Going camping with kids is one of the absolute best ways that your family can spend time together — and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular, as well. Studies show that in 2013, American families spent an amazing 516.6 million days at campgrounds across the country!
Camping might be so popular because it literally offers something for everyone, no matter how diverse the personalities and interests within your family may be. From hiking to kayaking to campfire songs and food, there’s no shortage of things to do.
Not sure how to keep the whole family entertained on your family camping excursions during the downtime between these activities? Here are the top three activities and games to try out on your next trip — we guarantee there will never be a dull moment!
Play some nature-focused games
Camping is all about seeing the natural world up close. And if you have a few hours of downtime, why not make the most of it with some games that help teach the kids respect for nature? Create scavenger hunts where your kids have to find certain rocks, leaves, birds, animals and more. Another good activity that allows your kids to bring home a memento is to make leaf rubbings with a paper and crayon.
There are few better ways to pass the time than playing a simple game of catch. While packing for your family’s camping excursion, be sure to bring along your favorite ball, whether it’s a baseball, a football or even a frisbee. You don’t have to play a serious game if you don’t want to — most times, just the act of tossing the ball to one another will suffice.
In an era where many of us focus on our phones rather than each other during the time we spend together, the art of telling stories to one another is almost obsolete. When you go camping with kids, all of these technological distractions are gone. For unparalleled family bonding, sit around the campfire and take turns telling some of your favorite stories.
What are some of your favorite ways to pass the time while camping with kids? Share your family’s favorite games and activities with us in the comments below!