The kiddos are so excited to go camping this weekend! When you’re setting up the campground, the truth is they can’t help with many things. You’ll have to take care of the leveling and stabilization and getting the awning out properly. And, you’re going to be the one in charge of connecting to water and power. But if you’re kids are eager to feel like they’re adding to the camping experience, and you’re looking for an activity to give the kids that will keep them busy for a while, why don’t you kill two birds with one stone by having them help with cooking!
Making campfire dinners is already fun just because it’s different than eating the typical family meal at home. We’ve put together a list of fun recipes that your kids will have fun helping you make at the campground.
There’s nothing quite like some campfire ‘za! The great thing about campfire pizzas is the diversity. You can whip up regular sized pizzas that will feed the family, or you can have everyone make their own mini pizza, complete with all the toppings you want. Just provide your kids all the desired fixin’s and let them go wild building their perfect pizza pie! And, if you’re looking for a fun campfire twist on a classic pizza, you can also make this recipe in an iron. This method will take a little more supervision to make sure no one burns themselves!
What kid doesn’t love some good old mac and cheese? Forget about the box macaroni. This mac and cheese puts powder cheese to shame with ooey gooey cheesey goodness. And, it’s pretty easy to make, too. You can keep an eye on the boiling noodles, and then turn it over to the kids when it’s ready for all the ingredients to be mixed together. If you don’t trust your kids measuring capabilities, you could pre-grate and measure the cheese and other ingreidients so all they have to do is stir it together!
What better snack to munch on in the great outdoors than some trail mix? Of course, you can buy pre-made trail mix from the store. But, creating a trail mix bar makes mixing up some trail mix a fun activity! Not to mention, you won’t eat around anything in the mix because you can fill up a bag of only stuff you like. (Which for some means a big bag of M&Ms. To each his own!)
To make your very own trail mix bar, buy different varieties of nuts, seeds, and dried berries. Of course, you can get some sweet things too like chocolate or peanut butter candy pieces! Then, encourage your campers to decorate a brown paper bag with their name and whatever else they want on their very own trail mix. Put all of your ingredients out and let them scoop the different varieties into their bag, and vwella! You’ve got custom trail mix to munch on for a healthy snack.
What’s a camping trip without some kabobs? Instead of grillable kabobs, fruit kabobs are a fun snack to make, and even more fun to eat. By giving the kids some skewer sticks and letting them decide what kind of fruit they’d like, you can provide a healthy food on a stick! For this one, all you have to do is slice up your preference of fruit and have it ready for the kids to place on a stick. Grapes, strawberries, pineapple and apples work great! You can always get fancy with this recipe and use a fruit dip as a drizzle!
Finally time to satisfy that sweet tooth! When you’re looking to switch things up from the classic s’more, a tasty waffle might just hit the spot. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s customizable, so the kids will have a great time coming up with their waffle concoction. All you need is some foil, waffles, and whatever sounds delicious heated up inside the waffle. The recipe we linked to recommends marshmallows and chocolate in between a crispy warm waffle sandwich. If you’re looking for a twist, we’ve heard this recipe is pretty good with nutella and bananas!
For this recipe, you’ll need a couple tin cans and some chex cereal as your base, then throw whatever goodies you want in, and mix it together! This recipe offers a twist on puppy chow where they put in peanut butter, chocolate chips and sliced apple pieces. If that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth you can always add more ingredients like marshmallows, caramel and even cookie pieces. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
Hit up the grocery store, and load up the rig with all the ingredients you need to fill your kid-camper’s tummies and time with these fun treats. And, please, if you have any more ideas that have worked well for you and your family, share them below!