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A few weeks back I took the kids camping. It was such a wonderful experience for them. They have never been before- we don’t camp much in our family, so it was a big deal! While we were getting ready, the kids wanted to know if we were bringing the iPad with us. I laughed and said no we were not- my kids really don’t play on it that much, but apparently they couldn’t imagine life without it! They wanted to know what we would DO while were camping. I assured them they would be surprised at how much there was to do. Once were were there, they never had thoughts of any of our electronics that were left behind. They are already planning our next trip!
Are you going camping this summer with your family? If so, here are some fun things to keep the kids busy while out in the woods without the things that plug in.
1. Campfire songs and stories– bring a list of some of your old-time favorite campfire songs, stories, or poems to sing/read around the campfire.
2. Flashlight tag– bring lots of flashlights and play a game of tag with them.
3. Star Gazing– bring your star guides and try to find some constellations. The stars are much brighter away from all of the lights of the city.
4. Nature Scavenger Hunt– make a list of things for them to find and have them go on a hunt- maybe not to collect, but to observe. Need a few ideas? (Animal tracks, rocks, different types of leaves, insects, birds, wildflowers, etc)
5. Listen to nature and try to identify the sounds- birds, grasshoppers, etc.)
6. Capture the Flag is always lots of fun if you have a group.
7. Fishing– bring your poles or nets and catch some fish if you are near water.
8. Hiking-check before you go to see if there are any good trails near where you will be camping- or just explore and find one.
9. S’mores! We all love s’mores- make sure your kids get a chance to have these wonderful summertime treats!!
10. Toys and Games– bring along a few card games, a frisbee or ball fotr the kids to play with.
11. Exploring and Observing– Let the kids just spend time exploring and observing nature. Bring magnifying glasses, sketch books, cameras, jars for collecting, etc.
12. Teach Basic Skills– It is great for kids to learn some of the skills needed for camping- teach them to help set up the tent, start a fire (if they are old enough), cooking over a fire, safety…
If you aren’t brave enough to venture into the big out doors for real camping- why not try it out in your back yard- or even safer- your living room! The kids will still love it!!
See what others from the Schoolhouse Review Team are saying about camping this summer here. (Link will be live Tuesday Morning)