GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted March 2nd, 2015
Fun Activities for the Kids to Do on Your Next Camping Trip
Happy Camper Blog
Summertime is a great time for family travel, and a camping trip gives kids the perfect opportunity to get out of their regular routine and try new things. Here are some activities you can use to make your next camping adventure even more fun!
Glow Stick Ring Toss
Head to the dollar store and grab a bunch of glow sticks. When you go camping, form them into rings (you may even want to tape a few together for added weight). For the tossing post, either simply find a stick and put it into the ground, or to create a “glowing” post, use a clear water bottle with a glow stick inserted inside.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
When you arrive at your campground, take a look around and see all of the different natural elements there are, then make a simple checklist of them (pine cones, butterflies, evergreen tree, acorns, etc.). Divide the kids into teams and give each team a list of items to find. Have them circle each item as they find it, and the first team to find everything wins! Having the kids circle the items instead of having them collect leaves, rocks, etc. can help teach them about the importance of leaving nature undisturbed.
Kids always have fun blowing bubbles, but here’s a unique twist. Go to your local craft store and pick up a bottle of washable glo paint. Then, when you’re on your camping trip, make a mixture of half bubble solution and half glo paint (or you may want to experiment with the ratio to produce the best results). The kids will love blowing bubbles that glow in the dark!
Make a Fort
This one is so easy, but it can lead to hours of creative play time. Simply string a rope between two trees and throw a tarp or blanket over it to create a secret fort.
Creative Cloud Gazing
When you have a day when there are lots of puffy white clouds in the sky, ask the kids to lie down on the ground and use their imaginations to see what shapes they see in the sky.
Play “Catch the Snake’s Tail”
This one is sure to inspire plenty of giggles and shouts. Have the kids line up and put their hands on the shoulders of the child in front of them, forming a line. The goal is for the “head” of the snake to catch the “tail,” but everyone has to hold on tight! Once the “tail” gets caught, the child who was the “head” moves back to the end of the line and play starts again!
If one of the adults has a smart phone with a stargazing app, have them point it to the night sky and teach the kids about the constellations they can see. The clear, dark night skies of a campground can provide the perfect opportunity to see the stars and planets with greater visibility than you may have at home.
Make Solar S’Mores
Who says that s’mores can only be made at night around the campfire? The nice folks at NASA have posted instructions for making solar s’mores at climatekids.nasa.gov/smores. In addition to the usual ingredients for s’mores, you’ll only need a few simple materials like a pizza box, aluminum foil and plastic wrap. It’s a tasty way to give the kids a science lesson.
Create a Fun Walking Stick
When you pack for your camping trip, bring along some scraps of felt, ribbon, colored tape, twine, pony beads and feathers. Then, when you get to your campground, have the kids look for an appropriately-sized stick and have them personalize it with the craft supplies. They’ll be proud to take it along each time you go on a family hike!