Camping party ideas for a fun filled kid's celebration!
If you have a kid whose birthday falls over the summer then you are in for a campers treat. Most will love camping whether it is in your backyard or out in the woods. It's fun, it's exciting and it's like a great big sleepover - outdoors!
Personally I would suggest that this kid's camping party theme is aimed at the over 7 age group as younger children might be scared of the dark. However if you have a younger age group then you can still use all the ideas but maybe have it in the afternoon or early evening and forget the sleepover bit.
Setting up camp outside is the best solution but if you haven't got enough room, don't worry as you could always go to a public camping ground, make use of a friend's yard or even use a terrace or a large room in your house.
Your Kid's Camping Party invitations could go something like this:
If you don't want to make your own then try these cool camping invites:Camping Themed Invitations
Set up the tents in advance unless you want to make it a team activity for older kids. Place the tents near to the house (if in your backyard) and near a door for easy access to the toilet. If setting up camp indoors, clear the room of all furniture to give as much space as possible. I find it is more fun and causes less anxiety if you can have them in just one or two tents.
Decorate the tents with streamers and balloons and having bunting linking the tents together.
Make a large wooden sign at the entrance to the "Camp Site" and have other signs pointing the way to the toilets and showers, picnic area and wildlife trail.
Put up a chalk board with the "Camp Rules". Make rules such as "No playing with matches", "Throw away rubbish", "Be gentle with the animals" and so on.
Set the tents around a central seating area with the campfire as a centerpiece. Lay out low benches for sitting on or just use mats or planks of wood balanced on rocks.
Around the edges of the camp, erect some citronella torches. These will keep the bugs away and add to the camp atmosphere.
Let the wildlife join in by placing cuddly toys in the trees and bushes for the younger children to discover or for the older kids, hang plastic bugs around the camp. Use glow in the dark bugs and stars which will be fun later on when it gets dark.
Hang multi colored Chinese lanterns around the garden. Some kids just can't help playing with candles so be careful where you place them.
Set up a food table and cover with green or camouflage cloth. Use plastic tableware or tin plates and cups. Provide bug stickers for each child to personalise his/her own plate and mug. It saves muddling them up.
Camping party food needn't be complicated and I actually think it is nicer to keep it simple and to go with familiar foods that they might expect when camping.
Personalised Canes. These are always extremely popular with boys and girls. Buy some cheap dowelling rods from a hardware store and provide the campers with paints, glue, stickers and glitter to personalise their own walking stick.
First Aid Kits. Using empty film containers (clear are best) get the kids to design them with permanent marker pens. Make two small holes in the lid using a compass point and then thread through some string using a needle so that they can be worn around the neck. You might need to do that bit in advance as it is a bit fiddly. The kids can then insert a couple of Band-Aids and small cotton wool balls.
Boulder Art. These are great for decorating the perimeter of the camp. In advance get some rocks or largish boulders. Provide the kids with paintbrushes and paint and get them to design the rocks. This is a great starter activity. Use water based paints if you don't want the grass to look too multi colored as it will wash off. Alternatively you could use small pebbles and stick on wool, eyes and scraps to make 'rock pets'.
Ghost Story Bonanza. When it is getting dark, sit everyone round the camp fire or in a tent and get everyone to tell a ghost story. Some of the kids might not have one so make sure that you have a few up your sleeve.
NB Watch out for kids who are not enjoying it and suggest another activity.
Campfire Sing-Along. Dust off your vocal cords and get out the guitar (if you have one) and sing to your heart's content. If you have any portable musical instruments let the kids use them or make your own from tin cans and sticks.
Sparklers. Always popular especially when it is dark.
These camping party ideas will be a hit with any kid.
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