Pretend camping toys for kids are a wonderful way to encourage creative, imaginative and unstructured play.
Actually, it’s only somewhat unstructured but, all of the skills I mention can still be facilitated by pretending to go camping.
The reason that I say this type of play isn’t completely unstructured is because an adult has probably given the suggestion of going on a “camping trip”.
But if the suggestion is all that is given and your child gets their own toys together and begins acting out different scenarios either independently or with peers, so much learning is happening and the play is no longer structured.
8 Play Camping Toys To Foster Imaginative Play
Educational Insights Grill and Go Camp Stove
A camp stove is very similar to a kids play kitchen, just a much smaller version of it. So the skills that can be strengthened or gained are very similar.
With the Grill and Go Camp Stove from Educational Insights, your child can also learn new camping themed vocabulary or learn new words for existing words.
For example: what is the difference between a tent and a teepee? Which one would you take on your camping trip? Another word would be warm vs. cozy.
This set includes a coffee pot, pan and 4 utensils. The entire unit comes in a child friendly carrying case.
For more ideas on language development and learning, make sure to read The 5 Best Kids Play Kitchens: They Will All Encourage Language and Learning!.
Simply swap the word “kitchen” for “camping” or “camping stove” to stick with the camping theme.
Discovery Kids Starlight Lantern
This kids play lantern also doubles as a star projector!
So when it’s time to turn the lights out your little camper can fall asleep under the stars, even if it’s an indoor camping trip!
A flashlight is a must have for any camping trip. But so is a lantern!
You can use it to find your way around in the dark, or have a fun shadow puppet show.
Talk about some of the animals you might see outside on a camping trip.
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Camp Set
This kit comes with some additional camping necessities, including a lantern.
Some of the other items include a pretend watch, shovel, canteen, first aid kit, utensil set, compass and stove.
This set works well for introducing and explaining new vocabulary words such as first aid kit, compass and canteen.
Sit back and watch what your child does with these items. It will vary depending on their age.
Following your child’s lead is very important when it comes to a child’s learning and development.
Kids Play Tent Or Teepee
Every camping trip, real or pretend, needs a tent (or teepee).
Tents and teepes are such great toys for natural learning!
I’ve included play tents in my list of the the best learning toys for 3 year olds along with a list of how to help your child’s language development and learning blossom. You can read these tips here.
Binoculars are a great addition to camping trips.
Your child’s imagination can soar talking about all of the things they might see on a camping trip.
Perhaps it’s a bear, or maybe a monkey if he’s camping in the jungle!
These binoculars come in 7 different colors.
They are shockproof and waterproof and actually magnify up to 8x. That means your child would be able to magnify the leaves on a tree 122 feet away!
Melissa & Doug Wooden Sandwich Making Set
Everyone needs to eat when they are camping.
This Melissa & Doug wooden sandwich set should satisfy even the pickiest eaters! And you can also make a hamburger sandwich!
Talk to you child about how to make a sandwich.
What do you need first, next and last?
This is a great way to work on sequencing skills!
You can also introduce new vocabulary to your child.
And as an added bonus your child can work on fine motor skills with this set, including grasping skills.
This is because this sandwich set can be cut!
After a sandwich has been made, cut it up!
The S’more The Merrier Campfire Set
Going camping and not having a campfire takes all of the fun out of camping!
Fred And Ted Go Camping
While this isn’t a camping necessity, books can help pass the time while en route to the campground.
And this is a great way to read about camping to your child if they have never been camping before.
Join Fred and Ted on their camping adventure!
Here are some fun camping toys and activities that you can make yourself! Some of these will make great crafts for older children.
Kids Camping Lantern
Head over to The Crazy Outdoor Mama to learn how to make this quick and easy camping lantern craft.
Construction Paper Campfire and Marshmallow Roast
Instructions for this adorable craft idea can be found at One Time Through
S’mores Craft and Sequencing Activity
All camping trips need some s’mores! Check out this cute craft idea from Pre-K Pages!
As an added bonus there is a s’mores sequencing activity as well.
Now Your Child Is All Set To Go Camping!
These pretend camping toys for kids should inspire you are your little one to take an adventurous camping trip in the comfort of your home or backyard!
These also make great toys to bring along on a real camping trip so your child can participate in everything that is going on!