Are you going camping this year? It’s a great way to get outside with the family and take a breather from your hectic schedule. Camping is a fun way to build memories with your family. Until you can go, though, or as an activity while you’re camping, how about making some of these fun camping crafts for kids?
They’re a great activity to keep the kids busy and creative and a fun way to extend that camping experience. These crafts are easy to make and many of them use inexpensive items you might already have around the house.
As you’re getting ready for your camping trip, check out our Camping Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know here.
Camping Crafts for Kids
If we talk about camping essentials, a camping lamp is one of them. This is a practical yet fun DIY project the whole family will enjoy.
We love handprint art and we think most kids do too. This is a fun and easy craft that will remind you of those special nights around the campfire.
This might just be our favorite part of camping! Make your own popsicle stick smores – add a string to turn them into an ornament or some magnetic tape for a fridge magnet.
This fun paper campfire actually glows! The kids will get a big kick out of that.
A popsicle stick tent is another fun one you can turn into a Christmas ornament or fridge magnet. If your kids are in Scouting, this would make a great hat craft too.
Create the perfect camping scene on a paper plate. This one requires minimal supplies and would be easy to pack along on your trip.
Some basic plain spoons turned into cute little bugs on branches – so cute! We love the idea of upcycling some plastic disposable spoons into this fun craft (anyone else end up with tons of them from takeout orders?)
Your kids can write a story about the family camping trip – either what they hope will happen or what did!
Another great camp lantern alternative – can you guess what this is made of! Hint: check your recycling bin for the main materials.
These windsocks are fun to make and will look adorable hanging around your campsite.
Another great eco-friendly project – the kids can make a little notebook to use as a scrapbook or journal of your memorable camping trip.
Upcycle those toilet paper rolls into a set of binoculars – perfect for going on an adventure around the campground.
Gather up some stones and paint some symbols on them. Then, when you’re all around the campfire you can use them to inspire some storytelling!
This shirt is perfect to wear all summer long. Patriotic and adorable, the kids will have fun making their own. Camping is a great time to make messy crafts like tie dye.
Bring along a craft box on the camping trip. You might never open it but if it happens to rain or the kids get fidgety waiting for dinner to be ready, a few things like some beads, popsicle sticks, pompoms, glue, scissors, construction paper, and googly eyes open up so many projects you could make – like these adorable beaded snakes!
Are there turtles in your area? If you keep your eyes open on your hikes, you might just see some. If not, how about making your own? These made from Styrofoam bowls are adorable. Use cardboard or other eco-friendly materials if you prefer.
Another fun campfire craft – the painting tool here is aluminum foil! What a fun idea.
Another great way to decorate and personalize your campsite. These wind streamers would be fun for impromptu dancing or displaying to show just how colorful and creative your site is.
We think these would be perfect for kids to make and then use to take their Little People or Lego figurines camping too!
So many great camping craft ideas here – it will be difficult to narrow them down. Save this post and show it to your kids and let them help decide. Then get ready for the fun!