Summer is here which means it’s time to pack up the tent and head out to the Great Outdoors for some much needed family time and relaxation. If this is your first trip with a small person you will need some fun camping activities for toddlers to keep them entertained and to help them make the most of the trip.

We’ve got some pretend play ideas for you to do at home, to help them understand what camping actually is, and then some toddler friendly activities to do both during the day and after dark so the whole family can have fun together!

Summer is here which means it's time to pack up the tent and head out to the Great Outdoors for some much needed family time and relaxation. If this is your first trip with a small person you will need some <strong>fun camping activities for toddlers</strong> to keep them entertained and to help them make the most of the trip. We've got some pretend play ideas for you to do at home, to help them understand what camping actually is, and then some toddler friendly activities to do both during the day and after dark so the whole family can have fun together!

Fun Camping Activities for Toddlers

Pretend Play Camping

Pretend Play Camping Activities for Toddlers

If you’ve never taken your toddler camping before it’s a great idea to set up some pretend play activities at home to help them understand what to expect.


Camping Activities in the Wild

Camping Activities for Toddlers Scavenger Hunt

Help your toddler to have as much fun as possible on your camping trip (as well as learning lots of new skills and information) with these simple activities!

  • Print out this scavenger hunt and laminate it. Then see if your little one can cross off all the items on the list, it will help them really pay attention to their surroundings and you can talk about the tress and the insects you come across.
  • Speaking of insects, this bug vacuum is pretty cool and is great for catching all kinds of critters from bugs and worms to frogs and even fish! There’s a little barn to keep the critters safe while your toddler gets a closer look at them through the magnifying glass. Carry a copy of this book with you to help your child figure out exactly which critters they’ve caught and learn more about them.
  • Don’t forget to pack a cargo vest and binoculars so your little explorer can really feel the part!
  • You can use the binoculars to hunt for clouds as well as critters!
  • If your toddler is happy to sit still for just a little while then fishing is a great camping activity to do together, forget about plastic toys this rod will actually catch real fish!
  • If your toddlers love bubbles as much as I do take advantage of the space and have fun with these gigantic bubbles which are as big as your child!
  • And just because you can’t guarantee the weather make sure you pack a copy of Mad Libs just in case it rains and you have to stay in the tent for a while!


Nighttime Camping Activities for Toddlers

When the sun sets there is still time for some fun camping activities.

If you’re wondering what else you can eat on your camping trip be sure to check out our collection of kid friendly camping recipes. The Campfire Cinnamon Roll-Ups look delicious!



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