Best Toddler Toys for Camping

How do I keep my child entertained on a camping trip?

Camping, in my opinion, is one of the best things to do with your kids. Especially if they’re young. They love running around outside and just exploring the world around them.

The best part is that they get to learn what life is going to be like when they leave home and go out into their own adventures! Here are some toys and equipment that I think is great for camping.

Let’s have a look at some of the best camping toys for toddlers and accessories your little ones will love!

Melissa & Doug Lets Explore Camp Stove Play Set 

Melissa & Doug Lets Explore Camp Stove Play Set

  • 24-piece pretend play wooden camp stove with cookware and utensils to prepare and serve play food outdoor meals
  • The wooden camp stove has knobs that turn, a reversible grill and griddle, burner with an adjustable “flame”; all pieces stored inside
  • Includes sliceable wooden fish, double-sided felt food, felt egg in a plastic egg shell, durable kettle, 2 cups with drink inserts, 2 plates, 2 sporks, collectible medallion, reusable activity book
  • Let’s Explore by Melissa & Doug encourages kids to connect with the natural world through imaginative play, and to discover the joy of outdoor adventures that instill curiosity and confidence while inspiring them to say, “Let’s Explore”
  • Makes a great gift for ages 3- to 6-year-olds, for hands-on, screen-free play
This Melissa and Doug camping set is honestly the perfect little on-the-go kitchen if you don’t want to get the whole kiddie kitchenette. The quality of all the items is superb. Everything fits in its place and can easily close once playtime is over, saving A LOT of space. My girls already have fake play food so this was perfect to add on for them. Now they can bring this little camping kitchen in their room, living room, dining room, or even outside when they want to have some fun play cooking. We love it!

Melissa & Doug Let’s Explore Campfire S’Mores Play Set

Melissa & Doug Let’s Explore Campfire S’Mores Play Set
  • 23-piece pretend play campfire with everything needed to make play food s’mores
  • Includes crackling flames, 4-piece log, wooden saw, reversible fire pit mat, 2 toasting sticks, activity booklet, collectible medallion, mesh storage bag
  • Play food includes 2 reversible marshmallows (uncooked on one side, toasted on the other!) in a pouch, 2 wooden chocolate pieces in a box, 4 wooden graham crackers in a box
  • Let’s Explore encourages kids to connect with the natural world through imaginative play, and to discover the joy of outdoor adventures that instill curiosity and confidence while inspiring them to say, “Let’s Explore”
  • Makes a great gift for ages 3- to 6-year-olds, for hands-on, screen-free play
He really took to this Melissa and Doug let’s go camping set, from the little “saw” that he can use to take apart the wood pieces to build the campfire, or to cut up the graham crackers, to the flame that crackles like fire because inside is cellophane I imagine. To make the s’mores, cuz he loves cooking.

Melissa & Doug Let’s Explore Hiking Play Set

Melissa & Doug Let’s Explore Hiking Play Set
  • 23-piece pretend play hiking set with a backpack, hiking essentials
  • Backpack with comfy adjustable straps, sized to fit kids 3 to 6; lots of pockets, flaps, hooks for name tag, safety whistle, and collectible medallion
  • Hiking essentials include play first aid kit, play binoculars, sunscreen tube with flip-top, multi-tool (compass, magnifier, saw, ruler), durable canteen, wooden snack bar, 6 double-sided animal track cards, trail guide activity book, pencil
  • Let’s Explore by Melissa & Doug encourages kids to connect with the natural world through imaginative play, and to discover the joy of outdoor adventures that instill curiosity and confidence while inspiring them to say, “Let’s Explore”
  • Makes a great gift for ages 3- to 6-year-olds, for hands-on, screen-free play
This entire line by MelissaAndDoug is excellent for toddlers! My 3-year-old son really loves to pretend play these days and can’t get enough of this backpack from the Lets Explore line. Everything from the binoculars to the first aid kit and he’s especially fond of the canteen which he fills up with water and drinks out of. The backpack actually fits him well (he is a slim, but average-sized 3-year-old- maybe more on the petite side). He takes this with us when we go on walks through the woods and we do “nature walks”…super fun.

Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Child’s Outdoor Chair

Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Child’s Outdoor Chair
  • Adorable Bella butterfly foldable chair: The Melissa & Doug Bella butterfly child’s outdoor chair is an adorable, easy-to-open, and close soft outdoor chair. It includes a handy cup holder and stores easily in the matching carry bag.
  • Easy to clean: This Butterfly beach chair is made from durable materials that are designed for longevity and reliability. All surface materials on this Butterfly camping chair are cleanable for easy cleanup.
  • Convenient storage bag: our camping kids’ Chair comes with a cup holder and also a matching carry bag, made from high-quality materials. Comes in “Frustration-Free packaging,” intended to be easier to open and reduce waste.
  • Great gift: the Melissa & Doug Bella butterfly child’s outdoor chair is a great gift. Add the Melissa & Doug Bella butterfly crawl tunnel to round out the active, screen-free play experience.
  • “The gold standard in childhood play”: for more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC news called “the gold standard in early childhood play.”
I bought it for my two-year-old and she loved it! I also love that it has a lock feature to keep it open so it won’t accidentally collapse on the child!

