You don’t need to venture into the woods to have fun with camping. Themed crafts make your kids feel like they’re on a camping adventure without every leaving home.
A pair of binoculars is a great addition to any camping or hiking trip. Make your own binoculars using a paper towel or wrapping paper tube. Cut the tube to make two lengths about 6 inches each. Glue or staple the two pieces of tube together to create the binocular shape. Now let your child decorate the binoculars to get a custom look. Add a long string as the binocular strap and your little camper is ready to explore.
No camping trip is complete without a campfire. Use the fire as a theme for a camping craft. You can make campfire pictures in a variety of ways. One option is to paint your child’s hand in orange, red and yellow. With fingers close together, press the hand on a piece of paper as the fire. Your child can paint in the logs and other details.
Another option is to use tissue paper or squares of construction paper. Glue the pieces onto a big piece of paper in the shape of flames. Use pieces of brown paper or small sticks to make the logs on the picture.
For a twist on the campfire pictures, gather some toilet paper tubes to make a 3D campfire. Paint the tubes a dark brown color so they look like logs. Arrange the cardboard tube logs in a stack like logs in a fire on top of a paper plate. Glue the tubes in place.
Now you need flames. Use pieces of yellow, red and orange tissue paper. Bunch up the tissue paper to look like flames. Add a dab of glue to the bottom of each paper flame. Glue them to the logs. Add as many flames as you want to get the look of a fire.
The nature connection makes this a great camping craft for kids. You can actually do it on a camping trip, too. All you need is paper, glue and items from nature. Let the kids gather little twigs, leaves, nuts and other nature items. Glue those items onto paper or cardboard to make a collage.