August 4th, 2020

Get some backyard fun in!

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Written by: rscott

by Good Housekeeping

It’s time to get your family out into the great outdoors! These backyard camping ideas will help you bring the experience of camping right to them. They’ll get all the good parts of heading off to camp — the camping activities, the songs, the outdoor air — without any of the bad. (Did we mention you can head inside if things get rainy?)

To bring things to the next level, you can channel the best parts of your favorite sleepaway camp experience, especially the DIY crafts: decorating your bunk, making keychains for friends, tie-dyeing shirts with the perfect mix of colors. Then, you can fuel your crew with nostalgic camp foods, such as s’mores and hot dogs right off the campfire (or fire pit). Once you’ve got those bases covered, your at-home excursion is all set: Just add in a few group games (be they board games or lawn games), and choose your own favorite nighttime activity (from group sing-alongs to scary stories).

First order of business: Spruce up your space. Hang garlands, bring out colorful blankets, and do whatever it takes to make sure your campsite is one-of-a-kind.

What are you going to name your “bunk?” Whatever you choose, design a flag to represent your troop. Make your own with felt triangles and whatever art supplies you have on-hand, or buy a kit like this one, that comes with its own felt stickers.

Create a Backyard Scavenger Hunt. Get your little explorer to take a good look at backyard nature with a scavenger hunt. You can look for different types of flowers and trees, try to identify birds, or collect different types of rocks and stones.

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