For your next family camping holiday, consider leaving a bunch of those toys behind to make room for everyday items you have around the house that will keep your wee campers happy.
Build a Hanging Swing
Bring a rod, some rope and hope for the perfect, strong, overhanging tree for hours of good, old-fashioned dangling time.
Make a Simple Pulley System
Bring plenty of rope, a bucket and a pulley. String the rope between two trees and meditate while you watch that bucket go back and forth transporting various found treasures.
Build a Fort
Bring rope, a tarp and/or blankets and plenty of clothes pins. Kids love to have their own space and this will help keep their dirty, daytime-selves out of the tent.
Make Your Own Toys
Bring a hammer, nails, a small saw, wood glue, a kid's imagination and parental guidance. On our last trip, this car quickly became a pet dog when one little camper added googly-eyes.
Make Your Own Costumes
Bring plenty of newspaper, scissors and different colored masking tape. A skirt, a vest, a crazy hat? Break up into teams and see what creativity follows. You can always start fires with outfits later.
(Images: Jackie Boucher)