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 outdoor kids activity. All kids should be free range kids!
What you need:
- tents (or enough huge sheets, blankets and rope for the homemade variety).
- sleeping bags & 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).
- marshmallows and biscuits if you’re making smores.
- 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
What you do:
- 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.
- Cook supper.
- Make smores.
- Tell scary stories
- Make breakfast
- Send them home.
- Chill out & bask in glory of being a *cool parent*
Hints & tips:
- 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.
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