Originally Posted by acupuncturemomma
We'll be camping for four nights at a music festival with DD (4.5 yo) and DS (21 months). We've done it once before, so are not total newbies, but would love any tips on what to bring or camping with kids in general. Oh--and snack/food ideas too. We will have a cooler, but no way to cook.
Here's what we are planning on bringing for them to play with:
- cardboard playhouse for them to decorate and play in (a HUGE hit with all the kids last time!)
- markers, crayons
- rocket balloons
We've had some fun festival camping, and sounds like you've got great ideas and gotten good feedback. We like to take a very "participative" approach and bring tools that help DS be part of everything. So a basket for helping collect sticks for kindling the campfire. Also a bucket for rocks (21 mos DC can load up with rocks, unload, repeat...) A shovel for the ashes, etc. I just think, what will we be doing? and bring stuff that helps him mimic that. A wind up flashlight. etc.
Also car/digger type toys that are small enough to fit in a backpack.
Sticker books are great and self contained. It could be cool to get one on plants, hopefully ones in the area, and then you could go around identifying them?
IDK if it's too noisy (it's a festival, yes?) but small thrift store musical instruments, hand drums, tambourines, harmonica etc. could be fun.
Ooooh, bring rice and sparklies and recycle some water bottles for sale there. Use glue after they've filled the bottles halfway to seal the cap on, and they've got shakers! So fun and not very noisy around the music.
Make an eye spy book (const. paper and staples, before you go) for the 4.5 yo, knowing the kinds of items you will see. Blue tent, red bandana, big sunglasses, a tarp, etc. See who gets the most items by the end of the fest!
You can always go classic as well. Soccer ball, bat and glove, etc. A set of jacks? Jumprope? Bubbles, yes to the previous poster, so true. Bubbles!
I find that, once you turn a kid loose outside, it's shocking how little they need to actually "play"! Drawing lines on the ground with sticks is fun at that age. You just need to be the one to show them how to play with rocks and a stick!
Have fun! We're festing/camping this next weekend (first of july), and so looking forward to it!