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Backyard Camping with Young Children

Backyard Camping with Young Children

The weather is {finally} begin to cool off and it won’t be long until we’re complaining about how cold it is! :)   As the weather starts to cool down a bit it means we can think about camping again here in the south.  It is just to dang hot to sleep in a tent in this Georgia heat in the summer!

My kids {ages 2 and 4} haven’t been camping before and to be honest, I would be too nervous to take them at this age.  But, my son, who is 4, has been BEGGING to get the tent out.  So, I, being the fun mom that I am really wanted to see that happen for him.  So, I convinced my wonderful husband to put up the tent in the back yard.

Camping in the backyard

After much sweat and a slightly irritated husband, the tent was up and the kids were inside playing in it. They were nearly beside themselves they were so excited!  {I highly recommend you buy an “instant tent” from Walmart – especially if you don’t already own a tent and you’re looking to buy one…it was save your poor husbands nerves and back!  It claims you can have it set up in 30 SECONDS}.

roasting marshmallows

Of course, no camping trip is complete without smores.  My daughter didn’t want to wait on us to gather the rest of the ingredients or the roasting poles.  She tried to chew through the marshmallow bag. :)

coleman lanterns for kids

To kick off the fun evening in the tent, we bought the kids these cute little Coleman lanterns to use once the sun went down and the back yard was dark.  They loved them {and still play with them all the time in the house too!}.   I highly recommend having some sort of lantern of flashlight available for the kids to use as night time outside can be strange and scary for little ones.

It didn’t take much to make Judah happy and he still talks about how fun it was to sleep in the tent. With just a tent, a blowup mattress {to save poor mom and dad’s backs – hey we deserve it, we were sleeping outside for heavens sake!}, ingredients for smores, and a couple of lanterns we had a camping trip that they’ll always remember…right in our back yard. :)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I’m a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. Walmart has provided me with a product sample and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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  1. Enjoyed your post on backyard camping. Might be interested in the new vertical fire pit grate from FIREase. I invite you to check it out.

  2. Yes, it’s true. A pop up tent would save lot of time and nerves. They are very easy to set up. The fact is they set up by themselves by throwing them in the air. Maybe they are just a little tricky to fold them back but after a few times you will be able to do it even with your eyes closed.

  3. Good that children also learning camping skills. Taking fun of camping in the backyard. Feel great to see this. This way they can also learn the importance of camping. Thanks for sharing your moments.

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