Camping Games for Kids
Camping can be an adventure or it can be a nightmare. The outcome – fun and adventurous or nightmare – is dependent on your attitude. I’m not a camping fanatic, but my husband enjoys camping with our boys. It’s an adventure and it’s a great way to connect with nature. Unfortunately, kids don’t see it that way. They become easily bored if they don’t have anything to entertain themselves. These camping games for kids are simple and can be played by kids of different ages. A great thing about these games is the fact they all can be played without the use of any special equipment or materials. No need in worrying about having to pack an extra materials to bring along with you.
What kid doesn’t love an obstacle course and what greater place to set one up than out in the wilderness at your campsite? You can use things you brought from home and the natural things that you may find lying around to set up this obstacle course.
An example for an obstacle course is:
- Run around a tree or tree stump 3 times
- Hop on each foot two times
- Run to the picnic table
- Crawl over the picnic table
- Run around the fire pit (without a fire, of course!)
- Walk on only tree roots to the tent
- Sing a song
- Do 10 jumping jacks
- Bring a log to the fire pit
- Run to the cooler and grab a soda or water
Of course, this can be changed to however you see fit it and you can make rules and choose whether or not the winner gets a prize.
Flashlight Hide and Seek
Hide and seek is a classic childhood game but it’s a different game when played outside at a campground. It’s especially different when it’s played at night with flashlights. It’s best to let them prepare during the day and have them explore the campsite to find all the nooks and crannies to hide and get some knowledge of their surroundings. As the sun sets, the rules are the same as normal hide and seek except with flashlights. When the “seeker” finds the “hider,” they shine a beam of light on them. It’s best to set limits prior to the game starting. You can partition off the boundaries as well as set a time limit.
Scavenger hunts are the best! They are also a great way to get your kids interested in nature. Before you go on your trip, write-up a big list of things they can find on this scavenger hunt such as snails, moss, a pinecone, a bird’s nest, etc. After the campsite is set up, give your kids the list and let them explore. They can spend all day preoccupied with the scavenger hunt, marking off items as they’re found. If they’re real lovers of nature, they can even take a picture of everything they find for a keepsake. My husband took this one step further by discussing what plants were poisonous compared to non poisonous plants.
Camping is fun, but kids can get bored really fast when they don’t have something to keep them entertained. Next time you’re on a camping trip, your kids won’t be bored. Not only will they have an adventure camping, they will also have an adventure learning more about nature with these fun games.
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Do you know of any other fun camping games for kids? Please share in the comments!