Camping with Kids? Try These Games on Your Next Camping Trip!

Camping with Kids? Try These Games on Your Next Camping Trip!

Perhaps you went camping with your family when you were growing up and have fond memories. Now, you wish to recreate that magic for your own children. There are a few simple steps to ensure a fun time is had by all. First, you should teach your children that it is possible to unplug and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, away from smartphones and video games. Older children in particular may balk at this idea, but planning fun activities will help them forget the digital world, at least for a day or two. Beyond the classic camping activities of roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories around the campfire, here are a few games to try on your next camping trip. Don’t forget to bring along healthy but tasty snacks, which will make playing games an even sweeter experience.

Four Cool Camping Games

Scavenger hunts: Scavenger hunts can be fun for children of all ages as well as adults. Young children should always be accompanied by an adult, but even older children should stick with another person, just to be safe. A few of the items one can collect are pine cones, feathers, various types and colors of leaves, snail shells, pine needles, colored (you specify the color) or spotted rocks, or stones in the shape of a near perfect circle or heart. The scavenger hunt should be timed and restricted to a certain radius, so nobody strays too far afield. Useful items to have on hand include inexpensive compasses, watches, cloth bags to store the treasures, and small clipboards with pens or pencils attached with string to check off items. After the hunt is over, you can teach younger children about the things they found, such as matching the leaves with the trees they came from, e.g. maple or oak leaves.

Alphabet games: Alphabet games have many variations and can be played just about anywhere. Instruct your children to search the campground or trail for objects that start with each letter of the alphabet, in order. This is a fun way to explore and get children active on an overcast or cooler day. If it is raining and you are cooped up inside the tent, play this game by having children name any favorite characters or shows starting with each letter of the alphabet, in order.

Noah’s Ark: In this memory game for older children and adults, everyone sits in a circle and takes turns listing animals in Noah’s Ark in alphabetical order. Of course this does not have to be associated with Noah’s Ark – any animal on earth will qualify! The first person says, “I’m going on Noah’s Ark and I’m bringing two apes.” The next person repeats what the first person brought and adds something else to it, such as “I’m going on Noah’s Ark and I’m bringing two apes and two baboons.” Each person has to remember in order what those before them brought and add his or her own to the list. When a person makes a mistake, they are out of the game and sit just outside the circle. The last person in the circle is the winner.

Crafty Castle: This is a variation on building sandcastles at the beach. Just like the beach has an endless supply of sand, a wooded area has a near endless supply of twigs. You might even combine this one with the scavenger hunt by placing twigs on the list. Bring a bottle of white glue, scissors, and string. You can build a simple castle or structure by starting with a base of four twigs and use them like building logs. Or another simple form is a teepee shape, however, the sky is the limit, as long as the twigs can be glued and/or tied together!

Sources:
http://www.todaysparent.com/family/activities/camping-games-for-kids/
http://realfamilycamping.blogspot.com/2011/05/10-fun-camping-games-for-kids.html
http://www.imom.com/7-camping-game-ideas/#.Vt8qpfkrL-s

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