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Message posted by cdsmiler on 25/4/2014 at 1:29pm
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I love this thread. I have one 4 year old and she adored passing and hammering in the tent pegs this time around! She's been well trained with crocs - no shoes in the tent. One thing that helps with this is foot friendly foam times just outside the door so she can take off and put on her crocs easily outside the tent without cold or muddy feet....
Treasure hunts are great - I say this because we just did an easter egg hunt this past weekend and we ended up having to do it 3 times because she enjoyed it SO much (plastic little eggs with prizes at the end - the first time around anyway!)
Lots of blankets, and if the night gets really cold, a hat they could wear in bed.
One thing we didn't really consider was that we got her a lovely child size tiger designed camping chair! She loves it! Trouble is, she can't sit in it by a table!! Far too short.... Doh!
She loves a campfire - don't be scared of having a fire with little ones. Obviously judge it on the children themselves but we're very lucky and she's always been quite sensible, and has been around campfires when camping since she was 2 1/2! Not for everyone, but she's great with it.
She also loves it if we're anywhere with animals! We had a few cheeky chickens and cats at the last place we were in, and, with the farmer's permission, she became the cat/chicken chaser!
Oh, and bless her heart, she ASKED to go to bed!!! Lol it was early too, not even dark, but she was a little under the weather too (just a cold) so she must have had enough! lol
April 14 - Mid Wales Bunkhouse, Rhayader
July 14 - Hillfort Tipis, Goodwick
August 14 - Ton Uchaf Farm, Abergavenny
August 14 - Private location
July 13 - Roebeck Campsite, IOW
June 13 - Cwmnanthir Campsite, Brecon Beacons
Message posted by titianmode1 on 25/4/2014 at 11:31pm
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We had out first camps when my youngest was 3, and what helped was lots of snacks, fruit, as they run around & don't want to sit down for a meal!
They love helping wash up pots etc, wish they did at home!
And don't forget big marshmallows and kebab sticks, to roast after your BBQ, always a big hit.
I also give my kids those snap glow sticks each, so I can see them, when dusk starts. And I make sure we go and have a wash and teeth brush last thing before turning in, so they get the message that it's bedtime now.
Oh & my little one doesn't like showers at the best of times, so if it's just a weekend trip, I make do with hot water in a washing up bowl, and a good flannel wash down does the business. Like someone else says, just lower your standards, and expectations and enjoy the experience!! They are only young for so long, and have great memories.
My children slept through a force 8 Gale during Jubilee Weekend on the Cornwall Coast, so the fresh air does tire them! Hubby and I stayed awake all night, hoping tent wouldn't blow away!