15 Cool Camping Gifts For Kids

Camping Gifts for Outdoorsy Kids

With many people opting for staycations and roadtrips this year, camping gifts for kids will be a big hit, all year round. Outdoorsy kids will love these thoughtful and fun gifts, so read our ultimate list of camping gifts for kids.

Hopefully these ideas will inspire families to spend more time outdoors together, whether it’s exploring a national park down the road, or camping in your own backyard.

Here are the 15 most fun, awesome camping gift ideas for kids, they will actually use, and love:

  1. Kid-Size camp chair
  2. Sleeping bag
  3. Waterbottle
  4. Hiking Backpack
  5. Camping Pad
  6. Hammock
  7. Kids Binoculars
  8. GoPro
  9. Kids Camping Gift Basket Ideas
  10. Walkie Talkies
  11. Scavenger Hunt
  12. Family Games
  13. Craft / STEAM Subscription Boxes
  14. Camping Lego Sets
  15. Camping Playsets

Read on for more exciting details and suggestions.

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Camping Gifts For Kids (They Will Actually Use)

Our goal was to not only find fun items that are useful, but ones that are multipurpose and can be used at home, at a cabin or at your favourite camping site.

Our children love the chance to play in the dirt, collect nature treasures and roast marshmallows over a fire. Best of all we have the opportunity to spend intentional time together as a family. Encouraging the love and care of the outdoors and the earth is something that is important to us.

Camping Gifts for Outdoorsy Kids

1. Kid Size Camp Chair

Camp chairs are a hit with kids of all ages. Choose a small lightweight one that is easy for them to carry around.

For the younger crowd choose a character theme or cute animal chair like the Melissa and Doug Butterfly Chair, and you will be their favourite adult.

Kids can use these around the fire pit while camping at a park like Acadia National Park, or it can double as their favourite marshmallow roasting chair at home too. Choose a style and colour that suits your child.

Camping with kids can be fun.

Girl roasting marshmallows over fire. Sitting in kid-sized quad chair.
Roasting marshmallows, a time honoured camping tradition with kids.

My daughter and I do a mother-daughter camping trip each year, and her camp chair is well loved and used. We just got ours at our local Canadian Tire. Check out your local camping store.

Miss Seven has a pink canopied camp chair that she has loved for the past few years. It has also doubled as a fort, a towel drying rack, and a place for her stuffies to hang out at camp.

2. Sleeping bag

Buying a light weigh, insulated kid sized sleeping bag will bring excitement and anticipation for the next camping trip.

They don’t need to be super expensive, unless you need to buy a technical one for backpacking, or winter camping family type adventures.

Kid size is the best! My daughter was so excited to get her first themed sleeping bag she slept in it on her bed for weeks.

They are also great for sleepovers with friends, as a nest inside forts, or sleeping bag stair races. Who did this as a kid?

3. Waterbottle

Keeping hydrated in the outdoors is important. Consider a waterbottle that is insulated and leak resistant like the Yeti Rambler Jr with straw cap, or one that is lightweight, with an easy to use sport top like Kleen Kanteen.

Nothing worse than leaking water in your backpack. Well ok maybe a dirty diaper blow out leak ( been there) or a smushed banana (done that) is worse. Parents unite!

4. Hiking backpack

Hiking and camping go together like peanut butter and jelly. A backpack is the perfect gift for outdoorsy child.

We prefer backpacks that are well made, last for at least a few years and can be passed on to younger siblings, or friends with younger kids.

This one we are eyeing for our daughter for her birthday.

Bonus they can carry their own water bottles, snacks and the many inevitable treasures they pick up along the way.

Looking for new adventures?

Mother and daughter hiking in pine forest.
Hiking with kids is much easier when they carry their own backpack!

5. Camping Pad

Camping in comfort begins with a self inflatable camping pad. Comfortable kids = less complaining!

When my daughter was a toddler, she always fought me for my pink thermarest, left over from my treeplanting days. Nowadays, we all fight over my partners deluxe coleman camping pad. I think we need to add this to our gift list!

A perfect gift idea for campers and outdoorsy kids.

6. Hammock

Kids love a good hammock hangout, and this is a great gift for both younger kids and teens.

This hammock is very well rated, lightweight and folds up into a small grapefruit sized pouch. Easy to take anywhere. A fun addition for your next camping trip.

Preteens and teens can swing or read a book in it for hours (getting the space they need), and younger kids can swing wildly pretending they are in a boat, space ship, coccoon. It can also be used as a cool outdoor sleeping experience.

You might need to get two, as you’ll have all your family members fighting over who gets to try out the hammock next.

7. Kids Binoculars

The Educational Insights Kidnoculars (below) were a favourite grandparent gift of my daughters for many years. Fun for bird and squirrel watching, and checking out “things over there.”

These binoculars have a big eyepiece that doesn’t need to be adjusted, so easy to use, perfect for little hands, and are difficult to break.

