I-Spy – “I spy with my little eye,” can be so much more fun when you’re doing it at a campsite. Kids can spy things like insects, different trees, tents, fire rings and more. The options are really endless when you’re playing outside!
Hide and Seek – Remember how much fun you had as a kid hiding? Your kids will enjoy it just as much and the fact that you’re in the open air just makes hiding even more challenging! Just be sure to set clear boundaries as to how far from your basecamp they are allowed to go so that you don’t end up with a lost kiddo. Want to make it even more fun? Wait till it gets dark and play with flashlights.
Tag – “Tag! You’re it!” Kids today spend much more time in front of the t.v. or video games that they may not know just how much fun a good, old fashioned game of tag. Make sure they’re clear of any hazards (like the fire pit or a picnic table to trip over) and turn them loose!
Scavenger Hunt – Campgrounds and the woods are fantastic for having a scavenger hunt! Print your item lists off before you leave home and turn the kids loose to look for their items! You could do things like an oddly shaped stick, a particular color leaf, a sparkly rock and more! Just have fun with it!
Red Light/Green Light – One person is the “traffic light” and the others stand in a line about 15 feet from the traffic light. As the traffic light calls out “green light” the other kids run and try to sneak up on the stop light. The traffic light can call out “red light” at any point to stop them from running. Any kids that are still in motion when a red light is called are out.
Red Rover – If you’ve got a group of kids, set them up with a classic game of Red Rover. Just remind them to play nice and not run too hard at the others.
Fire Tender – Sit one kiddo on the ground blindfolded and surrounded by sticks. The other kids then try to sneak up and grab a stick. If the child in the middle hears a noise and thinks it’s someone trying to steal a stick, he points in that direction. The game ends when all of the sticks have been “grabbed.”
Camping doesn’t have to be boring for the kids! You just have to get a bit creative! What are your favorite camping games?