19 Things Your Kid Can Learn From Backyard Camping

19 Things Your Kid Can Learn From Backyard Camping

Camping in the backyard can be educational as well as fun.

By Betsy Voreacos

It doesn’t take an Eagle Scout to pull off a successful summer backyard camping excursion. All it takes is a little planning, an adventurous spirit, and perhaps a willingness to lose a little sleep for your kids to have an absolute ball. Here are 19 things your kids can learn from sleeping under the stars.

  1. How to pitch a tent.
  2. How to start a campfire (by watching you do it, natch).
  3. How to put out a campfire.
  4. How to fall asleep without the TV.
  5. How to read with by flashlight.
  6. How to toast marshmallows.
  7. How to tell a good ghost story (don’t make it too scary, mom!).

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  1. How to listen to nature.
  2. How to sing under the stars (bring a guitar!).
  3. How to identify constellations.
  4. How to make shadow puppets with a flashlight.
  5. How to catch fireflies.
  6. How to “rough” it.
  7. How to have fun with cards or board games.
  8. How to enjoy s’mores without worrying about the mess.
  9. How to snuggle in a sleeping bag.
  10. How to blow up an air mattress.
  11. How to sleep without air conditioning.
  12. How to forget that the house is just a few steps away.

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Betsy lives with her family a stone’s throw from New York City. An overly involved mother of three children, Betsy has always been acutely aware of her shortcomings as a parent, not to mention those of her children. She documents her life in the brutally honest Old Minivans Die Hard.

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