Hot Dog Spiders and Octopus – another fun and easy camping recipes for kids that they can make themselves, with just a little adult supervision. These are so fun, and so easy to make that the kids will want to do it on every camping trip.
These work great as a campfire treat, or a meal, and can be served on a bun or a plate. Your kids will be talking about these long after the camping trip is over.
It’s how you slice it…
No secret recipe or ingredients – it’s all about how you slice the hot dog. As the pictures below will show.
Unless you are sure your young camper can handle a knife – it is probably best if an adult does the slicing of the raw hot dog – then let the kids roast them over the campfire. . This camp recipes for kids isn’t just delicious – it’s fun too.
Note: These creations work best with “bun length” hot dogs. And don’t worry about buns either. Let them nibble right off their roasting sticks – just give them a paper plate for ketchup or mustard to dip in.
The Spider Hot Dog
Put two fingers over the center of the hot dog and slice through the center – from your fingers to the end. Then roll the hot dog 90 degrees and slice through the center again. The result will be four “legs.” Repeat this for the other end of the hot dog.
Insert the roasting stick or fork through the center unsliced part of the hot dog..
The Squid Hot Dog
Cut the hot dog in half. Put two fingers over the rounded end of the hot dog and slice through the center – from your fingers to the end. Then roll the hot dog 90 degrees and make two slices. This will give you 6 “legs.” Repeat this for the other half of the hot dog.
Insert the roasting stick or fork through the center unsliced end of the hot dog.
The Octopus Hot Dog
Same as with the Squid dog above – but… do not cut the hot dog in half. And, make a few shallow cuts on the inside of each “leg,” this will cause them to curl more when cooked over a campfire.
Insert the roasting stick or fork through the center of the unsliced end of the hot dog..
Sharpened sticks are fun to use – when they are available, but sometimes nothing beats the preparedness of having a few ready-made roaster forks on hand.
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Camping with kids requires some camping gear and accommodations that you might not normally consider if just camping with adults.
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Bad Weather Survival Ideas for Camping with Kids:
Bad Weather? Kids confined to the tent? Save your sanity – be prepared with these games and activities to keep them occupied.
The links are for individual products, or the all-in-one bad weather kit. (as pictured)
Available as an all-in-one kit – Just click the image on the right to see a complete all-in-one Camping activities for Kids and camp games for kids Bad Weather Survival kit” – All you have to do is select the item quantities to match your number of kids!
Here are a few items and resources that may prove helpful:
Pie Irons for Campfire Cooking
If you go camping with kids, you should have at least one Pie Iron, (preferably one for each kid), in your camping cookware. They are versatile – you can make anything from grilled cheese sandwiches to instant fruit pies. And they are so safe and easy to use that you can let your young campers make their own fun camping recipes for kids.
Just pop in the ingredients, close, cook over the campfire, and out comes delicious sandwiches, or biscuit-dough fruit tarts, or dozens of other camp food choices.
Don’t laugh – think about it first, but a Boy Scout Handbook is one of the most helpful pieces of general camping gear you can have. It’s a great source for camping ideas, tips, and activities for your young campers.
It is handy and helpful for experienced outdoor campers, and is especially useful to new campers. A Boy Scout handbook contains easy to understand answers and how-to’s for almost any camping question. Plus, it contains plant and foliage identifications, campsite activity suggestions, survival tips, and detailed primary first aid instructions.
Boy Scout Handbook
Check out these great examples of camping gear items useful for camping with kids. Once you have these pieces of camp gear included in your list of camping equipment, you will wonder how you ever did without them. Especially when you see how inexpensive they are when you buy them online.
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