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Camping Crafts for Preschool: Fun and Popular Activities for Kids

Camping is a fun and exciting way to spend time outdoors with family and friends. These camping crafts for preschool are so much fun, camping can be an opportunity to learn about nature, explore the wilderness, and develop new skills. One great way to engage preschoolers during camping trips is by introducing them to camping crafts.

I’ve shared so many name crafts and hands-on art that you can use to help kids learn to write and recognise their names.

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Camping crafts can be a fun and engaging activity for preschoolers during camping trips. 

There are so many ways to enjoy camping activities, you can add a scavenger hunt at your next camping trip along with some printable activities to also work on letter recognition, shapes and more like the ones we will share below. 

I love fine motor activities, and on this blog, I have shared so many. Check out this counting farm themed printable.

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Add these along with some Googly eyes in your bag or busy bag and you have repeated activities to enjoy throughout the upcoming camping trip. 

Add these along with some Googly eyes in your bag or busy bag and you have repeated activities to enjoy throughout the upcoming camping trip. 

Kids will LOVE these printable free playdough number mats. Have you picked up all of our free play dough mats from the post below? Fine motor activities are absolutely essential for kids.

These crafts can help children develop their creativity, fine motor skills, and problem-solving abilities.

Moreover, camping crafts can be a great way to teach children about the environment, wildlife, and natural resources. 

From making nature collages to creating bird feeders, there are many camping crafts that preschoolers can enjoy.

The little campers can also enjoy these on a rainy day if you’re not able to leave the house or classroom. 

incorporating easy craft ideas like these even without small toys are so much fun and educational. 

Fun Camping Crafts for Preschoolers

Preschoolers love to get creative and make things with their hands.

Camping trips provide the perfect opportunity to engage in fun camping crafts that not only keep them entertained but also help develop their fine motor skills.

>>> Get this Printable Camping Name Craft Right Here <<<

camping name craft

Here are some of the best camping crafts that are easy to make and perfect for kids of all ages.

Free Camping Crafts for Preschoolers

When it comes to camping, it’s not just about sleeping bags and campfires. 

The camping theme can be a fantastic source of inspiration for engaging craft activities, especially for young kids.

In this blog post, we will explore some exciting and interactive craft ideas using colorful paper, duct tape, and other materials that will make your next camping trip or backyard adventure a memorable experience for the little ones. 

Let’s dive into the world of crafting and explore the best part of camping: having fun together!

These fun camping crafts are a fun way to include printable activities to work on name writing and 2D shapes.

These are so much fun to do during the summer months. 

These 2D shape crafts / activity is perfect for the littles learning all about shapes.

Get this activity along with TWO other free camp themed printables in this blog post.

shape 2d craft

Easy Camping Crafts

I’ve recently started incorporating hands-on listening crafts. Below, I will feature the camping listening craft.

If you don’t know what they are, they are SO MUCH fun. The kids get to build their own version of the crafts by following the prompts.

Also, if you’re looking for some super fantastic camping activites, see the ideas and camping crafts that Jessica at the Primary parade offers. She has the cutest printable crafts for this theme!

The best part about these is that they get working on several skills, listening and fine motor skills.

You can either have the kids read and follow the directions OR you could read out the directions.

listen and build printable crafts

These easy camping crafts can be done in the classroom or at home. 

They’re easy and low prep and can be laminated for more future use. 

For a fun lesson on the outdoors, why not do this fun Paper Turtle Craft? It’s a great way to work on fine motor skills.

Engaging Name Craft

One of the favorite camping crafts for preschoolers is the build a firepit name craft.

name craft for camping

This craft is not only fun but also a great way to help kids learn to spell their names.

All you need is some construction paper, glue, and markers.

Cut out the letters of your child’s name from the template.

Then, have your child glue the letters onto a bigger piece of construction paper to spell their name or you could use the templates in the craft. Encourage them to decorate their name with markers or stickers.

Camping is a cherished outdoor activity that allows us to connect with nature, spend quality time with loved ones, and create unforgettable memories.

While roasting marshmallows over a crackling campfire is a beloved tradition, why not take it a step further and turn it into a creative camping name craft? 

The added bonus of this craft is that they get to trace their names onto the template and then glue it onto the fire.

name craft activities for summer

In this fun activity, we’ll explore the delightful world of marshmallow letter building and how it can add an extra touch of fun and personalization to your camping experience.

The marshmallows are included in the download, just write the letters of the name on each template and have the kids cut and paste them in order to build the craft.

You will need the free printable below for the editable name letter building task and the writing names component. 

Once you construct the fire logs and then add the fire on top, you can paste these on a cardboard or empty sheet. 

