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.
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".
Step 2: Go for a "nature hike"
We went for a "hike", all the way to the front yard. We gathered more firewood. We also searched for wild animals. We saw some birds, a dog, a cat, and a squirrel. We went through a "jungle" of tomato plants, and a tiny pond (our bird bath) just use your imagination, and the kids will join in. You'll be amazed at what they see.