If you are looking for a gift for an older outdoorsy kid try these highly rated, compact and lightweight binoculars suitable for kids and adults.

8. Go Pro

In this digital age, it is easy to see why a Go Pro would make a wonderful family gift. Capturing all the outdoorsy moments, will make great memory keepers for the future.

Wow your kids with a special gift.

Consider one of the more affordable and highly rated Go Pro options for kids and adults. It has a user friendly touch screen, is waterproof, and with fairly rugged construction, great for kids.

If you aren’t sold on the price tag of a Go Pro, try one of our more budget friendly, and highly rated options:

Kids Camping Toys and Games

9. Kids Camping Gift Basket

A gift basket full of entertaining things for your favourite kid(s) camping trip would be well received by both parents and children. Fill it with books, small family friendly games or toys, art supplies and snacks.

Entertain them on the road and at the campsite with a ready made kids camping gift basket.

Camping Gift Basket Ideas For Outdoorsy Kids

Get creative and fill the basket with camping themed items, art supplies, and snacks. Here are some fun ideas I put together.

Art & Craft Supplies

  • Mess free colouring
  • Pencil crayons & sketchbook
  • Crayons – For a melted crayon Wishing Stones craft
  • Stickers
  • Beads & String or a Bead Kit

Camping Themed Book Ideas

Camping books, will get your kids excited for the big event. As a book lover, I encourage you to support your local bookstore if you can, they are such great places and deserve support.

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When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of one family’s camping trip.

For the littlest ones on your crew, Goodnight Campsite follows visitors as they explore the nature park where they are staying during the day (hiking, biking, fishing) and then their campsite at night. This book highlights RVs, so a fun option if you are an RV family.

We also love her Tent Mouse, RV Mouse, a modern twist on the old Aesop’s fable The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. One mouse loves being outdoors in his tent close to nature, the other prefers the safety of the RV. Both learn it’s ok to like different things and spend time camping.

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Get your Princesses and Super Heros ready for a camping trip to a National Park.

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This is a fun series which also includes favourites like

They also come in board books for the toddlers as well.

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The Ultimate Book of Scavenger Hunts will keep the youngsters busy. Naturally they will want to check off all the items on the list during their outdoor adventures.

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Backpack Explorer – On The Trail What Will You Find is a field guide for ages 4 to 9, full of seek-and-find lists, on-the-trail art projects, and discovery games. A delightful interactive book for kids.

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Camping Spree With Mr. McGee by Chris VanDusen is a funny tale about the camping misadventures of Mr. Magee and his dog Dee. Perfect for a bed time read, snuggled up in a sleeping bag.

Blackflies

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Is a camping trip really a camping trip, without a few bugs? Blackflies by Robert Munsch is a charming story about a girl who needs to rescue her dad and sister as they were carried away by bugs. Sure to get a few laughs.

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The Book Scavenger series by Jennifer Chambliss Berman is one of our family’s read-aloud favourites. Set in San Fransisco it combines mystery with a book scavenger hunt and ciphers to decode.

Some other entertaining book ideas:

  • Curious George Goes Camping – by Margaret & H.A. Rey
  • Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping – by Peggy Parish

Kids Tablet

A Kids Tablet is a fun alternative to physical books if you are looking to save space and weight. Bring music, games, books, audible books, and educational content along in one (almost) indestructible device.

Camping Snack Ideas

Girl eating S'Mores while camping.
What is a camping trip without S’mores?

Small Toys and Games

  • Glow in the Dark Bubbles
  • Flashlight ( for flashlight tag)
  • DIY Outdoor Scavenger Hunts
  • Uno, Qwirkle, Sushi Go, Quiddler, Sequence

A Unisex Beanie Hat with a rechargeable LED headlamp built in, is a great gift any kid can take camping, hiking, exploring. Hands free fun.

For Teens

Check out our camping themed favourite list from Etsy, for your hard to buy for preteens and teens.

10. Walkie Talkies – Gift Idea For the Adventurer Kid

Let your kids feel some independence and live their best kid adventure life with some Walkie Talkies. Bonus for the parents, they come with rechargeable batteries.

Walkie Talkies were our absolute favourite as a kid. Running around pretending we were spies on secret missions. Also good to keep in touch as they wander further away.

11. Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts are a great way to put a little outdoor adventure in your day.

Create your own, or try out Go Find It a nature scavenger card game for families or this travel friendly indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt card game.

12. Plan Your Own Family Games

Games don’t require a lot of expense, or pre bought items. Most of my child’s favs are the same ones I loved as a kid, that required nothing but time, running around or a little imagination.

Make up a handful of cue cards with fun kids games. Write the name of the game on one side, and a brief how to on the other. Put the game cards in a fun bag, they can draw out one at a time.

