Back garden camping offers the best of both worlds – you can enjoy a night out under the stars without having to pack up the car. Plus, you can choose your weather and have access to creature comforts. Camping isn’t only about sleeping in a tent, it’s also about all the fun activities. Try our best camping toys for kids to help you turn your back garden sleepout into an outdoor family adventure.
Best camping toys for kids
Every camper needs a lamp and torch and Primary Science Solar Lantern is ideal for children aged three and up. Leave it in bright sunlight or under a light bulb to charge and enjoy up to 15 hours of light (every hour of charging supplies 30 minutes of light). Press the chunky orange button to turn it on or off. Use it to light up the tent or for campout story time.
The Pretend & Play Camp Set comes with all a preschooler needs for a pretend camping adventure. The nine-piece set includes a battery-powered lantern, canteen, stove and pan, snack box, space, watch and compass for survival in the pretend wilderness.
Create your own planetarium
Stargazing is the perfect camping activity and you can turn your camp site into a personal planetarium. To get started, read our beginner’s guide to stargazing and invest in outdoor exploration toys to inspire your young astronomer. You’ll need:
A telescope: For young children, try our GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope which offers 10x magnification. It’s focus-free and features a comfy dual eyepiece so children don’t have to close one eye. It come with a portable stand that can be set up on a table or the ground.
Suitable for children aged eight and up GeoSafari® Vega 360 Telescope is a real working telescope that delivers clear, up close images at magnifications of 20x, 40x and 80x. It’s lightweight and portable and comes with a tabletop tripod and easy-to-use mount.
Projector: Beam a light show on the inside of the tent with Primary Science Shining Stars Projector. It beams images of space onto any surface and come with three projector discs featuring close-up views of stars and planets. It’s battery-operated and features an auto shut-off function.
Turn your home camp site into a mini safari adventure with Primary Science Headlamp Projector. It’s a child-friendly headlight and projector in one that beams images of wildlife onto any surface. The headlamp comes with two slides featuring pictures of a snake, toucan, gecko, leopard, zebra and more. The headlamp projects light over three meters, so it’s an ideal way to light up night-time adventures.
The GeoSafari Jr. Sneak & Peek Periscope is perfect for watching nature from a sneaky hideout! Kids can peek over a rock or under a tree, undetected. Flip on the LED light and watch nocturnal animals in the dark. The chunky handles and dual eye piece make it easy for children aged four and up to use.
Looking for more fun outdoor play toy ideas to keep your child busy and learning? Browse our range today.