If you’d love to give your kids a camping experience but you don’t think they’re up to a full night outdoors yet, or the weather just isn’t giving you a chance, then bring the great outdoors to you! There are many simple ways in which you can give your kids a camping experience from the comfort of your own home, and the best bit, your own toilet!
Making an indoor tent or fortress is easy and you may have even done it before. All you need is a large bed sheet and four chairs, and perhaps some fairy lights to recreate your own indoor stars. Add some sleeping bags and you have your own homemade tent. If your house is big enough, you may even want to use a real tent for a greater authentic experience and to get your kids used to a tent for future outdoor experiences in the future. Woodburyoutfitters.com has everything you need for when you do decide the time is right for your first family camping trip.
You can’t have a camping trip without s’mores, right?! Don’t worry, you don’t need to light a campfire in your front room, here is a much easier alternative. If you already have a fire in your house and would be happy to help your children hold their marshmallows over the fire, then you already have it sorted! If not, tealights are a great alternative, although they may take slightly longer of course. Always keep an eye on your child and remind them the importance of being safe around fire; this will be a great introduction to when you do go camping for the first time and they will be around a real campfire. Parents will always be wary around their children and fire, but introducing them to it in a safe environment in a way that they understand will ensure they stay safe and aware.
Just like camping outdoors, the entertainment can be the same. No TV, no electricity: you are giving your children the real camping experience remember! This is a great way to spend some time as a family without the distractions of everyday life and is a wonderful bonding experience. Perhaps you could take turns telling stories, or someone may play an instrument that you could have a family sing-a-long to. Now is also a great time to get those board games out that you haven’t played since last Christmas.
There are many ways you can put your own spin on indoor camping and above are just some ideas to follow. This is a great way to see how your kids might like the thought of camping if you are thinking of going on a camping trip in the future, or if you just wish to spend some time together and do something a little different! Above all, have fun and enjoy these precious moments with your little ones.