51 Funnest Camping Crafts for Kids of All Ages!

Updated 1/12/2024 by Stacy Bressler

Camping crafts are a great way to have fun with the kids, break up winter, celebrate with at a camp themed party or preschool week, or even while you’re camping to have a fun memory!

I compiled a giant list of all the fun camping crafts I could find – there’s something for kids of all ages! Little campers will enjoy the sensory based things especially (pine cones and mud… yes please!) and older kids will love the creative ones!

P.S. I REALLY hate big lists with no pictures, so I’ve made numbered collage posts for each camp craft category so that if you’re interested, you can match up the picture and the craft (and follow the included link to do it yourself!)

53 Camping Crafts for preschoolers to even older kids to do this summer that are fun and easy! Have a great family camp trip or camp themed party with these camping crafts!

S’more Camping Crafts for Kids

Possibly every kids favorite part of camping (unless they are a fire bug like my preschooler!), s’mores are a traditional camping must!

Here are some awesome s’more themed crafts to do on your next camping trip!

fun smore camp crafts for kids plus more

S’more Necklace

This fun s’more necklace (as well as other camping necklaces!) is easy to make with some clay and paint! Kids will love making their very own s’more to remember that awesome summer camp!

S’more BINGO

Whether you’re having a camping party or just want something extra fun to do at camp, here are these cute printable s’more bingo cards! S’mores… with cute EMOJI FACES! 

printable smore bingo

“Roll a S’more” Game

Kids take turns rolling the dice and trying to collect each of the six pieces they need to build a complete s’more. A fun printable s’more themed game that’s easy enough even for pre reading kids to play!

roll a a smore game printable

Make a shelter for a Peep Marshmallow

While not available all year, I especially LOVE camping around Easter because Peeps become available to enjoy! In this activity, kids can gather items in nature to make a “home” for their peep marshmallow!

printable easter peep activity for kids with nature non religious

Campfire Crafts for Kids!

Yet another must for camping, campfires are so fun to recreate! Though they might not be quite as warm, these diy ideas for camp fire pits

10 fun campfire crafts for kids and 41 more camping crafts for kids

Recycled Glowing Camp fire!

Don’t throw out that next plastic container – instead, reuse it and make an awesome glowing campfire craft! It’s easy to paint, and it feels good getting a second use out of something!

Handprint Camp Fire Craft

What better way to remember that first camp trip, or even a fun camp themed party than with a cute campfire hand print?? It comes with a cute printable template so that you can frame it when you get home!

Construction Paper and Cup Camp Fire craft

I love this fun craft if you’re trying to avoid paint use (see it here!) and it helps kids with their fine motor skills! Also… it’s real looking and cute!

campfire craft idea with ripped paper and light

Camp fire Crown!

This fun idea is perfect for camping games with kids, IE who can get campfire stuff together fastest, makes the best s’more etc… what kid wouldn’t love a flame crown??

campfire crown printable

Toilet Paper Tube Campfire

Some paint can do magic when it comes to crafting, and in this case turning something some basic craft supplies (like a toilet paper roll and paper plate) into something awesome – a campfire! See it here!

cardboard tube campfire

Campfire Safety Craft (that you can eat!)

It’s so so important to learn about campfire safety, and since kids learn best through play, why not add a little more inspiration with yummy treats to really get them excited to learn about campfire safety! This little campfire project uses food to understand safety… and it’s never looked so delicious!

campfire made from food activity for kids

“Starry Night Campfire” Paper Craft

Capture the cool texture of flames and the feeling of being around a campfire on a starry night with this creative paper craft campfire! This craft is so much fun for younger children especially – how often are kids *allowed* to rip up paper?!

starry night campfire craft

Cupcake Liner Campfire

Though one of the more simple camping crafts on the list, I had to include it because kids genuinely enjoy it! All you need is some construction paper, colorful paper for the background and some glue to make your own.

Tent Crafts

Tents have always created getaways for kids and adults alike! Check out these tent crafts that are almost as fun as camping at a real camp site!

10 fun camping tent crafts for preschoolers and kids

10 Count Fold Out Tent Craft

Perfect for campers who are learning to count, this fold out tent craft for kids is super fun to make and is perfect for the camping themed classroom!

10 count tent craft for kids

Footprint “Happy Camper” tent craft

Do you love camping, and are eager for your baby to love it just as much? Well why not start with this cute tent footprint craft to remember how small their feet were when you took your first family camping trip!

happy camper footprint craft

Origami tent (for older kids or heck… adults!)

This thing looks real, and I honestly would make it just for myself as decor I think! Check out this origami camp tent – it even includes a video for those like me who struggle with making this kind of stuff!

Camp Story Sticks (Perfect for pretend play!)

Make camp story time even more fun by using these representative camp popsicle stick crafts from pipe cleaners! Similar to camping story stones, kids can use them to tell their own stories about the great outdoors or an upcoming camping trip.

camp story sticks craft camp week

Camping Lantern Crafts

Even though we tend to use plastic lanterns now a days (or let’s get real.. phone flashlights!) there is something magical about an old school camping lantern! Here are some of my favorite camping crafts with a lantern theme!

