GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted March
    2nd, 2015


    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


    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


    Glowing Bubbles

    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

    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


    Go Stargazing

    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


    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!