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Camping sleepover

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A camping sleepover in the garden is almost a right of passage! It’s a brilliant way for friends to bond and have fun together and experience the excitement of a night out under the stars.

A camping sleepover is a great outdoors activity for kids – it’s good for them to be free range kids and switch of the tech for a while!

We love the National Trust 50 Things Before You’re 11 3/4 and it’s great to tick them all off.

What You Need For A Camping Sleepover

Everything you need for a successful camping sleepover!

  • Tents (or enough huge sheets, blankets and rope for the homemade variety)
  • Sleeping bags or blankets and pillows.
  • Lighting – torches, fairy lights or solar powered lanterns.
  • Firewood or charcoal for the chimnea/BBQ and matches.
  • Supper food (I recommend sausages, bread rolls and ketchup).
  • Plenty of drinks – cartons are best as they don’t tend to spill as much when knocked over.
  • Telephone numbers of all the kids parents and list of allergies.
  • A few spare teddies in case any are forgotten.
  • Breakfast food – fruit juice & cereal or maybe pastries.
  • A comfortable camp bed for yourself if you are sleeping outdoors too.
  • A sense of humour!
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How To Have A Great Camping Sleepover

  • Once the kids arrive get them all involved in putting up the tents or making the dens
  • Sort out who is sleeping where and get all the beds ready.
  • Light the BBQ/Chimnea if you are cooking outdoors – Safety note – always make sure children are fully and properly supervised around fire.
  • Cook supper.
  • Make s’mores.
  • Tell scary stories
  • Sing campfire songs
  • Sleep….. (possibly)
  • Make breakfast
  • Send them home!
  • Chill out & bask in glory of being a *cool parent*

Tips To Make Your Camping Sleepover The BEST!

  • This is an activity best suited to older children age 10+.
  • Make sure you supervise any BBQ/Cooking/fires
  • It’s best to do this activity with at least 4 children.
  • Try to let the children make it their own evening – don’t interfere too much
  • Get them all involved in setting up & tidying up – helping out and doing things for themselves boosts confidence.

You might also just LOVE our Summer Fun List written by kids for kids!

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It’s packed with great things to do that will create brilliant experiences for kids!

Summer Fun List Includes

  • Campfire
  • BBQ breakfast
  • Dance in the rain
  • Barefoot walk
  • Fly a kite
  • Stargazing
  • Camp out
  • Paddle in a stream
  • Cook awesome pancakes
  • Go for a picnic
  • Make nature crowns
  • Midnight feast
  • Make s’mores
  • Swim in the sea
  • Visit a lake
  • Sleepover night
  • Make a water slide
  • Have a water fight
  • Build a den

Visit Summer Fun List for the full details.

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