Camping Craft for Kids

Are you on the hunt for an exciting, hands-on activity that will keep your little campers entertained? Look no further!

Welcome to our creative corner where we introduce a fantastic camping craft that’s both fun and educational.

Our paper plate camping craft is not just a craft project; it’s an adventure in creativity, a journey into the world of make-believe camping.

This unique addition to your camping activities for kids is sure to ignite their imagination and keep their little hands busy.

So, prepare your craft supplies, gather around, and let’s transform ordinary paper plates into extraordinary camping scenes

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Tips for a Successful Craft Session

Preschool crafts and art projects are meant to be fun, engaging, and a little bit educational too. But to ensure your craft session goes smoothly, here are a few tips.

First, gather all your materials beforehand to keep the momentum going and prevent any mid-crafting disruptions.

Make sure you have a clear, clean space to work in – this not only makes crafting easier but also simplifies clean-up.

Explain the steps to your kids before starting and encourage them to ask questions if they’re unsure about anything.

Remember, it’s okay if their craft doesn’t turn out perfect – the goal is to enjoy the process and spark creativity.

Lastly, always be there to supervise, especially when using scissors or any other sharp objects.

Follow these tips, and your paper plate camping craft session is sure to be a hit!

Camping Craft for Kids

With a free printable template, this craft is easy to prepare and easy to create.

Moms and teachers can precut the craft pieces for younger children to make preparation even easier, if necessary.

Materials Needed

  • paper plate
  • construction paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue

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Step by Step Instructions

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find the paper plate campfire craft template to print.

Cut out all of the template pieces, and trace them on your desired color of construction paper or cardstock. Cut out all of the colored pieces.

You can also print the template on white cardstock, and use markers or crayons to color the pieces.

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Glue the tent pole on top of the back piece of the tent and the tree trunks to the tree tops.

Glue the firewood together, and then glue the yellow flames to the orange ones.

Finish assembling the individual pieces by glueing the tent flaps to the front of the tent and the flames on the firewood.

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Cut two half-circle pieces of craft paper to fit the inside of the paper plate. I choose green and blue for the grass and sky. If you’d like a night sky, use black paper instead of blue. Glue these to the interior of the plate.

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Next, place the assembled craft pieces to the inside of the plate craft to resemble a campsite. When satisfied, glue all the pieces down. You’re done!

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Can the craft be modified or expanded?

Absolutely! The beauty of this paper plate camping craft is its flexibility. You can easily modify or expand it to suit different interests and resources.

For example, children could add more details to the camping scene, like drawing animals they might see while camping, or glueing on additional elements like mini-trees made from craft paper.

If you have craft sticks, you could also turn the plates into handheld fans or puppets for a camp-themed play.

The possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. So feel free to experiment and make this craft your own!

PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT CAMPING

Expand your little camper’s imagination even further with our collection of camping picture books. These captivating tales, filled with vivid illustrations and adventurous stories, are the perfect companions to our camping crafts.

They’ll transport your kids right into the heart of the wilderness, igniting their love for nature, adventure, and storytelling. Let’s dive into these enchanting pages and discover the joy of camping through the magic of words and pictures!

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Good Night Campsite – Get your little camper ready for your next camping trip. Your toddler will explore their favorite campsite and all the fun outdoor activities that come with it, like hiking and swimming. They’ll even find chipmunks, frogs, and fireflies! Roasted marshmallows by the campfire included!

Curious George Goes Camping – George tries to be helpful, but he of course just ends up upsetting a nearby camper. As he’s hiding in the woods, he meets a forest creature who catapults the mischievous monkey into a chain of even more outrageous events!

Llama Llama Loves Camping –  Llama Llama goes camping for the very first time and learns a valuable lesson: what seems scary can actually be super-duper FUN!

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More Camping Fun for Preschoolers

This fun interactive game of Camp Charades will keep your camping trip fun. With 17 pages (8 cards per page) of exciting charade cards, your campfire moments just got more fun.

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Are your kids learning about Johnny Appleseed? If so, this Johnny Appleseed craft is perfect for your lessons.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Materials

  • construction paper
  • paper plates
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • pencil

Instructions

    Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find the paper plate campfire craft template to print.

    Cut out all of the template pieces, and trace them on your desired color of construction paper or cardstock. Cut out all of the colored pieces.

    You can also print the template on white cardstock, and use markers or crayons to color the pieces.

    Glue the tent pole on top of the back piece of the tent and the tree trunks to the tree tops.

    Glue the firewood together, and then glue the yellow flames to the orange ones.

    Finish assembling the individual pieces by glueing the tent flaps to the front of the tent and the flames on the firewood.

    Cut two half-circle pieces of craft paper to fit the inside of the paper plate. I choose green and blue for the grass and sky. If you’d like a night sky, use black paper instead of blue. Glue these to the interior of the plate.

    Next, place the assembled craft pieces to the inside of the plate craft to resemble a campsite. When satisfied, glue all the pieces down.

    You’re done!

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