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When you live in Seattle, you learn to have backup plans for any outdoor actives you schedule. Without them, there’s be far too many fun events canceled because of rain. Camping is one of those activities, and I happen to like indoor camping!
We recently had a family camp out in my sister’s living room where the tepee she made for her granddaughter became the centerpiece for our indoor adventure. We wanted a fun experience that didn’t cost a lot of money and could be created with things that mostly came from around the house. It also had to keep this sweet little girl busy while we got some adult time to chat. I think we did a pretty good job – take a peek and let me know what you think!
Indoor Camping Food – Easy Kid Cooking Fun
Paisley just turned two, and she loves cooking with her Nana. She was so excited when we told her she’d be making dinner, so she got her apron on, washed her hands, and with Mom and Nana’s help, she made Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket. These are the same hot dog roll ups my kids used to make when they were little. All you need is a package of Ball Park® Hot Dogs, a can of refrigerated crescent rolls, and some cheese, and kids can create a quick and easy dinner!
I picked up the ingredients at my local Kroger store (here in Washington State that’s Fred Meyer). Along with Ball Park® Hot Dogs (and buns for the adults), I stuffed my cart with potato salad, apple slices, apple juice, and more. I even tucked in some craft supplies I used to decorate the teepee.
Paisley was very proud of her little Pigs in a Blanket, though she never quite understood the name. We’ll try to explain it again when she’s older, but that got me thinking, if I’d have purchased the All-Beef hotdogs, would they have been Cows in a Blanket
The adults had their Ball Park® Hot Dogs grilled on buns.
Paisley didn’t need any help enjoying her Pigs in a Blanket along with Ketchup for dipping by lantern light. She eats with her napkin at the ready – how cute is that! She’s enjoying them on a kid-safe and reusable melamine plate that looks like a paper plate.
The teepee was a great place to hideout and play while the adults ate and chatted nearby.
Indoor Camping – Setting the Scene
The teepee was made by my sister, but to make it special for our indoor camping party, I made a few homemade decorations. I also added two lanterns. One was a play lantern (the green one) that has nature sounds like frogs croaking and wolves howling. The other was lifted from my emergency kit at home. They were a huge hit.
I also made this crochet campfire complete with a flame, logs, and fire ring rocks. It didn’t take long for the faux rocks to become skipping stones across an imaginary lake. If you don’t crochet, you can use real wood, a battery operated tea light, and some red cellophane to create a fun pretend fire.
The outside of the teepee was decorated with easy-to-make Dream Catchers I made ahead of time and attached to a feather ribbon. The large dreamcatcher was put inside the teepee. It’s made with silver yarn with a little sparkle that looks magical with the fairy lights. Making Dream Catchers is a great camping craft for older kids.
Purchase Supplies to Make Your Own Dream Catchers
Spinrite Metallic Yarn, Pewter – the metallic yarn I used is no longer available, but this is very similar.
I filled the teepee with several homemade crocheted blankets and some play balls to play games with or to sit on. Anything you have around the house will work, just make it soft and inviting. I did have to be a little careful about making the floor too soft because of Paisley’s broken leg. I made sure she wouldn’t trip or fall by keeping the pillows and blankets to a minimum. I also added our Kid’s Nature Camping Lantern – it casts animal shadows on the walls of the teepee and provided sounds like croaking frogs and howling wolves.
We put inexpensive, battery operated fairy lights inside. They were high enough she couldn’t reach them, but they added a fun glow, especially when the lights outside the teepee were off. I also made a very large dream catcher (Paisley is holding a piece of it) and hung it like a chandelier from the top.
Paisley was so excited about the new decor inside her teepee she had to show her great-grandma.
Indoor Camping – Crafts
Paisley loves wearing necklaces so before the event I made about 15 simple beaded necklaces. But I also brought along the cording and beads so she could make her own. It’s an inexpensive camping craft (about $16 total) that kids love.
With her mom’s help, Paisley picked out the colors and instructed mom how they needed to be strung in. I’m not sure which of the two of them had more fun. It was a great mom-and-me craft, and it gave Paisley a chance to design her own necklaces and then pass them out to everyone.
This girl knows what she wants, and she loved all of the colors!
Older kids would be able to string these beads on their own. It’s great for helping with dexterity, colors, patterns, and more.
Indoor Camping – Sleeping
The best part about indoor camping? Not waking up with a dew-covered sleeping bag, not having to run inside to use the bathroom, and getting to show Nana your new lantern!
Indoor camping should be fun, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Use blankets to make a fort under the dining room table, use flashlights or glow-in-the-dark sticks, and turn off all the screens in the house and read stories, sing songs, and eat great food!
Do you indoor camp? What’s your favorite part of it?