As promised in my Camping 2012 part 1 post I said I’d be back with some fun camping activities and dessert ideas. So I’m back to do that.
Kids always seem to be on the excited side when they know they are going somewhere fun. Here is are a few activities to do in the car to keep them busy and focused and hopefully not asking “are we almost there?” every 5 minutes.
Here are some traditional games turned into travel games. You can find directions at Choose to Thrive.
Here is a travel Eye Spy game that they can play in the car. Download the Summer Eye Spy list at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.
Some of our family favorites:
Another thing we love to do while camping is Letterboxing.
Here are a few activities I found on the internet if you need some filler activities.
Here is a fun scavenger hunt list. I particularly like the photo list. You can find it at: Families that Stick.
Camping Scavenger Hunt List
All you need for this is just a list printed out for every “hunter” and a brown paper bag! Easy-peasy!
|1. Pinecone||6. Acorn|
|2. Smooth river stone||7. Bird feather|
|3. A Maple Leaf||8. Rock that looks like an arrowhead|
|4. Sand||9. Winged seed (like maple, dandelion, etc..)|
|5. An Oak Leaf||10. A rock that looks like an animal|
|Bonus #1: A bird nest||Bonus #2: An antler|
Camping Photo Scavenger Hunt List
|1. Hollow log||6. Tallest tree you can see|
|2. Climbing a tree||7. Wildlife (extra credit for the best pics!)|
|3. An Oak Tree||8. A Pine Tree & team members|
|4. A boot print||9. Animal tracks|
|5. Animal scat (ewwwww!)||10. Swinging on a vine|
|Bonus #1: A bird in flight||Bonus #2: A beaver dam|
|**All group members must be in at least 1 picture!!**|
- Treasure Hunt: A fun way to explore the great outdoors while following a treasure map of clues!
- Geocaching: Have a GPS? This activity is growing in popularity and number. Just type in the zipcode of the campsite and you’ll likely find many hidden canisters in the vicinity. This is lots of fun…if you have a GPS, you’ve got to try it!
- Camping Olympics: Have a bigger group? Why not organize some camping games and point system and keep your competitive kids active. From tug-o-war to horseshoes, there are plenty of wooded activities to combine for a team competition.
- Flashlight Tag: The timeless game that gives the kids an excuse to run around in the dark.
- Kick the Can: Another fun game for larger groups, this one is a blast for big and little kids, alike!
- Capture the Flag: This one can occupy the campers for hours…especially if you have a lot of wooded territory to work with.
- Frisbee Horseshoes: This unique game is fun for all ages, can be played anywhere, and is a lot safer than throwing iron weights at one another!
- Shadow Puppet Charades: A tent & flashlight are all that you need. This is a good idea for rainy nights!
Do you have any fun activities you use when camping?
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