Are you going camping? Check out these camp activities for kids that are fun and frugal. 24 kids camping activities sure to be a blast.
Fun Camping Activities for Kids
Camping is one of my favorite memories as a child and now we are making new ones with our family. Kids of all ages love to camp and these fun activities make it even more exciting.
Camping games don’t have to be expensive or time consuming. These ideas for kids include easy ideas such as nature scavenger hunts, camping charades, ring toss and making friendship bracelets and so many other fun summer camp activities.
We have even included rainy day activities for camping with kids just in case. These summer camp activities for kids include activities for the entire family. From younger kids to older kids, everyone will love these fun ideas.
Gather around the picnic table or campsite and get ready for so much fun. You might want to take a look at these 5 tips for camping with kids.
1. Campfire Stories
Play the camping version of Tell me a Story and other fun games. Choose from 5 camping games for kids that don’t cost anything to play. No need to spend a bunch of money when these free and frugal games provide so much entertainment.
2. Bird Feeder
Learn how to make this cute bird feeder using a milk carton. If you make it the beginning of the camping trip, you can hang it up and the birds can use it all week. Don’t forget the bird seed if you plan to use it while camping.
3. Glow in the Dark Bowling
Use glow sticks in bottles for a fun game of nighttime bowling. Not only does it look cool but it is so much fun too. The entire family will enjoy playing a game of glow bowling.
4. Scavenger Hunt
This neighborhood scavenger hunt can easily be used camping. Kids will love looking for items in nature and in surrounding areas. Everyone can race to see who spots the most items first.
5. Camping Charades
The game of charades is sure to provide lots of laughter and fun. This free printable for camping themed charades is a blast to play. Just print out the cards and pack them in a ziplock bag for the trip.
6. Camping Pictionary
Get this free printable and be prepared for tons of laughs and fun with Camping Pictionary. This themed version is perfect to add to your camping adventures and completely free.
7. Ring Toss
Transform the classic ring toss game into this super fun glow in the dark version. You can purchase everything you need at the dollar store this game that provides fun for kids of all ages.
8. Friendship Bracelets
Gather everyone around and make these gorgeous Friendship Bracelets. Everyone can choose their favorite colors and make lots of pretty bracelets for themselves and to give to friends.
Let everyone make s’mores for a popular camping activity. I feel like S’mores and Camping go hand in hand.
10. Shadow Charades
When it’s time to settle down for the night, gather everyone around for a found of shadow charades. Kids will love to play with the flashlights and see who can guess the shapes.
11. Catch Fireflies
The timeless activity of catching fireflies never gets old for kids of all ages. Give the kids a jar and see who can catch the most and then let them all loose so they continue to light up the backyard.
12. Flashlight Hide and Seek
If the kids start to get bored when the sun goes down, it is time for a round of flashlight hide and seek. Make sure everyone has a flashlight and get ready for lots of excitement. This activity gets the kids moving and everyone always loves this game.
13. Squirt Gun Race
String plastic cups between trees or other posts around the campsite. Give the kids a water gun and see who can squire their cup the fastest across the strings. Squirt Gun Races are so simple but results in hours of fun.
14. I Spy Camping Version
Children can take turn using binoculars and look for objects in this special I Spy Camping edition. This is also a great way to teach kids about nature and it is so much more fun using binoculars.
15. Paint Rocks
Gather rocks around the campsite and kids can paint lots of fun designs and colors. They can also hide the rocks around the area and other campers can find them when they go camping next. This is the perfect activity to do outdoors because you don’t have to worry about getting paint everywhere.
16. Wheelbarrow Race
Teach the kids how to do a wheelbarrow race for endless fun. This is a classic game that surpasses generations and still provides so much fun.
17. Paper Airplanes
Make paper airplanes and then see how far they can go. Everyone can race their airplanes and the kids will be entertained.
18. Camping Bingo
Get this free Camping Bingo printable and get ready to loads of bingo fun. This is a great game to play if starts to rain or you just want them kids to settle down at the picnic table.
19. Stone Stacking
Balance rocks around the campsite to see who can make the tallest stack without crashing. It is nature’s version of Jenga. It is fun for kids of all ages.
20. Balloon Ping Pong
Grab some paper plates and blow up some balloons for an exciting game of balloon ping pong. There is something exciting about games with balloons and the kids never get tired of it.
You can buy bubble solution or make this easy homemade bubble solution for endless fun. Kids might also like to make their own DIY bubble wands.
22. Camping Tic Tac Toe
Everyone can enjoy a game of Tic Tac Toe with sticks and other items found in nature such as rocks, pinecones and more. This game cost absolutely nothing and all supplies can be found in nature.
23. Nature Scavenger Hunt
Kids can learn about nature and keep themselves busy completing this fun Natural Scavenger Hunt. Get the free printable.
24. Sponge and Water Play
Cool off during the hot days and bring out the water and sponges. Everyone will want to get involved in the sponge and water fun.
Kids Camping Activities
There are so many fun and interesting activities to do with the entire family while camping. Kids will have a blast playing outdoors and enjoying time with friends and family.
We always look forward to this time of bonding and lack of screen time. It is nice for the phones, tablets and tv’s to be put away and replaced with so many fun games. The memories created during this time will be forever remembered.
Which of these activities do you plan to try on your camping trip? Please share any ideas or special activities you love to do while camping in the comment section.