We’ve all been there, arriving at a campsite with only minutes to spare until dusk and needing to pitch the tent before darkness falls. But how do you keep the kids in one place whilst you are pre occupied setting up camp?
Here are some of my top tips to keep your little ones grounded on your next camping trip.
Jars filled with fun activities can offer fun and skill to your kids in times of a much needed ten minutes peace. Empty jars with screw tops come in handy whilst camping too. I like to fill our jars with play doh, seashells and plastic shape cutters. You could also fill jars with crayons and paper or beads with string. A small chopping board makes a great surface to create on.
My girl has a huge appetite and she is in her element when i hand over a picnic box filled with snack type food. Either that or something you can whip up quickly on the camp cooker before pitching the tent. Have chairs handy and so your child has a space to sit.
Pitch up near the play area
Bit of a gamble isn’t it?
On one hand you can keep an eye on the kids at all times but on the other it will be noisy! We camped at a lovely family friendly site last year where we pitched literally on top of the park. It was lovely to cook and watch Olivia play, she made tons of friends and I did not have to worry about her. I did not mind the noise but if you have a smaller baby to consider or you want a relaxing camping holiday then this may not be the option for you. Worth considering before you book.
I always take some water toys and either a washing up basin or a small portable collapsable bowl. Either way it can be filled with water, bubbles, sea shells. Whatever you have to create a little distraction.
Kids love helping out and putting their own touch of creativity to family experiences. Hand over a box and let them do some unpacking. I am always happy for Olivia to style our seating area and hang up the fairy lights! I do also make sure I have some spare ground pins handy and a small wooden mallet for her to use when pitching. Just watch your toes as the pegs rarely end up where they are supposed to be!
I hope you enjoy my tips and find some of them useful?!
If you are looking for a great family camping experience this year then you could check out my post promoting Camp Bestival.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share any tips that you may have for entertaining the kids whilst camping.