10 fun camping lantern crafts for kids and 41 more camp crafts for preschoolers

Glowing water bottle lantern craft

This “coleman” style camping lantern craft recycles a plastic bottle and uses some construction paper to make this cute lantern the kids can carry!

“Rip and Stick” tissue paper lantern (with bears!)

A little modge podge and tissue paper can create something pretty magical! Check out this fun sensory based camping lantern craft that the kids can modify with their favorite animal!

kids camping lantern craft with modge podge and tissue paper

Peanut butter jar lantern

Peanut butter jars are the perfect shape to make a lantern, especially with the lid color and texture of it! This diy idea is so much fun!

Plastic cup tissue paper lantern

These are easy camping lanterns to make for even preschoolers! Just a plastic cup, tissue paper, and a handle will be fun to decorate! See it here!

Outdoor Nature Crafts

Now that we’ve gone over all the camp inspired crafts for kids, lets take a look at some fun ideas you can do while actually camping with natural materials.

A lot of these activities will be for young kids, however it’s pretty surprising how much big kids still enjoy camp activities!

fun crafts to do while camping with kids outdoors craft for summer camp

Camping scavenger Hunts

A camping scavenger hunt is a great opportunity to spend time exploring with the entire family! From common things like a sleeping bag to more difficult ones like a nest, they’ll have fun looking in the great outdoors to find it all.

Play Camping BINGO!

These camping BINGO cards are handy to have because they can either be used as normal, or turned into a scavenger hunt as well since these are all items that can be found at a camp site!

Whip Up “Sensory Soup”

It’s no secret that kids love playing in water, and with a fun “recipe” factor, sensory camp soup becomes a hit! There are 4 printable recipe cards that can encourage your little camp cook to forage in Mother Nature and create!

Make a Campsite Sign

Let your kids mark each new campsite as theirs (and keep them occupied while you set up camp!) with a DIY campsite sign!

Design an Owl

This bark owl craft is a great idea for a fun yet simple nature based craft. Simply gather eyes, a nose and a body (the bark) and you have a little nature owl cutie.

Build With Play-Doh + Nature

Whoever said playdoh is just for fun at home?? It is actually a great medium for building houses, animals and fun murals! We love bringing some playdoh to camp, setting it on the picnic table, and letting the kids have at it!

Clean the Rocks

Little campers will have so much fun collecting and cleaning their rocks from around the camp site! This is also a great time to have some paint so the kids can make their own pet rocks while their at it!

Create a Hiking Stick!

If you plan on doing any exploring around camp, kids will love the opportunity to really customize their own walking stick! This makes an especially fun summer camp craft as it can be taken home as a memory.

easy camp crafts to do with kids preschoolers and toddlers outside in nature

Make Pet Rocks!

Rocks were actually sold in “rock pet sets” in stores for a reason… putting some paint and googly eyes is really fun! Bring it back to the basics with this fun rock pets like these while at camp!

Create Leaf People

There are so many kinds of leaves, so it’s really fun to take advantage of all those shapes and textures and make leaf people! For younger kids, make the outline of a person and ask them to fill it in with leaves!

Build a Boat!

Have some fun binding sticks together to make a little boat! Kids will love experimenting to find the best design (like this one!)

Building a boat is also a fun thing to do during a rainy day at camp!

Make a Nature Frame

These are a perfect way to use all those “nature treasures” your kids get in a fun way – they can look for specific things they want for their frame, find them in nature, and lay them out just how they want! 

Build a Nest

Kids already love acting like animals, so why not capitalize on that with something even funner… getting to forage and build a nest like one! The included printable scavenger hunt is even cuter!

nest craft and printable for spring with kids

Printable Camping Crafts

Here are some fun ideas you can print – different units of study/crafts that focus on the outdoors, camping or nature theme units and more. Also some fun camp themed games!

Kids Camp Mini Journal

This pocket sized printable camp journal is perfect for a quick weekend trip or a backyard camp out! With a few fun prompts, it will inspire creativity and story telling in your kiddo.

Printable Set of 27 Camp Charades

I’m always on the lookout for an easy game that’s also super minimal… so we bring charades! This is a camp specific set of charades that includes 27 different prompts. None are too hard, but they’re super fun to act out!

how to play camp charades at camp

Week Long “Summer Camp” Printable for Kids

If you’re needing some structure during summer I’ve created a fun 5 day summer camp activity sheets pack (badges included!) that will teach your kids some camping safety and how tos through activities and play! Each day of the week will have a theme and multiple options to participate in it including crafts, worksheets, or actually doing the real thing!

Camping Scavenger Hunts (for all ages!)

Crafting is fun, but so is exploring at camp! Send the kiddos off to complete these printable camp scavenger hunts while you enjoy some down time or just try to set up camp. There’s a variety of them, so you’ll find something for all ages (ABC, experiences, picture based and more!)

printable camping craft scavenger hunt set for kids

Leave No Trace Study Unit

A perfect time to learn about preserving the outdoors is when you’re outdoors! So check out this printable LNT activity set that will help your kids learn all about it!