, flowers, herbs, and other things in the yard. Binoculars, magnifying glass, and age-appropriate books on plants, insects, animals, and birds will add an exciting element to the adventure. When the exploration is over, you can collect the interesting finds in a bucket or bag and turn them into a nature collage later.

 People holding leaves

#4 Light up the Night

Flashlights have numerous functions that go way beyond lighting the way through the dark. Use them to create shadow puppets on the tent's walls. Children can take turns creating puppet shows with backstories while others can enjoy the performance from the outside. Plan ahead and buy some glow bubbles and glow sticks to make the evening hours fun for the kids. Older children can also engage in flashlight tags to make things fun.

#5 Cook Outdoors

 Pizza cooking in CampMaid Dutch oven set

Many people don't find the fun in camping because they choose to stick with boring, tasteless, packaged food. Great chefs know there's no substitute for cooking outdoors! Take out your portable charcoal grills or fire up your cast iron Dutch ovens to make the whole backyard camping experience much more authentic.

Plan wholesome family meals to include items like beans, steaks, corns, hot dogs, soups, stews, pizzas, and other family favorites. After the food has been cleaned off the plates, bake some cookies or other desserts to end the night on a sweet note.

Get all your outdoor cooking equipment for camping, including cast-iron Dutch ovens, Dutch Oven Lid Lifter, Dutch oven kickstands, collapsible charcoal chimneys, charcoal holders, and many other cast-iron grill accessories available from CampMaid.

We're a Utah-based online store that sells innovative Outdoor Cooking Essentials for campers who enjoy the unique experience of cooking in the great outdoors. If you're always on the lookout for innovative outdoor cooking solutions, don't forget to follow us on our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channel.

You can also find helpful guides about using CampMaid equipment and not-to-be-missed recipes. Don't forget to get yourself CampMaid's Explore Adventure Planner, Our Family Adventure, or Plan My Roadtrip camping adventure planners to ensure nothing is left behind. Connect with us to learn more.




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Spending time with your family, especially children, is crucial for developing healthy familial bonds. Some meticulous planning is all it takes for parents looking to ensure they provide their kids with an all-rounding fun experience. Nothing comes close to the endless fun kids can have in outdoor camps when it comes to planning a memorable family get-together.

 Unfortunately, many working parents find camping trips a lot of hassle, which can be difficult to manage with hectic routines. From preparing or arranging vehicles to packing essentials and outdoor cooking equipment, booking expensive campsites, and traveling hundreds of miles, there's a lot to be done. The pandemic has made things even more haphazard! Don't worry; this doesn't mean you'll have to give up on the fun offered by stargazing and marshmallow roasting with your loved ones.

CampMaid experts suggest bringing the camp fun to your backyards. It's a great way to create new family traditions, long-lasting memories, and try new dishes, all while saving money and time! However, you'll still need to plan a few things to mitigate the chances of unhappy children marching back to their rooms. Here are some fun ideas for activities that can help make your 'camping trip' one to remember.

#1 Set up Play Tents

Start the fun by perking up a tent to make the camp feel real and provide the kids with a place to retreat with items like stuffed animals and books. You can also use this chance to build an outdoor fort with blankets, cushions, branches, clothesline, sheets, and other items. Set up a plan and ask everyone to use their imagination. It could be a treehouse that's also a fantasy fort, a teepee, a fairy house, or a cushion castle. Children love to create these tiny little private getaways, and it's also an excellent way of teaching them about engineering, construction, and sustainability.

#2 Stargazing

Enjoy the mesmerizing night sky with your children by encouraging them to draw the constellations they see, count the stars, or use star guides to identify constellations. Talk about the various things they can see in the sky, such as shooting stars, planets, airplanes, or the moon, while lying comfortably in your yard.

#3 Yard Exploration Adventures

There might be numerous educational and interesting things that can be found around your backyard. Encourage kids to explore the area to discover the many types of plants, insects, trees, flowers, herbs, and other things in the yard. Binoculars, magnifying glass, and age-appropriate books on plants, insects, animals, and birds will add an exciting element to the adventure. When the exploration is over, you can collect the interesting finds in a bucket or bag and turn them into a nature collage later.

 People holding leaves

#4 Light up the Night

Flashlights have numerous functions that go way beyond lighting the way through the dark. Use them to create shadow puppets on the tent's walls. Children can take turns creating puppet shows with backstories while others can enjoy the performance from the outside. Plan ahead and buy some glow bubbles and glow sticks to make the evening hours fun for the kids. Older children can also engage in flashlight tags to make things fun.

