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Backyard Camping In Your Summer Holidays

Backyard camping is super fun and something I often did as a child with my siblings and parents. On average, it costs US parents $471 per child for entertainment during the summer holidays. That’s about £450!

For many parents, the summer can be a huge expense, so you have to come up with thrifty ways to keep your children busy and happy.

Backyard camping is brilliant fun and a thrifty and inexpensive way to entertain the children – and if it rains then you don’t have too far to travel back indoors.

The key to making your camping day successful is really immersing yourself in the whole experience. All you need to do is set up your tent and lay down some mattresses and sleeping bags.

Campfire Cookery During Backyard Camping

Children as young as 7 can help with cooking a good campfire meal. You can do this on a disposable barbecue if you are concerned about getting a fire going.

When you are camping outdoors, think hearty food, such as sausage links, bacon and baked beans.

Corn-on-the-cob and dough sticks are other great foods for simple cooking.

Don’t forget to pack the marshmallows on sticks, so you can enjoy melting them as the sun goes down.

Even if you don’t have a barbecue, little ones will fully appreciate a camping picnic with sandwiches, fresh fruit and chips. It doesn’t have to be fine dining, it’s all about the novelty of eating outside.

Make your own entertainment with Backyard Camping

According to Nerdwallet, parents charge costs to their account to pay for entertainment for summer vacation.

Your campfire entertainment doesn’t have to cost a dime though.

Get together a box with all the camping essentials in, a pack of cards, Scrabble, pen and paper for Pictionary.

Learn a few campfire songs to sing with your children – “Do your ears hang low” and “Hokey Pokey” are classics that can’t help but make you smile.

In the evening, do some storytelling. It doesn’t have to be ghost stories (especially not if they are little). Instead maybe consider “The Just So Stories”, or some classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales.

When the sun goes down 

At nightfall, this is the ideal time for a little stargazing. See if you can spot the main constellations, such as The Big Dipper and Orion.

When I lived in New Zealand we loved to search for the Southern Cross. Maybe hire a book from your local library to see what constellations are in your location.

You don’t need a telescope to see them. You could also download a free stargazing app on your smartphone or tablet to help you.

Another good idea is setting up a torchlight treasure hunt around the garden – it is far more exciting in the dark! If you live in the city, try playing some nature playlists on Spotify or other streaming service to listen to while you fall asleep under the stars.

Backyard camping in the summer holidays will delight both adults and children. It is a great way to spend some quality family time together, without spending any money.

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