There are loads of ways you and your kids can have fun when you’re camping. Some of the most enjoyable activities are also the simplest. Here are some ways to inject a ton of fun into a camping trip using games, crafts and activities that engage and delight.
A Scavenger Hunt
This is a great way to get kids interested in their natural surroundings. Hike one of the trails near your camp ground with your kids and you can check each item off the list as they find them. Remember to leave everything undisturbed and take a picture if you want a keepsake. Here are some ideas for your scavenger hunt list:
- a feather
- a frog
- a bird’s nest
- a red leaf and a yellow leaf
- a pinecone
- a slug
- a squirrel
- a deer
Build a Fort
Help the kids to build a special hide-out. Find a large tree or rock to support the fort. Gather lots of long stick, logs and dead branches of all sizes. Lay a tarp down for the floor. Make a frame with the largest pieces of wood you have and secure them with rope or string. Weave and tie the smaller branches to make the walls. Use another tarp for the roof or make it from more branches. Add sleeping bags and blankets.
Rainy Day Fun
Just because the weather’s inclement doesn’t mean kids can’t have fun indoors. This coloring book app for Android is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon in the tent. With just the touch of a finger, kids can color animals, flowers, birds, places, people, geometric patterns, and mandalas. There are 25+ color palettes to choose from and special effects to add at the end.
There’s nothing like sitting round the campfire after dinner and taking turns to tell a story. This doesn’t require any planning and can be completely spontaneous. Stories can be true experiences or completely made up. You can even have a competition to see who can tell the tallest tale. If you have older kids you can tell spooky stories as the sun goes down.
Glow-in-the-Dark Ring Toss
On your way to the campsite, pick up five glow-in-the-dark sticks and rings. After dark, place each of the sticks in a bottle of water and line them up on the ground. Have fun trying to throw the glowing rings around the bottles and see who can do the best.
This real-word treasure hunting game is fun for all the family. To participate you need to navigate a set of GPS coordinates then search for the geocache hidden at that location. Caches have different difficulty ratings so if you’re just starting out you can pick an easy one. A cache may be a plastic container, film canister or fake rock.
Have fun on your camping trip with these family activities!
Anthony Murray is a Dad who is prepared when he hears the dreaded ‘I’m Bored’ phrase escape from his kid’s mouths.
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