#5 Cook Outdoors

 Pizza cooking in CampMaid Dutch oven set

Many people don't find the fun in camping because they choose to stick with boring, tasteless, packaged food. Great chefs know there's no substitute for cooking outdoors! Take out your portable charcoal grills or fire up your cast iron Dutch ovens to make the whole backyard camping experience much more authentic.

Plan wholesome family meals to include items like beans, steaks, corns, hot dogs, soups, stews, pizzas, and other family favorites. After the food has been cleaned off the plates, bake some cookies or other desserts to end the night on a sweet note.

Get all your outdoor cooking equipment for camping, including cast-iron Dutch ovens, Dutch Oven Lid Lifter, Dutch oven kickstands, collapsible charcoal chimneys, charcoal holders, and many other cast-iron grill accessories available from CampMaid.

We're a Utah-based online store that sells innovative Outdoor Cooking Essentials for campers who enjoy the unique experience of cooking in the great outdoors. If you're always on the lookout for innovative outdoor cooking solutions, don't forget to follow us on our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channel.

You can also find helpful guides about using CampMaid equipment and not-to-be-missed recipes. Don't forget to get yourself CampMaid's Explore Adventure Planner, Our Family Adventure, or Plan My Roadtrip camping adventure planners to ensure nothing is left behind. Connect with us to learn more.

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Spending time with your family, especially children, is crucial for developing healthy familial bonds. Some meticulous planning is all it takes for parents looking to ensure they provide their kids with an all-rounding fun experience. Nothing comes close to the endless fun kids can have in outdoor camps when it comes to planning a memorable family get-together.

 Unfortunately, many working parents find camping trips a lot of hassle, which can be difficult to manage with hectic routines. From preparing or arranging vehicles to packing essentials and outdoor cooking equipment, booking expensive campsites, and traveling hundreds of miles, there's a lot to be done. The pandemic has made things even more haphazard! Don't worry; this doesn't mean you'll have to give up on the fun offered by stargazing and marshmallow roasting with your loved ones.

CampMaid experts suggest bringing the camp fun to your backyards. It's a great way to create new family traditions, long-lasting memories, and try new dishes, all while saving money and time! However, you'll still need to plan a few things to mitigate the chances of unhappy children marching back to their rooms. Here are some fun ideas for activities that can help make your 'camping trip' one to remember.

#1 Set up Play Tents

Start the fun by perking up a tent to make the camp feel real and provide the kids with a place to retreat with items like stuffed animals and books. You can also use this chance to build an outdoor fort with blankets, cushions, branches, clothesline, sheets, and other items. Set up a plan and ask everyone to use their imagination. It could be a treehouse that's also a fantasy fort, a teepee, a fairy house, or a cushion castle. Children love to create these tiny little private getaways, and it's also an excellent way of teaching them about engineering, construction, and sustainability.

#2 Stargazing

Enjoy the mesmerizing night sky with your children by encouraging them to draw the constellations they see, count the stars, or use star guides to identify constellations. Talk about the various things they can see in the sky, such as shooting stars, planets, airplanes, or the moon, while lying comfortably in your yard.

#3 Yard Exploration Adventures

There might be numerous educational and interesting things that can be found around your backyard. Encourage kids to explore the area to discover the many types of plants, insects, trees, flowers, herbs, and other things in the yard. Binoculars, magnifying glass, and age-appropriate books on plants, insects, animals, and birds will add an exciting element to the adventure. When the exploration is over, you can collect the interesting finds in a bucket or bag and turn them into a nature collage later.

 People holding leaves

#4 Light up the Night

Flashlights have numerous functions that go way beyond lighting the way through the dark. Use them to create shadow puppets on the tent's walls. Children can take turns creating puppet shows with backstories while others can enjoy the performance from the outside. Plan ahead and buy some glow bubbles and glow sticks to make the evening hours fun for the kids. Older children can also engage in flashlight tags to make things fun.

#5 Cook Outdoors

 Pizza cooking in CampMaid Dutch oven set

Many people don't find the fun in camping because they choose to stick with boring, tasteless, packaged food. Great chefs know there's no substitute for cooking outdoors! Take out your portable charcoal grills or fire up your cast iron Dutch ovens to make the whole backyard camping experience much more authentic.

Plan wholesome family meals to include items like beans, steaks, corns, hot dogs, soups, stews, pizzas, and other family favorites. After the food has been cleaned off the plates, bake some cookies or other desserts to end the night on a sweet note.

