Camping With Kids (Tips For Families)

We have done the impossible three times in the past 2 months we went camping with kids! We have six kids ranging in age from 2 to 8 and let’s just say the idea of camping terrified me at first, and we now have a routine. I love it!

camping with kids tips

These are just a few of the tips that we have scoured the internet for and incorporated into our camping routine.

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Grill fruit it is easier for small fingers to grab the fruit and put it on the roasting stick by themselves. And a lot less messy than marshmallows!

Use a blow-up mattress for your kids to sleep on. YOu won’t need to worry about stones if you tent camp and it takes up very little space once collapsed in the car making pack-up a breeze.

kids camping tips

Pack clothes in a roll. We laid out a bottom, undies and a top and then rolled the outfit together. Secure it with a rubber band and now the kids won’t make a mess of their clothes as they grab the next day’s outfit.

Don’t buy ice. Use jugs of drinking water. Freeze them and put them into the cooler. As it melts you have cool water to drink and your food stays cool.

Make fire-starter pods. Keep your dryer lint and fill a cardboard egg carton with the lint. Pour wax over it. These pods will even start a fire in a drizzling rain!

Create a camping food station. Use an over-the-door shoe organizer stuff the sections with the supplies you need.

Add some comfort to tent camping with foam floor pieces. They are durable, comfy, and easy to assemble/remove.

family camping hacks

Stop the itching bug bites with chloraseptic spray. Just spray it on the red bumps and the itching will stop (p.s. it also stains, so wait till it is dry before clothes come in contact with it.

Keep fishing lures in one place and away from small fingers with a mini-tackle box made from a tic-tac container!

We all want clean toilet paper. If you are not staying at a KOA and are roughing it, put your TP into a coffee canister.

Do you bring pets with you?? The KOA we were at had a dog park and there were a bunch of friendly dogs for my kids to enjoy! I love this idea of cutting the bottom out of a jug and using that as your pet’s watering bowl.

Is there a ban on fire rings where you are camping?? You can still have the campfire experience. Use candles on sticks this is a theoretical hack. I did not use this with my kids, but it could be a fun idea for a way to have light after the fire has gone out and when the littles are in their sleeping bags.

tips for camping with kids

We all know that we don’t want to bring technology camping, but sometimes rain happens, or your kids need an activity to wind down. Time for DIY ipod speakers. If you have wi-fi at your campground use a solo cup as a speaker.

Bring activity bags. These bagged activities are perfect for the slow-paced days where you hangout all morning around the cabin or campsite. The kids can grab one bag and go make something nifty.

Give your kids a nature bag and tell them to go on a scavenger hunt around your camp site! They can collect objects they find!

camping activities with kids

Meals are chaotic while you are camping. Scramble eggs for breakfast ahead of time keep your scrambled eggs in a jar. You can pour them and cook as needed.

DIY Tasty Energy balls. These are perfect to grab on-the-go. Bring them with you for a day of hiking.

Grilled banana boats. Guys, these are beyond yummy, they are scrumptious! Tastes a bit like wet icecream when the chips melt into the banana.

Homemade granola bars are easy to make ahead of time, and could be a meal replacement if you have a picky eater or if the meal got scorched by flames.

family camping safety

Prepare single use packets of antibiotic cream and even hydrocortisone lotion for the times that your kids *will* get scraped knees and funky plant-induced rashes.

Don’t want to buy firewood?? Make your own blocks with old newspaper. We have made one of these in the past. It catches fast and burns hot perfect for breakfast.

Camp in a cabin save your energy for the day’s activities, instead of the drama of a tent.

tips for camping with toddlers

Make campfire cones. These are smore’s inside a waffle ice cream cone. We love to add marshmallow, dark chocolate chips and fruit. We’ve also made them with apples and cinnamon so tasty!

Play I-Spy only add a fun decorated rock. Your kids will have a blast creating the rock and then taking turns hiding and hunting for it.

Enjoy oreo smore’s. We love smores they are our nightly camping ritual. This is a super simple way to make a fun treat.

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Make a Summer Party Popsicle Bar

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a colorfulPopsicle bar! Perfect for backyard barbecues or pool parties, my kids love any chance to enjoy their favorite summer treats.

We partnered with Popsicle Brand Ice pops the Original Summertime Treat to create this fun Popsicle bar. Popsicle hasbeen bringing the fun with bright colors and bold, icy-cool refreshing flavors since 1905.

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

Here’s what you need to make a summer party Popsicle bar:

  • Popsicle Brand Ice pops
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Disposable baking dishes
  • Ice
  • Clear plastic cups

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

We featured traditional Orange, Cherry, and Grape Popsicles, along with Jolly Rancher Popsicles and Tropical Paradise Popsiclesin our Popsicle bar.

Start by adding ice to the disposable baking dishes. Unwrap Popsicle ice pops and place individually in clear plastic cups. Set inside the baking dishes and surround with ice.

This will keep the ice pops cold during your party!

Serve the ice pops with lemon-lime soda for a fun, refreshing drink that will become more flavorful as the Popsicle melts.

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With their icy-cool refreshing taste, bold flavors and fun shapes, Popsicle pops come in the iconic yellow box and are available in more than 20 unique flavors including the childhood favorites Orange, Cherry and Grape!

Summer Party Popsicle Bar

How do you enjoy ice pops in the summer?

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Sriracha Buffalo Bites

Sriracha Buffalo Bites are a crowd-pleasing finger food your kids will love, especially if they like spicy and hot food!  This easy to prepare recipe needs just 20 minutes in the oven and then it’s ready to be dipped in your favorite sauce (I prefer chunk bleu cheese myself).  The ingredients make for a tasty, yet healthy lunch option full of good protein and fats.  Avocado oil burns at higher temperatures, so you retain all the vitamins.  Adjust the seasoning/sauce to a temperature and spice of your liking!

