Backyard Campout

A few weeks ago you might remember I warned you that I was going to suggest your children camp in your backyard. It’s finally here. May Long Weekend. While some of you might have been watching the weather and decided last weekend was gorgeous and planned a camping trip (we spent most of last weekend outside) for the rest of us this long weekend brings some time for an adventure, close to home.

Here we go.

Step 1: Pick a campsite

At some point in time this week have your child scout out a location for your campsite.
Hopefully they have created a special corner of the yard somewhere, that place is just for them; your campsite will be near but not there.

Decide together. You’ll get more buy in from your child if you ask for their input.

Step 2: Pitch a tent.

One or two days before you plan to camp out put up a tent in your backyard. If you don’t have a tent, no worries! You and your child now have all the skills you need to make one. So find some rope and a sheet and get to work.

I also have tents folks can borrow if you like.

Step 3: Fill the tent.

The night of your planned camp out hand your child their packing list from their kit and ask them to choose and pack the 6 things on the list into the tent.

Step 4: Make a bed.

Find your favorite stuffy and a pillow. It’s time to make your bed in the backyard and start discussing with your little one that you plan to spend the whole night outside. Camping can be scary for littles so a conversation can help set the stage and ease some fears.

I read a pile of backyard camping articles and this one had some delightful ideas and outlines the benefits of camping in your backyard with young children.

Tipi Tent

Would you like to learn how to make a very easy house for your rabbit or a fairy out of sticks?

You will need:

  • 3 or more straight sticks  of the same length
  • A pipe cleaner or two
  • Extra things to decorate your house

First let’s practice wrapping.

Hold out your two fingers and wrap the pipe cleaner around them several times.

When that is easy you’re ready to begin.

Your tripod will only be secure when the sticks are driven into soft ground (dirt or playdough)

Experiment lots until you get it secure and stable so it  doesn’t knock over when you put your toys inside of it.

Add more sticks to the sides. Decorate!

To the grownups

This is a skill that is repeatable on a larger scale to build a full size fort (with long enough sticks) or den. We will continue to build upon these skills to build several different forts.