Turn a room into a camping ground for a fun camping pretend play activity!
During the Winter we don’t use my son’s room for sleeping because it is a very cold room and we all hibernate in one room(which makes getting up on the cold nights easier). So, we turned his room into a camping ground and the unused bunk bed became a tent!
I used a large curtain to cover up the front and another duvet cover to cover up the side. There is no official “door” so they have to crawl in from underneath: great proprioception activity. On the inside: a big sleeping bag was stretched out(or they can zip it up to “sleep” inside together with another duvet and some pillows. A little night lamp, some toys and books were added too. The photo below was a bit later in the day hence the darkness.
It is nice and cosy inside, and makes a great hide-away spot(you will find me there later, lol!). Perfect spot for self-regulation too;)
Then, I just placed the camping chairs “outside” together with some plastic utensils. A wooden bath “rug” turned into a fire pit(we call it a braai here in South Africa and the kids are all familiar with it)with some red cloth underneath. A real griddle makes for the perfect pretend play tool.
A very simple setup for camping pretend play and the kids can add to it however they want. I’ve heard some play lingo about going on a hunt and bringing back the buck(deer) to braai(roast over the fire pit). These are typical things my kids know about and experience some time in their lives. I am sure kids from elsewhere will have a different way of playing camp, but also fun!