Camping means lots of time outside. Encourage your kids (and yourself) to explore with these camping activity ideas:
First Get Them Their “Tools” to Go Explore
Nature Adventure Kits
Want to know the very best camping activity you can possibly give your child? Purchase each of them one of these nature adventure kits and wait until you get to the campground to give it to them. They will spend time exploring nature and the environment. The kit comes with a compass, flashlight, magnifying glass and bug net in a backpack for them to keep it all together. You might want to clean out a clear plastic container and poke holes in the top for bugs (remember putting lightening bugs in those?)
Now You Have Nature Tools- Go Adventuring!
Nature Scavenger Hunt- a fun game for the entire family that can last a few minutes or all day
ideas for fun nature photos
Grab your flashlights and have some fun after the sun goes down.
Teach Eco-Friendly Play: Kids can inspect their favorite bugs without killing them! This patented, bug-safe vacuum sends each bug gently into the core viewing chamber for easy catch and release. Then join the online Bug Safari with iNaturalist and add your finds to the worldwide group.
Put a sheet under a tree or bush and shake it. Use your magnifying glass to see what falls out.
There are many techniques for building fire. Here is a very basic one, don’t forget the s’mores!
Camping is the PERFECT place to do all those messy craft projects! Create a portable craft kit and let your imagination go wild. Check out this Pinterest board for some nature craft ideas- https://www.pinterest.com/rvtravel101/nature-crafts/
First, a tackle box will keep everything in one place- this one has room for the paints and adjustable compartments –
Add a paint set- this one is washable
And- paint brushes, glue, string, paper, scissors, markers, tape, crayons, colored pencils,chalk
Check to see what amenities and activities the campground offers.
- lake or beach swimming
- playground equipment
- horseshoe pits
- driving range and/or golf course
- guided tours and activities
- movie nights
- volleyball or pickle ball courts
- boat/kayak/canoe rentals
- bike riding
- kite flying
- Bird watching
- Photography fun
Seek encourages outdoor exploration and learning by harnessing image recognition technology to help you identify plants and animals from your photos. Choose from a list of nearby plants, animals, and fungi and collect photographs of as many species as you can!
- Earn badges as you photograph new species.
- Become more engaged with the wildlife around you.
- Learn cool facts about the critters and plants that live right in your own backyard wilderness.
Geocaching– world wide scavenger hunt you do with your phone or GPS. Leave your treasure or take it and leave something else then be sure to sign the log book.
Night time fun
- flashlight tag
- night walks
- ghost stories
Sky Guide app for cool star gazing
Rainy Day Ideas
- card games/Uno
- pen and paper games- hangman/ tic tac toe
- board games
- nature crafts
- go play in the rain