Our family loves going tent camping and just enjoying the great outdoors. For the most part, my boys can be found running around pretending sticks are swords and they are needing to take down the dragons. However, from time to time, they do slow down to enjoy other games. Here are some camping activities and games that we play while camping, that doesn’t require a lot of additional packing.
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Camping Activities For Kids
One Word Story Around the Campfire:
Seriously, this is one of their favorites. At night, when we all gather around the campfire for popcorn or roasted marshmallows, One Word Story kicks off. Each person adds one word as we go around the circle to make a story. The stories can get crazy for sure, but they are super fun.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good game of Tic-Tac-Toe? Why not make it more fun by using sticks, rocks, pine cones or anything you may run across at your campsite.
This one is always a fun game to play. We find a variety of stones and then see who can stack them the highest without them toppling over.
My oldest is big on nature. He loves writing down different plants we run across, trees, and even animals. He has a little journal size notebook that we picked up from the Dollar Tree that he makes notes in and snaps a picture. Once we get home, we research it more and over time he has created quit the Explorer Journal.
While I do pack at little as necessary, I always toss a couple of bubble wands into the car. They slide right into the pocket on the door, but provide hours of fun.
This is so much fun and one of our favorite camping activities. Especially on a hot day. Grabbing a blanket or hopping in the hammock to just watch the clouds float by. It’s always fun finding fun shapes in the clouds.
Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt. Anytime we are in the woods, we always point out the things we see. Snail Shells, tiny pine cones, rocks, moss. You name it and they love pointing it out. We always tell our boys to leave nature in nature, so we never bring home our findings. However, if they want to add it to their journal, why not snap a picture? They could even take the FREE Printable Scavenger Hunt List and a pencil to check it off their list.