2D Shape Match on Stick

Another fun craft that preschoolers will enjoy is the 2D shape match on stick.

>>> Get this free printable in the camping FREE pack here.

shape craft matching

This craft is not only fun but also helps kids learn about different shapes. All you need are some sticks, construction paper, glue, and markers and the printable below which includes all the materials you need to work on.

Laminate the printable pages and then cut them out. 

The kids will use the stick to place and match the shapes onto it once they pick a card to follow. 

Camping Alphabet Match and Write

It’s so much fun to have some literacy themed activities too.

And these ABC match and write printable activities are perfect for that!

The idea is that the kids will pick a letter ‘hat card’ and then add it to the sleeping bear.

They will then write the letter on the sleeping bag. I would laminate the sleeping bag template card so that it can be used and re-used.

Get the free camping ABC printable below here.

alphabet camping activities

These printables can be used in so many ways!

Firefly Shapes

If you’re looking for a printable that covers both fine motor AND shapes. This activity is perfect!

The free printable download, “Sorting Fireflies Shapes Activity Cut and Paste into Jars,” is a delightful educational resource designed to engage children in a fun and interactive sorting activity.

camping activities

With vibrant illustrations and charming firefly shapes, this printable offers an exciting way for young learners to enhance their shape recognition skills.

The activity involves cutting out firefly shapes and pasting them into corresponding jars based on their shapes.

Children will have a blast identifying shapes such as circles, squares, triangles, and more, as they arrange the fireflies into their designated containers.

This activity not only fosters shape recognition but also promotes fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as children manipulate the paper cutouts.

With its playful and engaging concept, the Sorting Fireflies Shapes Activity Cut and Paste into Jars printable is an ideal tool for educators, parents, or caregivers seeking to make learning enjoyable and memorable for children.

Whether used in the classroom or at home, this printable promises to captivate young minds and inspire a love for learning through hands-on exploration.

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CVC Camping Activities

The free printable download, “CVC Camping Read and Match Activity,” is an engaging resource designed to help children develop their CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) word recognition skills.

With its interactive and playful approach, this activity is sure to captivate young learners.

CVC camping phonics activities

The activity revolves around a bear spinner, which kids will spin to select a specific CVC word.

After spinning the bear spinner, children will search for the corresponding CVC word on a tent and cover it with mini erasers or any other manipulative of their choice.

This hands-on experience encourages active participation and reinforces word recognition through a kinesthetic approach.

By combining the element of chance with the challenge of finding and covering the correct CVC word, this activity promotes engagement, concentration, and critical thinking skills.

Whether used in the classroom or at home, the CVC Read and Match Activity printable offers an enjoyable and effective way for children to practice and reinforce their CVC word recognition abilities.

It is a valuable resource for educators, parents, or caregivers seeking to make learning interactive, fun, and meaningful for young learners.

Don’t forget to grab all the FREE camping activities through this link here or on the image below.

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Camping Printable Activities FREE SET

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    Here are some more non printable camping activities you can try:

    Pretend Play Campfire

    Preschoolers love to pretend play, and what better way to do that than with a pretend play campfire? All you need are some rocks, sticks, and tissue paper. Arrange the rocks in a circle and place the sticks in the center to create the fire. Then, have your child crumple up pieces of tissue paper to represent flames and place them on top of the sticks.

    Paper Plate Animals

    Paper plate animals are another fun camping craft that preschoolers will enjoy. All you need are some paper plates, markers, and construction paper. Cut out different animal shapes from construction paper and glue them onto the paper plates. Then, have your child decorate the animals with markers.

    Popsicle Stick Tent

    Preschoolers will love building their own popsicle stick tent. All you need are some popsicle sticks, glue, and markers. Glue the popsicle sticks together to create a tent shape. Then, have your child decorate the tent with markers.

    Nature Art Crafts

    If you’re looking for fun ways to engage kids with nature. Try these nature art activities.

    Tissue Paper Lanterns

    Tissue paper lanterns are a great way to add some ambiance to your family camping trip. All you need are some tissue paper, glue, and string. Cut out different shapes from the tissue paper and glue them onto a piece of paper to create a lantern. 

    Then, attach a string to the top of the lantern to hang it up.

    Overall, these fun camping crafts are a great way to keep preschoolers entertained during your camping adventure. They are easy to make and perfect for kids of all ages. Plus, they help develop fine motor skills while enjoying the great outdoors.

    Overall, these fun camping crafts are a great way to keep preschoolers entertained during your camping adventure. They are easy to make and perfect for kids of all ages. Plus, they help develop fine motor skills while enjoying the great outdoors.

    Don’t forget to get the full printable name writing and building craft by the firepit.

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