10 Best Camping Games & Activities for Kids
Is everyone getting a little bored around the campfire with your family? Fortunately, there are plenty of activities you can do with your kids that will make camping seem fun again! Below, are 10 of the best camping games and activities that you and your children can enjoy when camping.
1. Campfire Stories
Do you have a few good storytellers in your family? Well, one of the best ways to make the most of a good campfire is to spread a few spooky and exciting stories. In fact, you can even make a contest out of it; the winner is whoever can tell the scariest or most exciting story of the night. Or, you can try doing a Mad Libs version where one person tells a sentence, and another person tells the next sentence, and so on. Putting twists on the classic camping activities is a fantastic way to keep children entertained.
2. Arts and Crafts
A nice and quiet way to keep your kids entertained while camping is to bring some arts and crafts with you, such as glue, scissors, markers, and paper. You can bring your kids on a small nature hike to collect pinecones and leaves to use to create a nature journal of their camping trip. This way, they have a lasting memory of this trip.
3. Flashlight Tag
If your kids love playing tag, they’re going to love playing this camp version even more. Flashlight tag is one of the safer camping games for kids and a more exciting way to play tag around the campsite, without losing sight of everyone. Just make sure you bring plenty of batteries on your trip!
4. Wooden Puzzle Games
You can also bring some traditional puzzle games on your camping trip to entertain your kids. Consider bringing a few wooden puzzle games with you. One reason why wooden games are so great is that the pieces are more substantial, so they are harder to lose. Some great wooden games your kids will love are Connect 4, Shut the Box, and Tic Tac Toe.
5. Scavenger Hunt
Although your kids may not love “nature hikes,” but they will love a camping scavenger hunt. You should make a list of things to find around the campsite, such as oak leaves, shells, pine needles, and different types of rocks for them to find. This activity should be prepared before the camping trip because you’ll need watches, compasses, maps, and bags to store everything they find. Whoever finds every item on the scavenger hunt list gets to make roast their s’mores first the following night.
6. Glowing Ring Toss
Another of the greatest camping games you can play with your children is the glowing ring toss. Your kids are bound to love playing with glow sticks if they don’t already. When you stick a large glow stick combined with a few smaller ones, you can create a large glowing ring. What do you do with it? Well, you can create a glowing ring toss for your whole family to enjoy. Place large sticks into the ground a few feet apart and see who can toss their ring the most accurately.
7. 20 Questions
20 questions is an age-old game that everyone has played at some point in their lives. One person thinks of an object and the others ask questions to figure out what it is. However, this time, you can try to make the questions camping-related.
8. Read Nature Guidebooks
It’s always a great family activity to learn a little during your camping trip. By providing everyone a nature guidebook, you can identify plants, animals, and places around your campsite. We even suggest keeping a nature journal for the entire family so when you get home, everyone can show off to their friends what they saw and interacted with on their camping trip.
9. Camping Olympics
A great way to spend time at the campsite is to host The Camping Olympics! For example, you can do relays in an open clearing and do swimming contests in the lake or another body of water. You can even use a rope to play tug of war with the whole family! Just make sure you choose activities that everyone can take part in, even younger kids in the family.
10. Camping Bingo
Although this may seem kind of boring, camping bingo is one of the most fun camping activities for kids to do during quiet hours in camp. Use a printable bingo card and write down an item you would find in the woods on the board. Have everyone pick a buddy and mark their bingo board once they find the items that they’ve listed. However, before the start of the game, make sure you teach your kids to Leave No Trace by only marking their board, not removing the items from their environment. You should pair one kid with an adult to make sure no one gets lost and to ensure the Leave No Trace rule is being respected.
Camping doesn’t have to be boring for anyone. With the help of these activities, you should be able to get everyone in your family to enjoy the great outdoors, especially your kids. Hopefully, you can take our list of activities and try out a few this year!