To do: When camping, create a child-friendly space with a few of your child’s favorite things.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: A few favorite toys that you don’t mind getting dirty, a blanket
Although camping is a great opportunity to get away from the usual toys at home, it might not hurt to bring along a small variety of toys if your child wants some quiet time to play on their own at the campsite.
It’s also helpful for your child to have along something familiar in a new environment.
Since you’ll be outside, ask your child to pack a few balls so you can play catch at the campsite. Shovels and sand buckets are great for collecting rocks and sticks and leaves, or playing in the sand if you’re camping near water.
Other outdoor toys could include bubbles, a magnifying glass, a butterfly net and sidewalk chalk.
Tell your child they can pack a favorite toy from home — as long as they don’t mind it getting dirty! — like their favorite truck or doll. And don’t forget a few books to read! Camping is a wonderful time to catch up on our favorite books while enjoying the nice weather (for both the parent and the child!)
Lastly, when you arrive at your campsite, encourage your child to create a play spot for them to have to themselves. Bring a blanket or hammock for them to use as their toy and book corner. Allow your child to plan their space independently, “This blanket is for your things, where would you like to put it?”
If your child is showing signs of fatigue or just needs some of their own time, direct them to this special area!
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