Fun Camping Activities Kids Love (and adults will too!)

Fun Camping Activities Kids Love (and adults will too!) - Camping For Foodies .com

Fun Camping Activities Kids Love

Some people think kids and camping go together like PB&J … others think it’s more like oil and water. Camping has the ability to bring a family together as everyone unplugs from their digital devices and connects with each other … we call it a “digital detox” and it is good for the ENTIRE family. Knowing how to plan a successful camping trip is key. Here are my best camping ideas and tips for fun camping activities kids will love! Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.

Campfire Fun Camping Activities Kids Love

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What kids wouldn’t want to roast their marshmallows with Telescoping Marshmallow Sticks and pop their own popcorn over the campfire using a Campfire Popcorn Holder while sitting in a totally fun Kids Camp Chair?!? They can also help with activities like gathering kindling and wood for the campfire. With adult supervision, they can help build and maintain the campfire for cooking too. Keep their camping chairs a safe distance from the fire and smoke and let them feel special with a chair fit for a kid!

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Campfires are such a big part of the camping experience, including activities for meal prep and cooking.  So, make mealtime part of the fun adventure; let the kids participate in preparing the campsite and food at whatever level is age appropriate. Kids love my Hobo Stew Recipe For A Campfire That Cooks In Foil Packets. They can pick and choose what ingredients they want in their meal.


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The culinary creations only kids can make are outrageous! They will love recipes like ‘Snake on a Stick’ and ‘Dirty Marshmallows’ from The Scout’s Campfire Cookbook For Kids! Whether the kids are camping with the family or with a Scout troop, this cookbook will keep them having fun cooking like little chefs in the wild!

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Camping Activities Need To Include Rest

There is nothing worse than fun camping activities being spoiled by cranky kids that did not get enough sleep.  To keep your campers smiling you need to keep them comfy and dry.  If you are tent camping there are lots of ways to stay comfortable; it all starts with a buffer between sleeping campers and the cold, hard and sometimes wet ground.

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Stay Off Of The Ground When Tent Camping

There are many ways to add a barrier between your kids and the ground, some of the most popular include using Kids Play Mat SetKids Inflatable Airbeds and Kids Camping Bunk Beds over your tent floor.  Cots are fabulous for this task but they are bulkier to pack and more expensive than the alternatives; the benefits outweigh the challenges for many campers and cots are the first choice.  The combination of a mat below an inflatable air mattress works wonders and packs up for easier transporting; it is also a cheaper option which is always a plus.

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Tent Or RV Camping? Let The Kids Snuggle-Up In Their Own Sleeping Bag

Even when camping in an RV, kids prefer sleeping in a sleeping bag rather than just sheets and blankets. Sleeping bags designed especially for kids make nights more rest-filled which makes daytime happy instead of cranky and tired! 😉 Make sure you get the right size bag for kids and let them pick a bag with their favorite colors and characters. One of the most popular bags for little girls is the Ladybug Sleeping Bag and boys love the Moose Sleeping Bag. For more traditional types of bags, a Mummy Sleeping Bag is great when camping in colder weather but some kids may feel a little claustrophobic in that style of bag. As an alternative, a more traditional style bag can be a great option like this Coleman Coleman Kids Sleeping Bag. This one happens to be rated for 50 degrees but they come in all sorts options ranging from extreme hot to extreme cold weather.

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Daytime vs. Nighttime: Fun Camping Activities Kids Love

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Think about kids activities around the campsite. It’s good to have daytime fun planned as well as nighttime entertainment. Consider this: If you are camping in the middle of summer you will have shorter periods of darkness; camping during the winter-ish month’s means less daylight. Here are a few ideas for daytime and nighttime activities for the kids around camp.


Outside Daytime Game Fun Activities For Kids

Kids of all ages love to get in on a good Ring Toss Game and Outdoor Scavenger Hunt GameBut, the one that seems to be the most popular, among the kids and adults alike, is the Bubble Gun Shooter … with LED flashing lights, this toy is so fun it will actually draw spectators from nearby campsites!

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Fun Nighttime Glow-In-The-Dark Camping Activities

When the sun creeps down below the horizon and the kiddos start getting feisty, it’s time to break out the glow toy activities. We’ve found a few favorites to keep the entertainment going during the evening hours before crawling into our sleeping bags for the nightGlow In The Dark Fidget SpinnerGlow In The Dark Body Paint and Glow In The Dark Party SticksA quick note of caution, clear the camping area of any tripping hazards before the kids begin to run around in the dark with these fun glow-in-the-dark activities. Warning For Adults: Fidget Spinners are addictive so act like grown-ups and share! Give the kids their toy back! 😉 LOL

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Safari Hunting For Butterflies and Insects

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Getting up-close and personal with bugs and birds! Those activities shoot to the top of the list for camping kids! Kids love catching and investigating critters! Those activities can be educational too! The Bugs A To Z book has fun facts and full-color photos of locusts, caterpillars, beetles, flies, grasshoppers, ants, praying mantis, and more! The National Geographic Kids Bird Guide Of North America helps kids understand and identify 100 species of birds plus it includes interesting information about eating habits, birdsongs, names, wingspans and more!

