5 Games to Play When Camping with the Kids

By Gemma Tyler

Camping with the kids can be a wonderful experience, but we all know that’s it’s not always easy. After all, it’s important to keep them occupied and entertained so that they don’t get bored – especially on rainy days or the evenings where adventuring through the woods is no longer an option.

Camping games are often the best course of action, and they not only provide them with masses of fun, but they can also bring everyone closer together.

To help you choose the best camping games to play with your kids, we have gathered the top five – and they can be played with children of all ages. Plus, we have made sure to keep the mess to a minimum so that you have less to worry about.

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#1 Campfire Stories

This is a classic camping activity, and one that is perfect for the evenings just before you all settle down for sleep. It’s perfect for kids of all ages, and you can decide what kind of stories are shared around the fire.

Whether you are exchanging scary tales or want to keep things calm with some relaxing bedtime stories, the choice is yours, and the kids will love it all the same. However, we highly recommend that this activity is accompanied by roasting marshmallows or a healthy dose of S’mores!

#2 Camping Olympics

This game might end up with your kids a little muddy, but it is great fun for every member of the family. It’s a fully customisable game, but the objective is to split into teams and race to complete an obstacle course. You can choose how difficult it is, but things like weaving between cones and crawling through hoops that have been wedged into the ground often prove to be popular choices. You could even go one step further and use some netting for everyone to army crawl under.

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#3 Scavenger Hunt

This makes a great activity for hanging out at the campsite, but also works amazingly for when you are out on the trail, and the kids are starting to get a little bored. You can buy insect and bird bingo books or make them yourself, but the aim of the game is to find and mark off as many as you can.

For older kids, you can even increase the difficulty and include specific types of plant or leaves for a bit of a challenge. It’s an educational game and will help keep their minds engaged while you hike.

#4 Rock Painting

Rainy days happen, and they aren’t always the best, but there are ways to keep the little ones (and big ones) occupied. Ditch the classic colouring books and take some time to gather a few smooth rocks when you arrive onsite. You can put these aside and use them for rock painting when the rain comes.

Rock painting is a lot of fun, and you can create an amazing range of animals and plant life on them. Plus, it will keep everyone busy for hours as well as make for a wonderful bonding activity. It makes for the perfect memento from a family holiday.

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#5 Ring Toss

This is a classic game, and one that we have all played at least once. You can pick up loads of portable kits for ring toss that you can bring with you to the site, and it’s a great way to entertain the kids in the evening while they are waiting for dinner.

The game has simple rules, and presents them with a fun challenge, Plus, it allows for some friendly competition between family members, and it is a game that the adults can join in with too. You could even up the stakes with a children vs adults round.

To Conclude

Hopefully, you have a few ideas for what to do with the kids when it comes to keeping them entertained on your next camping trip. There’s so much to do, and these games are sure to help get rid of some of their boundless energy. We hope that your next family adventure is a brilliant success!

About the Author

Gemma Tyler is a writer and blogger. If you are interested in more information on hiking and camping, then check out her ultimate camping guide and checklist for more details

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35 thoughts on “5 Games to Play When Camping with the Kids

  • February 21, 2018 at 7:02 pm
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    What a fun list! I love the combination of creative and physical activities. And the minimal mess part is wonderful as well, of course 🙂

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  • February 11, 2018 at 6:47 pm
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    Those things are fun for kids for sure. I know scavenger hunts for various things and then putting them back in scrapbooks in the end will be great. I wouldn’t have thought olympics.

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  • February 11, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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    My husband loves camping but he doesn’t always understand that the kids don’t love just relaxing by the fire all day.

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    • February 13, 2018 at 2:53 pm
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      Haha…..I know what you mean there Rachel…..Kids only enjoy that bit if it involved marshmallows.

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  • February 11, 2018 at 1:53 am
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    That all sounds like a lot of fun activities for camping. I think my niece and nephews would like to do those, but its either too hot or too cold to do so.

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  • February 11, 2018 at 12:42 am
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    Awesome ideas, we are going for trek next month with my son, and It looks that we would love Scavenger hunting and rock painting tons.

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    • February 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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      Better than being stuck in front of the TV or an Ipad that’s for sure

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  • February 10, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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    We have not gone camping in like forever. Things really change when the kids are grown! I wish we can do this again sometime. I really miss those times when my kids were still young.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 10:07 pm
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    This is a great list of games! Our kids go camping with my husband and cub scouts in the summer.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 9:13 pm
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    Rock painting is a great idea. I’ve seen some gorgeous painted rocks. I would do this myself!

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  • February 10, 2018 at 7:19 pm
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    I love all these ideas – we always enjoy a scavenger hunt too! We like making things from what we find – making pretend campfires and shelters with sticks, leaves and rocks is always a favourite game.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 3:20 pm
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    Such great ideas, each time I go on camping with my grandchildren campfire stories happens to be my favorite. And the children love it.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 1:33 pm
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    I really want to go camping with my kiddos at some point. Hoping this summer but it may be too soon after baby, so next may be the time. I will have to keep these in mind. Great ideas to keep them entertained!

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  • February 10, 2018 at 5:40 am
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    Great info, camping is fun and great for kids, it enhances their skills and strategy.. scavenger hunt is my liam’s fave..

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  • February 10, 2018 at 3:52 am
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    I’ve never ever been campaign in my life. Once my children are old enough this is something we would so do. Sounds pretty entertaining, unplug and just simply enjoy nature.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 1:55 am
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    Great information about camping games for kids. Will definitely bringing these ideas when we go camping soon. My fave among your list is the rock painting.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 1:11 am
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    All great ideas. I’m not a camper, but I do live in the country. These are games that can be played any day where I live!

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  • February 10, 2018 at 12:23 am
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    I love all of them, it must do such a good day out with camping and rock painting! Can’t wait to have my little one and go out with him and do all these activities, X

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  • February 10, 2018 at 12:18 am
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    As much as I love nature, I must say, I have never gone camping. Now, I really want to try that with my girls.

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  • February 9, 2018 at 11:55 pm
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    I camped out quite a bit in my younger years. I love all the activity ideas for kids. Rock painting sounds like a blast. And I’m sure kids would love the camping Olympics. This really seems like it can be a blast. .

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  • February 9, 2018 at 11:53 pm
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    I LOVED camping as a kid! When my two littlest kiddos are older I DEFINITELY want to go on a camping trip as a family. It would be so much fun. I love all these ideas. Especially a nature scavenger hunt and campfire stories!

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  • February 9, 2018 at 11:00 pm
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    We have never gone camping as a whole family because my kids are afraid of bugs. Before my son goes off the school we are going to do this tho!

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  • February 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm
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    Oh how fun! I love the rock painting activity. The Olympics also look like so much fun.

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  • February 9, 2018 at 9:52 pm
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    Great ideas and so much fun! Camping together as a family is something I would like to start doing more.

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  • February 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm
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    I like the idea of putting together some creative Olympic games! Telling campfire stories is always fun too.

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