Camping Gifts For Kids – Fun Gifts For Little Adventurers

Updated: April 13, 2023
Camping gifts for kids

Camping gifts for kids are a super idea for birthdays and holiday season. Not only will your children (or their friends) love these items, they are also functional.

These days, most  big outdoor brands have a children's line which is just as good  as the adult version. In addition there are some fun toys and gadgets which promote fun and interactive outdoor learning.

This is a list of my 15 top camping gifts for children. Your little outdoor adventurer will be proud to add some real gear and fun toys to their camping checklist. Get ready to create amazing memories on your next family camp out!

15 Fun Camping Gift Ideas For Kids

1. OBUBY Real Binoculars For Kids

Obuby Real Binoculars for Kids Gifts for 3-12 Years Boys Girls 8x21 High-Resolution Optics Mini Compact Binocular Toys Shockproof Folding Small Telescope for Bird Watching,Travel, Camping, Blue

These are a great first-pair of binoculars and make a super gift for a nature loving child. OBUBY Kids Binoculars are decent quility and have 8X Magnification. 

They are easy to adjust and children from 3 upwards would be able to use them. The eyepieces are soft and rubbery. They are well sized to be held comfortably in little hands.

These binoculars perfect to introduce your child to the world of bird and wildlife watching. Its a great idea to gift these together with a children's bird book.

2.BLITZU LED Headlamps

BLITZU Led Headlamps for Camper, Kids, Family, Adults. Headlights, Headband Flashlights, Led Head Lights, Head Lamp, Camping Essentials Gear Clearance, Purple

BLITZU Headlamps  are waterproof, lightweight and have a stretch, adjustable band. They fit great on small heads and also work for adults.

These headlamps are super tough and come with a lifetime warranty. There are seven light modes including a red light setting. The bright setting is very bright so its best to supervise younger children while with headlamps.

They are great camping gifts . Kids can move around at night while keeping thier hands free. Headlamps are also great for night walks and frogging in the garden.

3. HIITAVE Water Shoes For Kids

HIITAVE Girls Swim Water Shoes Non-Slip Quick Dry Barefoot Beach Aqua Pool Socks for Boys Kids Toddler Pupple/Unicorn 3.5-4 M US Big Kid

These kid's water shoes make great  gifts for kids that love camping and spend a lot of time in and around water. They come in bright and fun designs including unicorns, dinosaurs, sharks and mermaids. Sizes are available from toddlers all the way to big kid size 4.

The rubber sole provides grip for exploring rockpools at the beach or scrambling around a river. These are also great for visiting waterparks.

The neck is smooth and elasticated. It doesn't chafe on children's ankles and is super easy for them to pull on and off. 

4. The Comfy Dream Jr. Wearable Blanket

THE COMFY Dream JR | Oversized Light Microfiber Wearable Blanket, One Size Fits All, As Seen on Shark Tank (Navy), (u-3c-12072)

 This Wearable Blanket is the perfect camping gift for children. Its cuddly as a blanket and fits like an oversized poncho. It has a hood with a short zip at the front and a pocket pouch for hands, snacks or toys. Kids will stay snug on camping trips, in the car or at home.

The blanket is soft, microfibre fabric. The length of this 'big kid' size (around 5-8yrs) doesn't drag on the floor behind them. It is safe to wash in the machine.

While buying these for the kids, you might as well buy the Comfy in Adult sizes too!

5. Seckton Upgrade Kids Selfie Camera

 Seckton Upgrade Kids Selfie Camera, Christmas Birthday Gifts for Boys Age 3-9, HD Digital Video Cameras for Toddler, Portable Toy for 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year Old Boy with 32GB SD Card-Blue

This simple digital camera is durable and makes a great birthday gift for kids. This camera is perfect for children between 3-8 who  may be too young for cellphones. Its a fun toy to bring on a camping trip for them to learn to take family and nature shots.

The camera comes in different colours and has a 32GB SD memory card. It's very easy to use and has auto-focus plus a few other basic settings.  There is a lanyard attachment so kids can wear it around their necks. This gadget is reasonably durable, made to survive being dropped by toddlers.

6. Exploring Nature Activity Book For Kids

Exploring Nature Activity Book for Kids: 50 Creative Projects to Spark Curiosity in the Outdoors (Exploring for Kids Activity Books and Journals)

This is a great gift to encourage your children to learn about the world around them. Kim Andrews' Nature Activity Book has 50 great activities for children. Most of these activities involve outdoor objects. It is perfect to take along on a camping trip.

Activities like flower pressing and fun experiments to test what floats are fun and promote hands on learning. It will keep children entertained for hours. This is the perfect gift for young children who are aspiring explorers and natural scientists.

7. Wise Owl Outfitters Children's Camping Hammock

Wise Owl Outfitters Kids Hammock - Small Camping Hammock, Kids Camping Gear w/Tree Straps and Carabiners for Indoor/Outdoor Use, Cloud Blue & Tangerine

This camping hammock is light weight and super easy to set up using the straps and carabiners. Its a small size, especially for kids and comes in 3 fun color variations.

Kids will love reading a book or relaxing under the trees.  It can also be set up between poles and would make a great addition to a treehouse in your garden.

These hammocks also come in adult sizes so its worth buying for the whole family. The bigger sizes are also good camping gifts for teenagers.

8. Marshmellow Roasting Sticks

Marshmallow Roasting Sticks kit-Telescoping Stainless Steel Cookware Set Forks for Smores & Best Camping Accessories for Kids Over Campfire & Hot Dog Fire Pit Cooking

This set of 5 marshmellow roasting prongs Is a great gift for kids. Each stick is extendable from 10" to 34" so no more burnt fingers while roasting marshmallows! 

