Indoor Camping!

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You pitched a tent where?
In the living room? Huh? Spring weather during the day let’s us enjoy biking, hiking, and exploring, but the evenings are still chilly. Don’t let that get in the way.

Let’s go camping!

Follow these 5 tips to make the most of your expedition, plus below find 5 additional tips for making camping inside a blast!

Do you have any additional suggestions for making spring camping a memorable event? Let’s chat in the comments.


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1. Make a Library Run. Check out some of these fun camping themed books:

  • OLIVIA Goes Camping
  • Curious George Goes Camping
  • Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)
  • Just Camping Out (Little Critter)
  • S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet
  • Maisy Goes Camping: A Maisy First Experience Book

Click here to learn more about the books above and to
see more fun camping titles
.

2. Have a picnic. In our 5 tips for creating a memorable weekend adventure we recommend pitching a tent in the house. Don’t stop there! If it is raining, grab a blanket and have a picnic right there on the carpet. You can do a classic food picnic or try a “book picnic” with all the aforementioned titles. This usually works well with a few snacks!

3. Build a Fire. What’s a camp out without a fire? Kathy over at Home Sweet Homebody has directions on making these cute mini campfires. Click here for directions. Looking for a full size blaze? Allie from No Time for Flashcards has easy to follow directions!



4. Indoor Smores. I admit, I’ve made smores in the microwave before. Okay, if you are following my Gift of an Ordinary Day project on Instagram you know I secretly made one of these for myself after the girls went to bed just this week. Still something is lacking when you pop it into the microwave and watch that beast of a mallow grow and grow. Kathy over at Merriment Design hit the nail on the head, they need a little brown crispiness. Actually, in my personal opinion a “little burn.”

Oh look at these delicious babies… {drools} Click here for step by step instructions!

5. Sleep Under the Stars. A flashlight is a camper’s best friend. It makes a night walk magical and a dull living room entertaining. Stacy over at Kid*Stuff*World recommends using a colander and a flashlight to create a starry night on your ceiling. How cool is that? Thanks again to Stacy for the recommendation!

We are smitten with our new flashlights from Melissa & Doug. The AA batteries last f-o-r-e-v-e-r in these babies.  As a financially conscious mom, I have to say that ROCKS. Well, that and how cute they are. Rose laughs every time her bumblebee’s butt lights up.

PS: Don’t forget to pop on over to the Melissa & Doug blog for 5 additional fun tips!

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  • Rebekah Patel

    What a fun indoor activity! My daughter loves playing with flashlights. And both of us would love an excuse to eat a S’mores.

    I’m glad I’m not the only mom who eats treats when her child goes to bed. ;)

    • Anonymous

      Hee hee. ;-)

  • Brooke Menoni

    These are great ideas! I love the campfire out of tissue paper and toilet paper rolls! Definitely going to try that! We had our first annual campout with our friends and their kids in our own back yard — http://mylittlehappies.blogspot.com/2011/10/8-years-camping-under-stars.html
    It was such a memorable time that we’re definitely going to do it again! I will have to include this campfire idea as our craft. Thanks so much for sharing! Brooke

    • Anonymous

      Brooke, I saw your post in the Kid’s Co-op! It looks like it was an amazing time. I like the idea of making it a group activity too. “No feeding the bears” is what really cracked me up.

  • Kassie

    I set the tent up in the living room on rainy summer days, pop popcorn & we have a special movie day… I think we might be doing this today!

  • http://www.homesweethomebodies.net/ Rochelle

    I love the idea of making books part of it, and of course those s’mores look amazing- what a fun family activity! Thanks for featuring my tissue paper campfires!

  • http://twitter.com/steet Stacy of KSW

    you are a wonderful friend! and a super cool momma — can’t wait to have our own sleepover in August :)

    • Zina

      ;-)