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Camp Out - Inside

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Mind Builder


Discover the great outdoors – indoors!

Camping out usually has to be very well planned and is often dependent on the weather. Camping in, however, can be done in your very own home any time you like, and it makes a great party idea. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sleeping bags or bunches of blankets. An inflatable air mattress is a bonus for those less inclined to “rough it.”
  • Flashlight(s).
  • Books, especially ones about camping.
  • Snacks.
  • Tents are optional, of course.

When you decide to have your family “camp in” or your camping party, here’s how to do it:

  • Pick a night that’s conducive to camping out, preferably a night that precedes a no-work morning.
  • Set up camp in a roomy area of the house like your living room or play room or basement.
  • Once the legwork is done, it’s time to get down to some fun. Turn off the lights and read books by the glow of the flashlight. Make up stories. You start with the first sentence and your child adds the next one, until the entire story is told by both of you.
  • Teach your little one camp songs, like “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “Clementine” and “Oh! Susanna.”
  • Enjoy the traditional food of campouts everywhere: s’mores. You’ll have to break from your camping simulation to use the microwave, but it’s well worth it. Simply take two graham crackers then put a piece of flat chocolate (such as half a candy bar) and a marshmallow or two between them and pop the whole thing in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Make sure it’s cooled before offering a bite to your child.
  • Then, it’s off to sleep. When was the last time you slept on the floor? Enjoy!