Here are 21 great camping crafts for kids that are perfect for young kids and older kids alike. Great for encouraging imaginative play these craft projects are the perfect way to celebrate an upcoming camping adventure.
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Are you looking for some fun camping crafts and activities for kids of all ages?
Whether you ‘re getting your kids excited for your next camping trip or just looking for some fun summer camp activities, these fun ideas and crafts are perfect for little campers and little hands of all ages.
These fun activities all use supplies you can pick up at your local dollar store making them an affordable and fun choice you need to add to your summer bucket list.
From friendship bracelets to handprint campfires and even nature scavenger hunt ideas these fun camping crafts for kids are a wonderful screen free activity.
And, all these crafts are a great activity for anyone looking for easy summer camp crafts that’ll get young kids excited about camping with the family.
Recommended Craft Supplies
Here are some recommended craft supplies to help you get started with these camping crafts for kids. If you’re new to kids crafts we highly recommend the Hapinest Arts and Crafts Crate Kit because it contains over 1100+ pieces of crafting supplies.
The following supplies can be purchased online (link provided below), at your local craft store or even the dollar store.
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- popsicle sticks
- googly eyes
- tissue paper
- paper plates
- pine cones
- toilet paper rolls
- acrylic paint
- white paper
- wooden beads
- construction paper
- hole punch
- pom poms
- pipe cleaners
- air-dry clay
- craft sticks
21 Camping Crafts For Kids
Create this adorable campfire craft from Super Simple using brightly colored tissue paper and toilet paper tubes. There’s some hot glue involved so parent supervision is a must!
Gone Camping I Spy
We love I Spy Games because they ‘re not only fun but they help kids with pattern recognition and visual discrimination skills. Our free printable Gone Camping I Spy is the perfect way to entertain kids on a long car ride or camping trip.
Related: 40+ Popular Free I Spy Printables
DIY Paper Bag Park Ranger Vest
Let your little camper transform into a Park Ranger with this simple and fun project from Pre-K Pages. This is one of those simple camping crafts for kids that is guaranteed to result in some awesome pretend play as little kids transform into their favorite camping characters.
Stained Glass Camping Lantern
These stained glass camping lanterns from Glued To My Crafts Blog are the perfect craft because they are both decorative and fun to make. Torn pieces of tissue paper are assembled to create these one-of-a-kind camping decorations.
Handprint Campfire Craft
This fun and easy project from Simple Everyday Mom is perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers. Using just a few simple craft supplies you probably already have at home, you can create these adorable handprint campfire keepsakes in anticipation of your family camping trip.
Sleeping Bag Craft
This adorable sleeping bag craft from Stories By Storie is a fun craft that also encourages creative writing with an acrostic poem. We just love this fun craft because it ‘s both educational and cute!
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DIY Glowing Camping Lantern
This fun activity from The Crazy Outdoor Mama is one of our favorite camping crafts for kids. Made with a plastic water bottle this camping lantern can be made in a variety of different sizes!
Rock painting is so much fun and these camping theme painted rocks from Messy Little Monster are a beautiful project to try with kids. We recommend using smooth rocks to get the best results with this project.
Camping and S’mores go hand in hand don’t they? This fun felt S’mores craft from Project Kid is a fun way to celebrate one of the best things about camping: fire pits and S’mores!
Camping trips are the perfect time to make friendship bracelets. Friendship bracelets come in all sorts of different designs and patterns making it a beautiful project to try in anticipation of a camping trip!
Popsicle Stick Frog
This cute camping craft from Kids Activity Blog is made with popsicle sticks, a bit of paint and some pieces of construction paper. It’s quick and fun to make making it one of those great camping crafts for kids that you can make with children of a variety of different ages and skill levels.
Camping Tent Craft
We just love this clever camping craft idea from Mer Mag. Children can create their own tent using popsicle sticks (or any other sturdy stick you can find) and a few pieces of paper. Encourage the kiddos to pull out small toys to really bring their camping tents to life!
Happy Camper Craft
This adorable happy camper footprint craft from The Outdoorsy Mama is a great way to get kids excited about an upcoming camping experience. You can even opt to use a little paint and watercolor paper instead of stamps to create this clever kids craft.
Paper Plate Campfire Craft
The best camping trips always include a nature scavenger hunt! This fun camping scavenger hunt printable from Hey Let’s Make Stuff is the perfect way to explore nature and get kids excited about all the amazing things they see along the way!
Fireflies In A Jar Craft
Kids will love catching fireflies on a summer night with this fun craft from Woo! Jr Kids Activities. Using just a few simple supplies you can turn construction paper into an adorable lightening bug lantern! This is one of those great camping crafts for kids that can be enjoyed long after the camping trip is over!
Cute Paper Plate Camper
How cute are these paper plate campers from Glued To My Crafts Blog? This is one of those camping crafts for kids that can be easily adapted to different ages and skill levels. We love how this project can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be!
Paper Plate Day & Night Camping Craft
Kids love paper plate crafts and this super cute day and night camping craft from Non Toy Gifts is a great way to sneak in a little bit of crafting before a family camping trip. Let kids get creative and add different themed camping items and objects like a picnic table, tree stump, fire pit, tent and sleeping bag to their craft.
Paper Tube Camping Binoculars Craft
Every camping trip needs a good set of binoculars and these DIY toilet paper roll binoculars from Crafts By Amanda are the perfect way for kids to explore their surroundings. This is a great camping craft idea for kids of all ages!
Tin Can Wind Chimes
This fun camping craft from Momtastic is perfect for those times when you need a little down time at the campsite. Gather up a few tin cans and some paint to make these beautiful wind chimes. You can even encourage the kids to get a little creative and add their own unique designs to their chimes.
Mud Kitchen Recipes
Kids love to play with dirt and these mud kitchen recipes are a great way to let them get a little messy while camping. This fun camping activity is perfect for kids who love to cook and create in the great outdoors! Collect the necessary ingredients on a nature walk and let kids go to town making delicious creations!
Related: Free Printable Mud Kitchen Recipes
Final Thoughts On Camping Crafts For Kids
We hope you enjoyed this large collection of best camping crafts for kids and diy ideas that we collected.
These camping crafts for kids are a great way to get kids excited about an upcoming camping trip or a visit to their favorite summer camp.
They are also perfect for a rainy camping day activity or a fun camping night time activity when you want to do something creative that the whole family will enjoy.
With lots of great ideas to pick from we hope you found some inspiration for your next camping adventure!
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