CAMPING THEMED PARTY FOR KIDS
These days it’s all the rage to have a kid’s party with a theme from one of the latest movies such as Frozen or Captain America, however, buying the decorations can be expensive. I’ve come up with this fun alternative that will take you back to your childhood while giving your kids a great time.
CAMPING THEME PARTY FOOD
Of course, the best way to cook for a camping party would be to heat things over a fire, however, if you don’t have the space for this or think it will be dangerous then there are some alternatives. First, why not teach the kids how to cook on the barbie? You can cook traditional campsite food such as snags and baked beans with bread, and of course for dessert marshmallows!
If you don’t have a backyard then another way to simulate the camping experience is to cook on a grill, for instance, an electric grill on the floor (with a heat-resistant surface) in the middle of the room. If you’re looking for a twist on the marshmallow treat, then making s’mores (a Canadian camping dessert also extremely popular in the US) is a really easy and delicious recipe.
HOW TO MAKE S’MORES
You’ll need to buy wheatmeal biscuits, plain milk chocolate bars and marshmallows. The idea is to make a sandwich with these and the order is a biscuit, chocolate, melted marshmallow topped by another biscuit. The marshmallow melts the chocolate underneath and the biscuits keep your fingers safe from the heat!
CAMPING THEME PARTY DECORATION
If you have camping gear, then great – clear out the other furniture/equipment from the room/yard and set it up, or better yet, get the kids to attempt to set up the tents and stretcher beds as an activity. You could have a competition between groups to see who can set up the tent the fastest. However, if you don’t have these things on hand, then some old sheets and broomsticks can also be used to make tents.
CAMPING THEME PARTY ACTIVITIES
After the cooking and the tent building are finished, you can set the kids up with music and stories. Organise a video playlist of songs that children love to sing along to with the lyrics and if they are a little shy then make sure you join in and sing the loudest to get them started. As for ghost stories, it is great to have some stories on hand that you’ve checked out earlier to read to the kids just in case no one can think of an example or you’re worried to start telling one that is above their age level.
Another good circle game to play is ‘guess the animal’, one child leaves the circle and chooses an animal, they then come back acting as the animal while the other children guess what it is. You should have a list of animals written down just in case they run out of ideas, and as mentioned earlier, as they might be shy at first so be prepared to do an impression yourself to get the ball rolling.
A camping theme party is a great way to introduce young children into camping if they have never been before. You might be surprised how interested they suddenly become.
Is there anything you think that could be added to these ideas to make a camping theme party even better? Share your thoughts through the comments section below.