The skewers can also be used to grill hotdogs. The metal points are sharp and come with safety stoppers. These are better for slightly older children that can be careful with the sharp, hot ends.

They make a great addition  to camping birthday parties. Your child will also love taking them on school camps. The set comes with a zip-up bag to store the tongs and 15 fun recipe ideas.

9. THERMOS Fountainer 12 Ounce Stainless Steel Kids Bottle

THERMOS Jurassic World: Dominion FUNTAINER 12 Ounce Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Kids Straw Bottle

These useful insulates bottles keep beverages  icy during camp activities on hot summer days. Juice and cooldrinks stay cold for 12hrs.

These bottles come in a wide variety of designs including popular children's characters. This Jurassic park Thermos would make a great camping gift for a boy.

We like the easy to open push-button lid. Its easy for kids to use while on the go. The built-in carry handle  also makes it much simpler for smaller hands to grip.

Note: This  product is not for hot beverages

10. CamelBak Mini Mule Kids Hydration Backpack

CamelBak Mini M.U.L.E. Kids Hydration Backpack for Hiking and Biking - 50oz, Baton Rouge/ Flames

This is a real hydration sports backpack for seriously adventurous kids. The Mini Mule makes a excellent gift for young cyclists. It has reflective accents to keep them visible on the trail and an emergency whistle in the front strap.   

The bag holds up to 1.5l of water. It also has pockets for extra clothing and space for a bike-tool kit. The hydration pack comes in different designs that boys and girls will love.

The pack is also great for hiking and kayaking excursions. Kids can keep their hands free. Its perfect for children who go on a lot of adventurous camps.

11. Retevis RT628 Kids Walkie Talkies

Retevis RT628 Kids Walkie Talkies,Army Toys for 5-13 Year Old Boys Girls,FRS Walkie Talkie for Kids,Gifts for Birthday Outdoor Camping(1 Pair Camo)

Walkie talkies are a fun camping gift idea for kids. These Retevis Walkie Talkies Have a range of about two miles and are great for children to play with. They can use them to check in with family members in other tents or to stay in touch on a trail.

The walkie talkies work with 3 AAA batteries. Battery life is pretty good. The keypad can be locked to prevent unintentional button pressing. 

A great idea for kids' camping birthday parties is to link several sets onto the same channel. Children will have a blast running around camp communicating through these radios.

12. Orienteering Compass - Hiking Backpacking Compass

Orienteering Compass - Hiking Backpacking Compass | Advanced Scout Compass Camping and Navigation | Boy Scout Compass Kids - Children Compasses for Map Reading - Baseplate Compass Survival

This This compass will make a boy scout or little adventurer very happy. This is a real compass, older kids will appreciate that they are trusted with the genuine article instead of a toy version.  

The compass is mounted  on a measurement board with a magnifying glass. Its an essential piece of kit for the Boy Scouts Of America.

Although the magnifier is supposed to be for reading maps, its also great for kids to get a closer look at insects, leaves, flowers etc. The compass has a cord so it can be worn around the neck

13. Magical Flames - Fire Color Packets

Magical Flames Cosmic Fire Color Packets - 12-Pack Colorful Fire Packs - Magic Colored Flame for Campfires, Bonfire & Outdoor Fire Pit - Color Changing Fire Camping Accessories for Kids & Adults

These fire color packets make great camping gifts for children. The colourful flames add a sense of magic and wonder to the campfire. Even teenagers will get a kick out of them.

There are 12 packets in each bag. One pack equals about 15minutes of entrancing colorful flames. The colors last longer if you throw several packs in at the same time.

They are perfect for camp-story telling around the fire.  I wouldn't recommend toasting marshmallows while using these, just to be safe.

14. Sunday Afternoons Kids Play Hat

Sunday Afternoons Kids’ Play Hat, Toddler Sun Hat with Neck Flap, UPF 50+ Protection, Outdoor Hats for Girls, Boys, Summer Beach Hat, Blossom, Medium

This is a great outdoor hat for kids.  The Sunday Afternoons kids hat has a toggle chin strap and an adjustable strap at the back for a snug fit on any head. It is available in sizes to fit children of all ages.

We like the full neck veil which completely protects the back of the neck from sun. The mesh window allows airflow so your kids can wear them all day without their heads getting hot and sweaty.

These hats are water and stain resistant. It is super lightweight and offers UPF 50+ protection.

15. Teton Sports Jnr Sleeping Bag

TETON Junior, 20 Degree Sleeping Bag. Finally, Sleeping Bag for Boys, Girls, all Kids, Warm and Comfortable; For all camping weather and built to last

This is one of the best sleeping bags for children. It is long enough to fit kids up to 5ft tall. It is an essential piece of camping gear and makes a great gift for a dedicated little camper.

This TETON child's sleeping bag \ is just as good quality as Teton's adult bags. It can withstand temperatures down to 20 degrees.

We like that this bag is designed to be stuffed into the sack. Its much easier for children to pack up their own bag than to roll it. The curved hood also keeps a pillow in place .

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About the author 

Alison Macallister

With a degree in Nature Conservation and experience working with wildlife including the Big 5, Alison used to work as a guide for a 5-star safari reserve in South Africa. Today she is a full time traveller and editor for Mountain IQ. She has travelled and hiked extensively in South America, including many solo hikes in Patagonia, the Cusco region of Peru, Ecuador and Chile.

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