Make a Miniature Campsite

Choose a campsite and pitch a tent for your favourite teddy, doll or lego figure


If you are bringing your teddy or doll to camp, then maybe they should have their own tent or den to sleep in? Or if you want to go tiny, why not make a miniature campsite for a lego figure or peg doll?

Choosing Your Campsite

One of the most important things when camping is where your campsite is and what it’s like. This is as much the case in miniature. Some things you might want to consider are:

  1. Would you like an indoor or outdoor campsite? Think about the benefits and difficulties of each.  Maybe scout out some different options and see which feels best.
  2. Consider how sheltered your spot is – high winds can be a real pain in the middle of the night!
  3. Find somewhere with a flat surface, no-one wants to wake up having slid across the tent in their sleep, or with all the blood rushing to their head from being upside down.
  4. Consider how noisy the area is – if your miniature campsite is right next to the TV your camper might not be able to sleep.

Setting Up Camp

Now to create a den or tent for your chosen camper, this can be made of anything you find lying around your home, and can be as complicated or as simple as you like. Here are some ideas and considerations to think about:

  1. You will need a frame of some kind to make the structure of your tent/den and ensure your camper can fit inside. What do you have that could make this? Some string or wool tied to other things can work, or hard things like sticks, pencils, a broom, a frying pan…
  2. You could use fabric to cover your tent/den, or a piece of paper or card. How could you decorate it to make it really personalised?
  3. Do you want to make your tent/den from natural materials? You could collect sticks and then use leaves to make a roof
  4. If your campsite is outdoors you might want to think about finding some waterproof materials for your tent/den
  5. Do you want to provide any other amenities for your camper? A second larger tent for cooking and eating in? A wash tent for brushing teeth and having a bath? A games area for playing? What else might you want on your campsite?

Take it further

If you’ve had a good time with your tiny campsite, why not scale up to full size and camp out while staying in.

Big Camp In Activity

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