Ingredients for Sriracha Buffalo Bites

  • 2 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp Butter (I use Kerrygold Grass-Fed)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb boneless chicken
  • 1/2 cup creole seasoning
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil

Directions for Sriracha Buffalo Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Chicken should be cut into one inch pieces.  Toss chicken in creole seasoning.
  4. Put avocado oil into skillet and set heat to medium-high.  Once smoke begins to rise, add chicken pieces to pan.
  5. Cook chicken for three minutes, flip over, and cook for an additional three minutes.
  6. Combine melted butter, lemon juice, garlic, and sriracha in a mixing bowl.
  7. Add chicken to mixing bowl with sauce and toss to combine.
  8. Place chicken on tray with parchment paper and add tray to oven.
  9. Cook for 20 minutes or until the chicken begins to blacken.


Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Calories 266 kcal

Protein 12 g

Fat 22 g

Carb 2 g

Fiber 0 g

Sugar 1 g

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Paper Plate Tambourine

I know what you’re thinking.

No way! A paper plate tambourine? I DO NOT need more noise in my home!

But sometimes a little noise can create a little more sanity. When the kids are busy and playing, you have time for that hot morning coffee and magazine ¦time to check your email ¦time to visit the bathroom alone. Just wear ear plugs!

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Paper Plate Tambourine

Seriously though, this craft is easy and will keep the little ones entertained for quite a while.  Kids  who are marching along, pretending to be musicians in a parade are pretty darn cute! Paper plate tambourines  allow  children to explore music and rhythm, without breaking your bank.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper plates
  • Glue Dots
  • Corn or beans (about 1/4 cup)
  • Bells (optional)
  • Washi Tape
  • Markers


Fold the paper plate in half and begin to seal the edges with Glue Dots. Of course you could use regular glue or even tape, but Glue Dots are easy, effective, and mess-free.


Continue sealing the paper plate until just a small opening is left, then invite  your child to pour in a handful of corn and a few bells.


Seal the rest of the plate completely, then wrap the edge of the paper plate with colorful washi tape.


Invite your child to decorate their tambourine with markers or stickers.


Invite your child to shake, tap, and drum their new tambourine!

Paper Plate Tambourines

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LDS Missionaries In Fatal Car Accident In South Africa

On December 23rd, Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission passed away in a car accident. Three other missionaries were in the car with Elder Latu at the time of accident and sustained minor injuries.

Shortly after the accident Church spokesman Eric Hawkins issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened to share news of the death of Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu, age 19, from the Auckland New Zealand Tamaki Stake, Clover Park Ward. Elder Latu died of injuries sustained in a car accident on Friday, December 23rd. Elder Latu was serving in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission.

He was with three other missionaries, all of whom are being treated for minor injuries. We pray for the family and loved ones of Elder Latu. May they be comforted and sustained in their time of mourning and loss.

We are heartbroken at the loss of one of our missionaries and we are praying for Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu’s family.”

This is the fourth passing away of a full-time LDS missionary in 2016.

Please pray for the Latu family and for all those who have been affected by the accident. Our sincerest condolences go out to the Latu family. We’re grateful for the incredible sacrifices of missionaries around the world to bring the Gospel to God’s children.

The Best Holiday Gifts for Kids of All Ages

Sometimes finding gifts for the little one’s on your shopping list can be the greatest challenge. But if you are looking for some unique gift ideas this list of The Best Holiday Gifts for Kids of All Ages will definitely take the pressure off!

You can find everything from cool scooters to doll houses to even sock monkeys on this shopping guide!

All kids love a way to get around and these gift ideas will keep them off their feet!

Smart Balance Bike – Racer – $80.99 + Free Shipping

Razor Jr. Twisti – $61.99 + Free Shipping

Push Around Buggy by Step2 – $53.99 + Free Shipping


Here are a few other ideas on two, three and four wheels!


Razor California Longboard – $99.99 + Free Shipping

Razor DXT Drift Trike – $181.99 + Free Shipping

Razor Jr. Lil Crazy – $94.49 + Free Shipping


If you have a doll house on your shopping list, here are a few fun ideas!


Contemporary Deluxe Townhouse – $121.49 + Free Shipping

Storybook Mansion – $184.99 + Free Shipping

Monster Mansion Doll House – $120.99 + Free Shipping


These play sets will keep your kids busy all day!


Wooden Wonders Downtown Deluxe Parking Garage – $99.99 + Free Shipping

Waterfall Junction Train Set & Table – $220.49 + Free Shipping

Timbers in Color – 270 pc (Box) – $33.99 + Free Shipping


Looking for fun & fitness?  Here are some ideas:


Fun and Fitness for Kids Air Walker – $134.49 + Free Shipping

Fun and Fitness for Kids Weight Bench – $109.99 + Free Shipping On Sale!: $129.99

Fun and Fitness for Kids Trampoline – $74.99 + Free Shipping On Sale!: $99.99


Here are a few other really unique ideas for kids.


Wooden Block Set with Carrying Bag – $38.99 + Free Shipping

Prehistoric Playset with Play Mat and Storage Container – $50.99 + Free Shipping

Blockbeard’s Balance Pirate Ship Playset – $31.99 + Free Shipping


And every kiddo needs a sock monkey, right?  Look at these adorable options.


Star Wars Darth Vader Sock Monkey – $30.99 + Free Shipping On Sale!: $38.00

Batman Sock Monkey – $40.99 + Free Shipping On Sale!: $54.00

Harry Potter Sock Monkey – $36.99 + Free Shipping – On Sale!: $48.00


There are so many great gift ideas for the entire family at Blue Digger!  Finish your shopping today!

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