Indoor Camping Activities to Do With Your Children

bad weather camping with kidsWhat parent hasn’t expressed aloud, or at least to themselves, “Stop growing up so fast!”, when talking about their children? The reality is, parents are busy today and that can contribute to the speed of our available time. That’s just one of the reasons why when an opportunity is presented to enjoy quality time indoors with children we should make the most of it.

And even when a camping trip turns into an indoor trip, there are still ways to make camping fun. Here are some activities you can do with children while indoors on a camping trip.

Create and Play Musical Instruments

Parents and children can combine to use their imaginations in planning, creating and playing a variety of musical instruments. Start with these ideas:

  • Drums. It can be fun to let loose on a homemade drum set with children and materials around the home are usually abundant. Of course, pots and pans with wooden spoons are a traditional start but you can stretch balloons over metal bowls of various sizes to create homemade drums. Coffee or powdered drink containers with plastic lids can also imitate drum-like sounds.
  • Guitars. Tissue or empty cereal boxes can be the start of a homemade guitar when wrapping or paper towel tubes are inserted for use as the neck. Rubber bands can be cut to serve as strings. PBS has an easy to follow guide to making guitars out of boxes.
  • Kazoos. Kazoos can create fun sounds and laughter while helping children learn about sound and vibration. British Columbia’s “Science World” has a detailed look on how to make kazoos out of common household materials and what children can learn in the process.
  • Maracas. Maracas are easy to make with rice and plastic Easter eggs or using toilet paper tubes with the ends sealed. Simply shake to the beat!
  • Spoons. Don’t have any musical instruments handy? Make music by clicking two spoons together or tapping on a camping cooking pot or pan. And don’t forget to sing along!

For those who want even more ideas, Felt Magnet has over 50 ideas for instruments that can be made at home.

Make Homemade Silly Putty

Putty can provide hours of entertainment, especially when making it becomes part of the fun. Silly Putty can be shaped, molded and can even copy cartoons and printed materials when pressed onto newspapers. Silly putty can be made using three simple ingredients; white glue, cornstarch and food colouring.

PBS Parents has full details on making homemade Silly Putty.

Homemade Finger Paint that is Edible

For parents of younger children of three years or under, there may be a concern about introducing them to finger paints. Younger children may have a tendency to put their fingers in their mouth and traditional finger paints may not be ideal. The answer? Homemade finger paints that are edible! While this finger paint is not designed to be eaten (it is actually intentionally bland) it is made from edible ingredients that won’t harm a child if digested. Ingredients include corn lour or cornstarch, water and food coloring.

The entire simple and safe recipe and instructions can be found at the Learning4Kids website.

Creating Lasting Memories

You’ll not only be creating music, art and learning opportunities, indoor activities with children can create an assortment of lasting memories. Make sure moments are captured in images that may also be used in another indoor activity for another day; creating a parent/child collage. Enjoy your children as they do in fact, grow up so very fast.

Going Camping? Should You Buy an RV or Trailer?

camping cooking and rv'sBuying a recreational vehicle comes with a number of considerations as owners often have to learn how to drive the vehicle and perform basic maintenance. However, many owners appreciate the advantages of owning an RV and the ability to plan for long road trips including great camping and a good number of the comforts they have at home.

When might it be best to buy an RV and when is a travel trailer a better option? Explore some key advantages and differences today.

Why Purchase an RV

First-time RV owners can buy either new or used and add more features to their RV as time goes on. That means that if the budget only allows for a bare bones model, it does not preclude the ability to upgrade and customize the RV when funds become available. There are multiple ways to get started in the lifestyle without a huge commitment, such as with pop up campers or small travel trailers, but living quarters are smaller than with other options. People considering an RV can compare towables as well as drivable motorhomes, and may prefer towables as they can detach their primary vehicle for a short day trip. Read more Going Camping? Should You Buy an RV or Trailer?

Camping Vacation Tips: Leave time for the Unexpected

camping-road tripEvery destination has hidden delights and unexpected treasures that are easy to miss if one pre-programs every minute. Although it’s always wise, not to mention fun, to do some initial research before setting out for a new destination, it is often a mistake to plan so many activities that spontaneity is impossible. From quirky small museums to early morning walks and purely local eateries, try to seek out the unusual attractions that can become highlights of the trip. Concentrate on memory-making rather than simply chalking off bucket list destinations.

Here’s how to make every trip a new adventure:

Talk to Local People

Ask for suggestions of places to go and things to do from local resident and workers: Cabbies, hotel clerks, shopkeepers and diners at a nearby restaurant table are usually more than willing to offer ideas. Rather than booking a managed bus tour of a new city, arm yourself with a route map and schedule and explore via local buses. Arrange a two or three-hour excursion with a cab driver, at a specified fee, to gain an overview of a city’s various attractions. It works as well in Malmo as it does in Miami or Milwaukee! Read more Camping Vacation Tips: Leave time for the Unexpected

How to Select a Tent: Tent Seasonality

choose a tent

People across the country want to spend more time outdoors. Connecting with nature and getting away from the daily grind can be easily done with a suitable tent and gear. That being said, those new to backpacking and camping may want to learn more about selecting the right tent for the seasons and conditions which may be encountered. What should backpackers and campers know about tent seasonality?

Learn more about picking a tent that will perform well in 3 seasons and more today.

The Most Popular Tents

Many people choosing to backpack or visit a National Park go for a 3-season tent. These tents are generally lightweight and should perform well during spring, summer and fall, as long as conditions stay temperate. A three-season tent will: Read more How to Select a Tent: Tent Seasonality

How to Plan for Cooking While Camping Outdoors

campfire cookingCooking in the great outdoors is not only a primal way to enjoy a night, but it’s also a fun way to challenge campers to do more with a little less. The good news is that there’s no reason to compromise on taste just because the chef is miles away from their beloved double oven.

For more satisfying flavors and easier prep work, use these five tools to add a little gourmet to an otherwise gritty camping experience. 

A Camping Wok

A wok is versatile enough to make everything from meats to vegetables.

Read more How to Plan for Cooking While Camping Outdoors