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Folding Lawn & Camping Chair

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Folding Lawn & Camping Chair
  • Child-sized folding chair with matching storage bag
  • Cup holder built into the Armrest
  • Giddy Buggy theme. Comes in “Frustration-Free packaging,” intended to be easier to open and reduce waste.
  • Durable construction
  • Water-resistant, easy-to-clean fabric
This is a great chair! I purchased it for my three-year-old nephew before his first camping trip and he absolutely loves it. It’s super cute and comfortable and packs up easily into the carrying case.

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Binoculars

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Binoculars
  • Child-friendly binoculars with a cute bug theme
  • 4×25 adjustable field glasses
  • Bright and sturdy design
  • Encourages observation skills and interest in the natural world
  • Ages 3+; 4.25” x 2” x 2.5”
For quality, safety, and fun I trust this brand for my 2 grandsons. I got 2 pairs of binoculars for Christmas and they are still going strong. They are real binoculars and take a beating. I love Melissa & Doug products as they are consistent in quality and well thought out in design and function. The pricing is very fair as well.

Nature Bound Bug Catcher Vacuum with Light Up Critter Habitat Case

Nature Bound Bug Catcher Vacuum with Light Up Critter Habitat Case
  • Bug Catcher & Habitat Kit with LED laser light for day and nighttime play
  • Built-in magnifier in both the vacuum and the habitat so you get two toys in one. Great for collecting, exploring, and even classroom use
  • Patented capture core container for trapping bugs, then transport them to your habitat without touching them. A STEM toy for home or classroom
  • Carabineer clip and carrying handle are great for kids ages 3 and above
Such a neat modern bug catcher.
You don’t have to worry about bugs getting out as you do with a net because of all the catching compartments. I actually even used it to catch a hornet that got into my house!!! Easy catch and release 🙂
Definitely recommend it to any boy moms out there.

Kids Camping Set with Tent

A MUST HAVE FOR LITTLE EXPLORERS ENJOY CAMPING ADVENTURE: Meland 2022 updated camping play set provides 30 necessary camping accessories including a play pop-up tent, sun hat, campfire with extendable stand, binoculars, oil lamp, 2-in-1 pretend hatchet with a knife, magnifier, water bottle, cooking pan with pretend foods, portable carrying lunch box, 3-in-1 emergency whistle with functions of flashlights and compass and pretend camping utensils.

Our granddaughter loved these toys. Ordered when we were going to be spending a long day with some friends at a campground. The tent was perfectly sized for her at 2 1/2 years old. She could stand up inside and we put her little Melissa & Doug beach chair inside and she could sit in that inside as well.
The toys are good quality and the bag is great for quick clean-up and storage. As a bonus we had decided we needed this very last minute and didn’t expect to get it in time but it arrived in one day.
Less than 24 hours after I ordered it actually so we were thrilled all the way around. Very cute, very good quality, we are looking forward to using the tent at the beach this summer as well. 

Ball Catch Paddle Set

Ball Catch Paddle Set

Upgraded High-Quality Paddle – Our paddle is newly upgraded. It is 20.5cm/8in dia which is bigger than the old version. The velcro piece is super tight against the paddle surface and the velcro piece center stitch is reinforced and will never get loose or pulls out of the frame like other poor-quality paddle mitts. The paddle frame is also reinforced with a special process and never breaks off. Our sturdy ball catch ball game set is built to last for a long time of use

A delightful toy to build a basic catching skill! So glad we bought this, and we had so much fun with our grandson with this….it was fun for us, too, demonstrating the skill.
He had a bit of difficulty getting the ball detached from the Velcro mitt, but developed his own technique to roll it to the edge before pulling. Well worth the money!


VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight

  • Educational kid’s toy features exciting songs and music that teach about animals, colors, and numbers; the ladybug button activates sounds and interacts with the child
  • Kids flashlight comes with over 50 sing-along songs, music, sounds, and fun phrases; the children’s toy features five changing light colors that are not too bright
  • This early learning center teaches toddlers to count along and learn numbers 1, 2, and 3; a great toy flashlight for your toddler
  • The interactive toy is perfect for infants and toddlers ages 1 through 3; the toy features an on and off switch and two different volume controls
  • The flashlight toy operates on two AAA batteries that are included; after 45 seconds of inactivity the toy will automatically turn off
A great toy for the music lover. Teaches colors using animal names faces and sounds. She quickly began saying color names and could respond to the prompts. She was also loving the songs. The switch was cool for a girl that likes switching things on and off. 

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