Camping and Crafting with Kids

By Shannon Gurnee
In California
November 17, 2014
49 Comments
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#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

In our family, we love to go camping!  In fact, we just bought a RV – woo hoo!  We have a favorite campsite in Santa Barbara that we visit on a regular basis and the kids love it because they get to swim, make ice cream sundaes, enjoy s’mores, play in the park and go on hikes.  On our recent trip, I decided to bring some fun crafts to change things up a little bit.  After all, we were camping a little longer than usual with the long holiday weekend.

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

I found some great crafts at our local Joann’s.  I love that store!  I found some items for $1.00 each and then others I bought as a kit.  The kit included a wooden drawing and then markers to color with.  I bought holiday penguins, elves, horses and a Santa.  The kids enjoyed coloring them!  However, there was one major fail with the Penguin.  You’ll figure it out if you look at the picture close enough (just know that the piece you notice is actually supposed to be what makes the wooden cutout stand upright – lol)!  I even bought some ornament kits the kids will be able to make on our upcoming camping trips!  

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

#Camping #OurBigFamily #FamilyFun #Crafts

Other than the wooden coloring kits, I brought Foam Flyer Kits.  We had 7 planes available for the kids (and Frank) to build.  Unfortunately, one of the planes was missing the tail, but I was glad the kids were able to paint them with Frank as I captured them all in pictures.  I would definitely recommend that if you buy these kits, you check to make sure all of the pieces are there and the paint isn’t dried out before you take them on camping trips.  We had that happen on ours and while it made it a little challenging, everyone still had a great time decorating their planes and flying them afterwards!  I’m excited to do some more arts and crafts on our next camping trip!

Do your kids make crafts on camping trips?  What are their favorite crafts to make?

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Shannon Gurnee (formerly Shannon Gosney) is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

49 Responses to “Camping and Crafting with Kids”

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    We don’t camp, but my boys definitley love doing crafts! So much fun!

  2. Sue says:

    We don’t camp either but I think having kids craft is awesome. So much better than mindless video games. Looks like they all had a lot of fun!

  3. Nancy says:

    Omg you guys would be so fun to camp with! I would love to not sleep in a tent – wait, or do you? I mean, you have an RV so I’d assume you’d sleep there right? And the crafting? I’d be all over it!

  4. Melanie says:

    Camping is tons of fun! Never thought about crafts while camping though, love it!

  5. Pam says:

    I haven’t been camping since I was a kid, but my children love to make crafts. Plus, I am a big fan of JoAnn’s too!

  6. Courtney says:

    Omg y’all just made camping look like the best time ever!!!! I loved camping when I was younger so I’m going to have to suck it up and take my princess so she can have fun memories like I did :):)

  7. I’ve never taken our boys camping but it is definitely on our list of things to do. I love the idea of doing crafts with our boys at the same time in the outdoors.

  8. I’ve actually never been camping, but it’s something on my to-do list. I can tell your family had a lot of fun.

  9. carra d says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever made crafts while camping as a kid. I was too busy adventuring into the woods and activities. I do love to craft though.

  10. It’s been way to long since I went camping. I never thought to take the kids crafts to work on. Thank you for the great idea.

  11. Debbie L. says:

    Yes we love to camp and craft. My husband laughs and says that is because I was a girl scout! I said nope it is because I love to camp and craft!

  12. Paula Parker says:

    I love the airplane craft! Everything is more fun when camping, even eating a bowl of cereal is more fun and tastier when in nature. Looks like you had a blast!

  13. Jennifer Williams says:

    I have never thought to bring crafts when we go camping. We usually go out and explore nature and sometimes collect items for when we return to craft with.

  14. Sarah Bailey says:

    Now this sounds like great fun, what a way and place to get creative as well. x

  15. We don’t camp, but I love the idea of bringing crafts to camping.

  16. Catherine S says:

    What a great and fun idea. I would love to take the family camping. I have not been since I was a kid.

  17. Debbie Denny says:

    That is a great idea to camp and craft. Looks like you all enjoyed it.

  18. Jaime says:

    I love the painting kits! I buy some so I have them on hand for rainy days, or when I need a project for my son and his friend(s).

