4-year-old and camping

Discussion in 'Camping with Kids/Pets' started by LouisianaOrths, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. LouisianaOrths

    LouisianaOrths New Member

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    <font face='Script MT Bold'>My question: Is there something that your child can't live without when camping?</font id='Script MT Bold'>

    We are taking our 4-year-old camping for the first time this weekend. Hubby and I went camping last weekend and had a blast ... but found that there were a few times that we were restless.

    What do you suggest for a 4-year-old?

    We are staying at a site with a beach-front.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_sun.gif border=0 align=middle>
    There is a really nice playground near our slot.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>
    He has picked out some cars to roll in the dirt around the slot.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle>
    He is allowed to bring one movie to watch for bed.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_sleepy.gif border=0 align=middle>

    Can you think of something your child could not have lived without?


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    Edited by - LouisianaOrths on June 06 2007 15:58:28
  2. achurch2k

    achurch2k New Member

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    I have an engineer in training. He can hardly leave the house without a box of Legos. My son will be five in a few weeks and will play intently hours-on-end with those toys. Okay, okay, I love 'em too.


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  3. Grizzlytaco

    Grizzlytaco New Member

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    My 2 little girls have a sleeping buddy they cant sleep without. My oldest has a Mickey Mouse sleeping buddy and my little one has a First Starts daytime/nighttime buddy she calls Mr. Noodle, if we forget these its all over. When we are going to go camping i take them both first thing in the morning and place them in the TV in the drivers seat so i wont forget them. And if we leave camp they go in the TV for safe keeping....

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  4. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    I learned a valuable lesson on Memorial Day weekend:

    Don't leave the kids inside the camper unattended!

    I was raining like crazy, so we put the kids inside the camper and put on a movie. I go inside and see my 5yo son doing swan dives off the bunk onto the table (which had been set up as a bed). He ripped the J channel out and destroyed the bottom of the fiberboard. I am currently building a new table.


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  5. johnandangela

    johnandangela New Member

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    We have a box of legos that the boys only get to play with when we are camping, and only then when it is raining or dark out. During the day, they are walking trails (they call it hiking!<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>), looking for bugs, riding bikes, or any other number of things we don't do much at home. The trick about the toys is that there are some items in the camper that NEVER leave the camper. That way, the boys are not bored with them and the toys keep their interest better. Camping is a time that I try to concentrate on spending time DOING things with the boys, rather than just being with them. I am so tired after working with preschoolers all day that we rarely "play" at home. When we camp, it is all about "playing" with my own children instead of someone elses.

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  6. haroldpe

    haroldpe Campin' Engineer

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    we have kept a sterlite box for our 5 yo DD's toys - they stay in the camper - coloring books, markers, crayons, matchbox cars, dolls, whistle, top, beach toys, frisbee, checkers, also have 2 kinda helicoptor spinner toy, blow up ball, mini badmitten.

    all that fits in a small space and resides in the camper. no DVD's ever brought, but we do keep a tele in the camper.

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  7. Shannon

    Shannon New Member

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    We always had a box of toys that were JUST for camping. Had fun stuff like blocks, legos, colors, etc. Trick was always to get out just a few new things at a time.

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