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Do your kids want to go camping? Does that sound like a terrible idea to you? Well, pretend camping is your solution! 

You can now camp with the kids, with no packing, no driving, no paying for campsite rental, no questionable bathrooms, and you can sleep in your own bed. 

Here's How! 

My kids are 6, 4, 2 and 2, and they had a great time pretend camping. I think camping with them for real would be very unpleasant at this age, and the amount of packing i would have to do would be INSANE!   :)

Step 1: Find your campsite.

We are very lucky to have woods in our backyard. We set up our tent in the shade. I let the children pick out the camp site.  Then they gathered some wood and rocks for our "campfire".  

If you don't have a backyard, you could go pretend camping anywhere: park, playground, you name it. 
You don't need a tent. You can just hang up a string and a tarp, or just lay out a blanket and "sleep" under the "stars". 




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<p>This is a clever idea, if you get into the role of acting like its a real camping trip, the children will get into the role too. </p>
<p>Looks like a lot of never-forget fun! Thanks for sharing. I grew up camping alone or sometimes with my little brothers in the upstate NY Catskills. My husband grew up in central FL and did not camp as much as I always did. I took our four kids [ages 9, 6 (a highly special needs kid), 5, and 2] camping on the Natchez Trace one week-end that was supposed to be &quot;good weather.&quot; A heavy rainstorm came up on our first night out and I awakened to find we had two inches of water running through our tent! I loaded the kids into the station wagon and bundled them up, loaded everything else in record time, and we went back home to sleep in our dry beds. That was one of the more memorable of our countless family camping trips. Our daughter grew up to take her two kids camping regularly; the youngest son still goes out in the AK wilderness and hikes and camps a great deal. Train up a child in the way he should go...</p>
I wish me and my brother could do that
What are recommended ages ?
Surely memories not soon forrgotten by you or your kids. something to cherish . Makes me proud to be a dad myself , you should give yourselves a pat on the back thats what real parenting is all about. Good to know there are good people out there still
When my kids were young, I had purchased a small travel trailer. It looked like we could never go camping as much as we liked because I was working shift work and the kids were in school, etc,etc. Well, my wife got the kids together one evening while I was working and called a &quot;Camping Trip&quot; in the trailer in the yard. <br> There was no electricity or water hookup but they used flashlights and opened the windows for the night. The kids had a blast! They still remember this to this day.
This is really just wonderful! What a great thing to do with your kids. I remember setting up a tent in our yard, practically right outside my bedroom window, to camp in, but always chickening out at night and being too scared to sleep outside :)
We camp in the backyard too! and the loving room on occasion! <br>Nice Instructable, beautiful kids. Great job on both counts.
erm...., that should have read<strong> living room</strong>, and not<em> loving room</em>.
Indeed a great idea. You can even do a version indoors. Let the kids sleep in sleeping bags on the floor. For some weird reason, it's a &quot;treat.&quot;
I know! My oldest is always asking to sleep on the floor! Crazy!
Can I join your family?
Sure, what's one more? :)
Very creative mom there! I'll be the kids loved it! thanks for sharing your parenting skills! Sunshiine
This is fabulous! So great to see what fun kids are having outside using their imaginations despite the heat, instead of vegging inside the house in front of a video! Kudos to you for your Mom skills! I especially like the &quot;rock wall climbing&quot; in a skirt!

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