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I know spring just arrived, but summer is closing in quickly. That means my parents are starting to plan their summer camping trips. Oftentimes, the grandkids tag along for some fun.
They all love cooking over the campfire, swimming at the lake, and roasting marshmallows every evening. I love hearing all about the fun they had when they get home.
Whether you’re gearing up for a summer camping trip or you’re planning a backyard campout, your kids will love these awesome camping crafts I’ve rounded up for you. Which one will they want to make first?
Camping Crafts for Kids
This popsicle stick tent kid craft is the perfect summer boredom buster.
I love handprint crafts. This handprint popsicle stick campfire will make a great summer keepsake.
Kids can hang these glow jars in their tents or use them to walk to the bathroom before bedtime.
Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe is a great game to play around the picnic table. It’s portable and easy to make.
Here’s another fun handprint campfire complete with a roasting “marshmallow.”
Your little ones will love seeing themselves in this unique “Gone Camping” craft.
While you’re out walking through nature, have your preschoolers gather fun rocks to use to create their very own Pet Rocks.
This pretend campfire will be perfect for your living room campout.
These camping themed story stones will be a huge hit for storytelling around the fire.
My mom loves windchimes. I’m going show her this handmade wind chime for her to make with my nephew.
Gather sticks and stones and pine cones around the campsite, and set up this nature-inspired tic-tac-toe game.
As your family gathers firewood, let your little ones make sculptures. Let their imaginations run wild!
With a little grown-up help, your kids can make these tin can lanterns which will help light up the campsite.
Make with melted crayons, these “wishing stones” are a lot of fun to make and no two are alike.
Bandaids are just for boo-boos. Find some that glow in the dark (or just some yellow ones) and your kids can make lightning bugs.
If you’ve got leftover plastic Easter eggs, use them to make fireflies that really light up.
These walking sticks are a must for a nice hike through the woods.
Here’s a fun campfire craft that really glows.
If a creek runs through your campsite, your kids will love racing their twig boats!
Kids can mark their sleeping spots with their very own twig name plates.
Your kids will beg for a drink of water when they can carry it in their own DIY Water Bottle Carrier.
Stock up at the Dollar Store so your kids can make glow stick lanterns.
Preschoolers will be amazed at their own creations as they make their own sun prints. You won’t even need expensive sun paper to do it.
Gather branches that your kids can use as natural paintbrushes. You could even try making your own paint from berries.
You and your kids can have s’mores in the middle of the day when you make your own solar over.