  • Freeze Tag
  • I Spy
  • Charades
  • Hide and Seek
  • Obstacle Course
  • Telephone
  • Name that Tune (humming, no words)
  • Potato Sack races using Sleeping Bags
Camping with kids is an adventure!

Portable Games for Camping

Relive your childhood, by bringing some fun, portable, camping games on your next family trip.

Corn Hole Toss

Bocce Ball

Glow in The Dark Lawn Darts

Camping Craft Ideas

13. Craft and STEM Subscription Boxes

Craft or STEM (or STEAM) Subscription boxes are the perfect thing to bring along on a trip. They come in a small self-contained box, with usually everything you need to complete the main crafts or stem experience. Sometimes you may need the odd item or two from home so check first.

S = Science

T =Technology

E = Engineering

A = Art

M = Math

STEAM Subscription boxes are also great as an educational tool for world schoolers and homeschoolers.

My daughter has loved these since she was 3. While the ages are typically older than that we had a lot of fun doing them together.

KiwiCo Boxes

We have been enjoying the KiwiCo Boxes over the last year. There are plenty of fun options to choose from for all ages.

The Atlas Crate is a fun way to explore countries around the globe from home. There are 2 STEAM activities, plus a booklet full of interesting facts about the country, including a recipe to try, which my daughter also loves.

We’ve also created with the Kiwi Box and Tinker Crate. Both are great options.

Kids camping gift. Girl smiling holding atlas craft crate.
Always exciting to get the Atlas Crate in the mail
Want to buy a box for your family or as a gift?

Green Kid Crafts

Our number one choice for an eco-friendly box is the Green Kid Crafts box.

The Green Kids Crafts Boxes are perfect for busy families, and a reoccuring subscription makes for a fantastic special occasion gift from grandparents or other family members.

We have bought this subscription regularly over the years, and as they have options for ages 2-10, it has grown with our child. The boxes have easy to follow instructions, fun science and art activities for the kids (that I enjoy too), eco friendly materials and it’s all prepared for you. So easy!

Some box examples include the above Holidays Around The World, Reptiles, Endangered Animals, Human Body Lab, and Down on the Farm.

Give the gift of at-home hands-on learning with Green Kids Craft.

Kids Camping Toys – At Home

14. Lego

Lego inspires creations of all sorts. Get your child excited to camp first at home, then bring the set along on your adventure for a rainy day.

Lego Caravan Holiday Set – 3 in 1

I would’ve loved this Caravan set as a kid, so adorable. Build a car with caravan, then switch it up for a camper van, or a lighthouse. Plenty of opportunities for creative camping adventures.

Lego Friends Nature Glamping

Who says you can’t camp in style. Cycle, stargaze, take a nap in the decked out tent all under the twinkling stars (or string of lights).

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LEGO Friends Adventure Camp Rafting

Raft and camp in style with a sweet friends Adventure Camp set. Start with a river bridge and a camping area (includes a lamp, a fish, a campfire, marshmallows, compass, camera and sunglasses). Jump in the rafting boat with seats and oars, or head up the climbing wall for more outdoorsy fun.

15. Toy Camping Sets

Get your wee one’s into the camping spirit with some crafty kids camping toys to spark imaginative play.

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  • A kids campfire camping playset has all the essentials for a camp cookout: flaming logs, glow-in-the-dark lantern, fork, hot dog, marshmallow, chocolate bar, 2 graham crackers, and a carry bag.

Camping Gifts For Kids

Camping gifts for kids are a fun way to bring a love of the outdoors into their life.

Tips for giving the perfect gift: Consider who you are buying for, and their ages. Ask what they enjoy about camping. If you have a reluctant camper, try buying something that may excite them to go camping.

What are some of the favourite camping / outdoor gifts you’ve given or received? Help us make this list better. Leave a comment below or connect with us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!


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24 thoughts on “15 Cool Camping Gifts For Kids”

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  2. The Go-Pro is the one thing that we haven’t caved and purchased, but I’m thinking that it is something we will have to just get. There have been so many adventures that we’ve had that would have been perfectly captured with one.

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  11. This is a really great list. Our family has never been camping. This makes me want to change that. I love the camping chair and the binoculars – both things you could buy for your kids at home to encourage them to go outside and be in nature.

  12. Great suggestions! I’m not new to camping but I’ve never been camping with kids before. We hope to make time to go next summer (with a one year old and four year old) so I appreciate these recommendations on camping gifts for kids!

  13. I love your article and hope getting more! My kids grew (19,11years old) now have 7months baby and we started camping last year. I had no clue how to make it more exciting and interesting for 10years old now baby as well. I will be following your articles as want to be organised and ready for our next adventure and you proposed great ideas.
    Thanks
    Cathy

  14. I really love your website. You always write such great articles and this one is my favorite so far. We just did our first camping trip with our two toddlers and plan to do more. This list is a great place for us to start. Thanks for sharing.

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