  19. Pam says:

    Congratulations on your new RV! These type of crafts are always the most fun and ones that create memories that kids talk about for years.

  20. I so miss watching my kids do crafts. These kids look like they had a great time and they did some really nice things with the individual plains. So cool.

  21. Amanda Love says:

    Oh it looks like everyone had such a fun time. We grew up in a big city so never went camping. Would love to one day.

  22. I remember being a little girl going to girl scout camp each year and a LOVED crafting with a group. I try to keep up with my boys crafting, they don’t seem to have the same passion as I do – but it did foster a life long crafting desire in me starting early! 😀 And the boy with the toast ‘burn’ shirt – is hilarious! My 3 boys use that phrase on each other often…I would love to get them one 😀

  23. Freya says:

    What a great idea, it looks like it was a real success. Everybody looks like they are having lots of fun.

  24. HilLesha says:

    I have been on a camping trip only once and that’s when I was a child. Therefore, my family and I haven’t been camping. However, it would be fun to do someday. I love the idea of making crafts, which my son would really love since he enjoys craft projects.

  25. Michelle Hwee says:

    This looks like so much fun! 🙂 What a great quality time and family bonding experience. I love camping myself.

  26. R U S S says:

    Oooh! Such a fun thing to do with family. We can’t really do much of that here in my country – sucks huh? Congratulations on the new RV! I’ve always thought that RVs are cool.

  27. Dawn says:

    This looks like a lot of fun! My daughter loves camping and she loves doing crafts!

  28. Angela says:

    I have only been camping a few times. It was always fun, although I am more of a ‘glamping’ kind of gal. I love that do craft projects while you camp. Your camping trips look like a lot of fun!

  29. Chrysa says:

    I never thought about crafting while camping, but it looks like a really fun thing to do. I wish we could spend that much time outdoors this time of year!

  30. Rosey says:

    Bummer on the missing piece, and lol at the penguin. We like to do crafts like this too, and flying them afterwards is def. the best part. 🙂

  31. I’m more than a little jealous of the nice weather there! It’s too cold to camp here until spring. At least for me!

  32. coolchillmom says:

    We have never done a full blown camping trip. The kids love the idea of staying in the tent in our garden

  33. What a fun way to spend an afternoon! I love throwing newspaper on the table and getting messy.

  34. Looks like everyone had so much fun! I love crafts but am definitely not a camper!

  35. Looks like it has been such a fun adventure and activity!

  36. Paula Schuck says:

    Inexpensive crafts are in valuable when kids are young. My girls are crazy for crafts. I’ve never heard of this particular store Joanne’s, but I’ll assume that it’s a US store obviously. It sounds great.

  37. Amanda says:

    Oh it looks like you had so much fun! I love crafting – and camping for that matter!

  38. Christie says:

    We are definite pros to crafting. But I don’t know about the camping part 🙂

  39. So awesome to have them all outside doing crafts, too many kids are spending tons of time indoors!

  40. Melissa Smith says:

    Camping is a blast! Especially when you bring things to help keep the kids from getting bored. I know mine love those little wooden pictures that come with the markers too.

  41. Brandy says:

    I have not gone camping since being a Mom. That has to change. I love the idea of doing arts and crafts while camping, although we do a lot of that at home, so I think the kids would rather do new things if we go out to camp somewhere. I am loving the photos of your family crafting it up! Perfect family memories!

  42. Amber NElson says:

    I think crafts are fun at any age really. I’d have a blast teaching these kids!

  43. Kathleen says:

    I love both camping and crafting with my boys. When we are camping I love to do nature crafts with the boys. We made nature masks once, and that went over really well.

  44. I think this is a great idea, whether your camping or staying at home. Cool craft ideas to keep kids entertained.

  45. Julie Wood says:

    I have not camped in years. But when my son was younger, we went camping all the time. Camping is a good bonding experience with the kids. Your kid’s look like they are having a lot of fun with their crafts. Boy would I love to camp in Santa Barbara! It sounds like luxury!

  46. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This is a great idea to camp and do the crafts with the kids. I would have never thought of this one. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Hannah Staveley says:

    Love doing Christmas crafts with the kids.

  48. John Lopez says:

    Looks so fun and enjoying!! i hope the activity was great, and good bonding craft.

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