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Here in the northeast, this spring’s weather has been crazy! We’ve had 90 degree days, followed by freezing cold days, beautiful sunny days and stretches of rainy days. No matter what kind of weather we have, one thing that remains the same is that my kids want to be outdoors. They love spending time outside! So, despite a rainy stretch we decided to let them do a little backyard camping.
Parents, it’s a great activity when you have nothing planned and you’re hearing “I’m bored….” It gets the kids outside and reminds me of the kind of fun I had when I was younger, before all the screens.
From the setup to the snack-making, this is an activity that keeps the kids busy and having fun. Your kids might, but mine never make it sleeping outside all night. Part of the fun is staying up extra late, being outside in the dark with just your lanterns, in a tent and having fun snacks.
Since it was so rainy (going on day 3 now!) we set up our camping under the overhang in our backyard to keep us dry. Normally, I’d let them pick a great spot by the trees in the backyard to get that full camping experience!
Either way, when it got dark, they used their lanterns to light the night. I power their lanterns with Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ batteries because they are the #1 longest lasting AA Battery and have a 20 year shelf life (AA/AAA only) so you can stock up! When you have kids, you know how important those two things are! The Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ AA/AAA batteries are also lightweight, 33% lighter vs. alkaline batteries, (which means this lantern stays lightweight, too) and they perform in extreme temperatures.
All that means that you won’t have someone’s lantern going off in the dark backyard AND you won’t have to worry when they keep the lanterns on all night.
So what do you need to have a great backyard campout for the kids?
- Tent (Play kind is fine)
- Blanket to line bottom with
- Lanterns / Flashlights and Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ batteries
- Small table or ottoman
- Snacks (Try our S’mores Bars – Recipe below!)
- Games (think Cards, Small Board Games – yard games, my kids love those light up slingshot rockets now!)
Pick a comfy tent. If you have real camping tents, great, if not, the play kind is fine. I have a teepee style one that we bring outdoors all the time.
Line the bottom with a comfy blanket and some pillows for seating or sleeping — or bring out the sleeping bags!
Add a table for playing games, having snacks or for your lanterns.
Speaking of snacks — you can also make these easy s’mores bars that give you all the ooey gooey good taste of real smores without the fire. We have a firepit, but sometimes it’s too hot for that in the summer and my kids just like having these chilled bars.
Making them is SUPER easy and you can get the recipe at the bottom of this post. Be sure to check it out and let me know if you try them.
No matter how you do it — backyard camping is something your kids will love and always remember. Building memories for them and for us as parents. With busy schedules, sports and camps, spending time outdoors without all the distractions is really important. And Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ batteries, can power so much for your this summer on those outdoor family adventures! Think powering your items for beach time, hikes, days at the park, etc.
You can find Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ batteries at ACME stores, like I did, or other Albertson’s locations. I found them at this easy-to-locate endcap display! No searching for the batteries. My list is usually always too long to have to spend the time to search for something.
How do you think you’d do backyard camping? Would your kids enjoy it?
- 20-25 graham crackers
- 16 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 3 cups chocolate chips, melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Crush graham crackers between wax paper/parchment paper with a rolling pin. Pour into a bowl.
- Reserve ¼ a cup for later.
- Add the melted butter to the bowl with the graham crackers and mix until the texture of wet sand.
- Transfer the graham crackers onto baking pan, spreading into an even layer.
- Sprinkle 2 cups of mini marshmallows over the top of the graham cracker crumbs, as evenly as possible. Reserve the last cup until the end.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Watch closely so it doesn't burn. You want it melted not browned.
- Remove and pour the melted chocolate over the top of marshmallows, spreading evenly with a spatula.
- Top with remaining cup of marshmallows and reserved graham cracker crumbs.
- Freeze for at least 1 hour to set.
- Remove the bars from the freezer and cut into pieces.