Activities for Camping with Children


Posted by Bob | Posted in Camping | Posted on 11-03-2010

I love to be outside, alone or with my family. I am a huge fan of unstructured time outside to wander and play and explore. But sometimes you need to be ready with some activities to encourage your little ones, or to give you time to get a meal cooked, or to tide you over through an unexpected rainshower. Here is a list of some activities you can do around the campsite with your kids. I would love to hear any other ideas you have.

I have linked through to articles or items that might help you. Check them out.


  • Journals
  • Make a map of the area
  • Take pictures
    • Bring a disposable for each person
    • Digital cameras
  • Make a video
  • Glue, markers, tape and paper to make collages
  • Clay to make sculptures
  • Crayons and paper to make rubbings
  • Clay or dough to make pressings
  • Spore prints 
  • Collection of many many great crafty ideas in and about nature from Crafty Crow
  • Plaster of paris tracks
  • Play binoculars out of toilet paper rolls


  • Shadow puppets. Here is a great activity from GiversLog that could be adapted for inside the tent 
  • Flashlight tag
  • Games- 
    • Sports games: badmitton (with or without the net), paddle ball, horseshoes
    • Board games: Scrabble, Boggle, Pass the Pigs, Jacks (travel versions are great for camping)
  • Great game bag you can make seen here and originally blogged here 
  • Fun games and outdoor gear to buy 
  • Find your tree: one person is blindfolded, spun around and lead to a tree (within eyesite of the starting point) and told “this is your tree”. They can feel, smell, and get to know the tree. They are then brought to the starting point. Take off blindfold and see if you can find your tree again.
  • Listening game- close eyes and see how many sounds you can hear
  • Nature bingo
  • Alphabet nature hunt
  • Memory game: collect objects, place on table, have them look then take away and see if can recreate what went where on the table
  • Card games: Old Maid, Go Fish, Cribbage, War, Poker
  • Make your own puzzles and printables 
  • Here is a great site for tons of games played in camps- some would work great for family camping trips too


  • Color walk
  • Sound Walk
  • Flashlight hike
  • Tracks search- especially fun in fresh snow
  • Scavenger hunts
    • For fun
    • To get to know the area you are camping in (increase your safety)
    • Pick up garbage
  • Collect special things
    • Talk about what is appropriate to collect and what isn’t
    • This is a great idea to use an egg carton or ice tray to do a color nature collection
  • Bring books to help identify animals and plants you find Mammals,  tracksamphibians and reptiles, birds (western and eastern) Many other great ones listed in our amazon store.
  • Check out the constellations
  • Bikes and helmets can be fun at camgrounds
  • Learn some survival skills
  • Bring swimming stuff for streams or many campgrounds have pools.
  • Bucket and shovel for beach, or digging holes or making rivers of mud
  • Geocaching
  • Magnifying glass makes searching for things fun
  • Learn to make knots
  • Bubbles
  • Marshmallow shooter
  • Teach kids about plants you can eat. It is fun to forage for food. Be clear that they shouldn’t eat things when not with you
  • Coloring books
  • Waterproof notebooks can be fun for taking notes in the rain


Comments (1)

Sites coming along nicely. Still a few graphical overlaps on Safari… and where’s my campgrounds for europa?!

Looking forward to more good stuff!

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