Get all your outdoor cooking equipment for camping, including cast-iron Dutch ovens, Dutch Oven Lid Lifter, Dutch oven kickstands, collapsible charcoal chimneys, charcoal holders, and many other cast-iron grill accessories available from CampMaid.

We're a Utah-based online store that sells innovative Outdoor Cooking Essentials for campers who enjoy the unique experience of cooking in the great outdoors. If you're always on the lookout for innovative outdoor cooking solutions, don't forget to follow us on our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channel.

You can also find helpful guides about using CampMaid equipment and not-to-be-missed recipes. Don't forget to get yourself CampMaid's Explore Adventure Planner, Our Family Adventure, or Plan My Roadtrip camping adventure planners to ensure nothing is left behind. Connect with us to learn more.

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Spending time with your family, especially children, is crucial for developing healthy familial bonds. Some meticulous planning is all it takes for parents looking to ensure they provide their kids with an all-rounding fun experience. Nothing comes close to the endless fun kids can have in outdoor camps when it comes to planning a memorable family get-together.

 Unfortunately, many working parents find camping trips a lot of hassle, which can be difficult to manage with hectic routines. From preparing or arranging vehicles to packing essentials and outdoor cooking equipment, booking expensive campsites, and traveling hundreds of miles, there's a lot to be done. The pandemic has made things even more haphazard! Don't worry; this doesn't mean you'll have to give up on the fun offered by stargazing and marshmallow roasting with your loved ones.

CampMaid experts suggest bringing the camp fun to your backyards. It's a great way to create new family traditions, long-lasting memories, and try new dishes, all while saving money and time! However, you'll still need to plan a few things to mitigate the chances of unhappy children marching back to their rooms. Here are some fun ideas for activities that can help make your 'camping trip' one to remember.

#1 Set up Play Tents

Start the fun by perking up a tent to make the camp feel real and provide the kids with a place to retreat with items like stuffed animals and books. You can also use this chance to build an outdoor fort with blankets, cushions, branches, clothesline, sheets, and other items. Set up a plan and ask everyone to use their imagination. It could be a treehouse that's also a fantasy fort, a teepee, a fairy house, or a cushion castle. Children love to create these tiny little private getaways, and it's also an excellent way of teaching them about engineering, construction, and sustainability.

#2 Stargazing

Enjoy the mesmerizing night sky with your children by encouraging them to draw the constellations they see, count the stars, or use star guides to identify constellations. Talk about the various things they can see in the sky, such as shooting stars, planets, airplanes, or the moon, while lying comfortably in your yard.

#3 Yard Exploration Adventures

There might be numerous educational and interesting things that can be found around your backyard. Encourage kids to explore the area to discover the many types of plants, insects, trees, flowers, herbs, and other things in the yard. Binoculars, magnifying glass, and age-appropriate books on plants, insects, animals, and birds will add an exciting element to the adventure. When the exploration is over, you can collect the interesting finds in a bucket or bag and turn them into a nature collage later.

 People holding leaves

#4 Light up the Night

Flashlights have numerous functions that go way beyond lighting the way through the dark. Use them to create shadow puppets on the tent's walls. Children can take turns creating puppet shows with backstories while others can enjoy the performance from the outside. Plan ahead and buy some glow bubbles and glow sticks to make the evening hours fun for the kids. Older children can also engage in flashlight tags to make things fun.

#5 Cook Outdoors

 Pizza cooking in CampMaid Dutch oven set

Many people don't find the fun in camping because they choose to stick with boring, tasteless, packaged food. Great chefs know there's no substitute for cooking outdoors! Take out your portable charcoal grills or fire up your cast iron Dutch ovens to make the whole backyard camping experience much more authentic.

Plan wholesome family meals to include items like beans, steaks, corns, hot dogs, soups, stews, pizzas, and other family favorites. After the food has been cleaned off the plates, bake some cookies or other desserts to end the night on a sweet note.

Get all your outdoor cooking equipment for camping, including cast-iron Dutch ovens, Dutch Oven Lid Lifter, Dutch oven kickstands, collapsible charcoal chimneys, charcoal holders, and many other cast-iron grill accessories available from CampMaid.

We're a Utah-based online store that sells innovative Outdoor Cooking Essentials for campers who enjoy the unique experience of cooking in the great outdoors. If you're always on the lookout for innovative outdoor cooking solutions, don't forget to follow us on our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channel.

You can also find helpful guides about using CampMaid equipment and not-to-be-missed recipes. Don't forget to get yourself CampMaid's Explore Adventure Planner, Our Family Adventure, or Plan My Roadtrip camping adventure planners to ensure nothing is left behind. Connect with us to learn more.

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