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Bug and bird watching gadgets make learning and investigating the critters waaaaay more fun for kids. The Outdoor Exploration Kit has just about everything a kid could need to explore for days! The lightweight  binoculars have a protective soft case that can attach to a belt, the simple hand crank flashlight has bright LED lights, the pocket sized compass is great for locating positions on maps and learning about wayfinding and direction, the 3x magnifying glass is perfect for inspecting plants and bugs, the whistle is a nice little safety device and all of that comes in a little backpack.

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For help capturing and inspecting the critters, kids love using gadgets like these: Kids Bug Net, Kids Bug Vacuum and Kids Bug Viewer Set. So far, I have been unable to understand why a kid will WANT to vacuum a bug from the ground around the campsite but WON’T vacuum dirt from the carpet around the house! Oh well, that mystery is waiting to be solved some other day! 😉 LOL.

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If you have a kid that is more of an artist than a scientist and would rather capture bugs and birds through the lens of a camera, this VTech Kidizoom Camera is the answer! This thing is a REAL CAMERA: 2.0 mega pixels camera with 4x digital zoom!!! Beyond that, it has four built-in games, a video recorder, voice recorder, photo collage templates, plus, static and animated photo effects!!! Seriously, kids that play with this camera are learning skills they need for future employment in the digital age. Making technology and nature exploration fun has tons of benefits! 🙂

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Kids have wild imaginations and the right gear will help them create memorable “safari” experiences even if you are camping nowhere near the plains of the African Serengeti. The Kids BinocularsKids Cargo Vest and Kids Lantern all work together to make lasting family memories and don’t forget to snap a few photos during these fun activities too!

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Indoor Rainy Day Camping Fun Activities For Kids

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Make sure you are prepared for those dreaded rain days! It is no fun sitting inside a tent or under an awning staring at each other with raindrops falling in the background! Camping Coloring BookCrayons and Kids Rock Painting Kit are great alternatives to outdoor fun for kids during rainy weather conditions.

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Staying in the nature theme with indoor games is a great way to minimize rainy camp days. Traditional bingo is taken to a whole new level with the Bug Bingo and Bird Bingo games. Shhhhhh, don’t tell the kids, but they might even learn something when they play these games too! 😉

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Fun Fishing Activities Kids Love

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For many adults, camping activities automatically include fishing, so why would it be any different for the kids? It is especially fun with the right gear! A Fishing And Adventure Vest has lots of pockets, a rod-holder strap and comes in fun colors. A Kid Casters Fishing Kit is the perfect “first” rod and reel set that comes with plugs for practicing casting on land but it can also be used to catch real fish! No fishing adventure would be complete without actually catching fish so giving kids a Fishing For Kids Book  book helps introduce them to the sport!

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Fun Camping Gear Just For Toddler

Some of the camping gear designed especially for toddlers will make you want to be a kid again yourself! These are so fun … and … the kids love them too! 😉

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Use A Camping Checklist

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Forgetting to pack the sleeping bags (or anything else for that matter) can negatively impact your camping trip. Organize at home and you’ll be sure to arrive at your campsite fully prepared for a fabulous weekend. My Ultimate RV and Tent Camping Checklist will keep you on track and you can download a free printable version here.

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Kim Hanna is the creator of Camping For Foodies®. On her blog, http://www.CampingForFoodies.com, she shares her passion for camping, hiking and cooking as well as living a balanced yet dream-pursuing life. Kim has appeared on several local TV networks, in magazines and at live special events as the ‘Modern Society Weekend Escape Expert’ she has become…inspiring others to unplug from their hectic lives one camp recipe at a time. She believes many adults are so consumed with their 24/7 connected lives that they don’t take time to enjoy nature and live in the moment. Kim gladly issues “permission slips” to adults who request them! She is a contributor to AZ Outdoor Magazine and has her own cooking segment on the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show. Kim is a Christian and lives in Phoenix with her husband and two cats.

4 thoughts on “Fun Camping Activities Kids Love (and adults will too!)

  • 28 January, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    These are all useful ideas. Our kids used to love the junior ranger programs.

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    • 29 January, 2016 at 8:00 am
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      Hi Barbara! I’m glad to hear that you appreciate these tips; I don’t think the junior ranger programs will ever go out of style. They are so fun for “kids” of all ages. (I believe there are some adults who enjoy the programs as much as their kids do…ha ha.)

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  • 1 November, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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    Always looking for fun things to do with the kids on our camping trips. Found a couple of gems in your list. Thanks for sharing!

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