There are so many benefits to camping in instead of out. You don’t have to worry about the weather; more apprehensive kids will appreciate the security of four walls surrounding them; and you can do it at nearly a moment’s notice. One of the best perks of camping in, though, is being able to do arts and crafts projects as one of your night time activities. Check out some of these fun camping-themed crafts that your kids are going to love!

Camp Fires

The campfire is the quintessential focal point for any camping trip, so naturally you wouldn’t want to leave it out just because your trip happens to be in your living room. If you aren’t interested in explaining to your homeowner’s insurance why there’s a giant burn mark on your floor, these crafty campfires will act as a suitable substitute. All you need is:

  • Red, orange, yellow, and brown tissue paper
  • A clear plastic cup
  • Glue
  • Flashlight, optional

Steps:

  1. Crinkle up small pieces of red, orange, and yellow paper. How big the pieces will depend on how big you want your “flames” to be.
  2. Glue these to the cup.
  3. While that part dries, cut long strips of brown paper and place beneath the cup as your wood logs.
  4. You’re done! Alternatively, you can make your fire actually glow by putting an LED tea light or flashlight under the cup. Kids really love the authenticity of this project!

Want more campfire craft ideas ? We’ve got loads!

Constellation Flashlight

This one is a really cool way to give your kids fun under the stars even at home. You’ll need:

  • Black cardstock paper
  • A flashlight
  • A needle and pencil
  • Scissors

Steps:

  1. Remove the silver piece from inside the flashlight (or you can paint it black, whichever you prefer).
  2. Trace the top of the flashlight onto cardstock several times, and cut out the circles. Be exact because these need to fit inside your flashlight head.
  3. Make dots of different constellations you know (go online if you can’t think of any on your own).
  4. Poke out the constellations with a needle.
  5. Place the cardstock discs (one at a time) on top of the flashlight head, turn off the lights, and turn on the flashlight.
  6. You’ll see your constellations shining on the wall/ceiling. This is also a great way to teach kids about astronomy, astrology, and mythology.
  7. Cheat: you can also use a star hole punch to punch stars into the cardstock for a starry night.

There are so many ways to make camping in fun, so check out more ideas  on making this night unforgettable!