6 Kid-Friendly Camping Activities for an Unforgettable Trip!

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6 Kid Friendly Camping Activities

6 Kid Friendly Camping Activities for an Unforgettable Trip

There’s something about camping that really does soothe the soul. Being unplugged from our busy lives, spending time in nature and relaxing with the ones we love is just what we need to reboot and reconnect with our families and friends.

It’s so important for us to take the time sharing new experiences and family moments with our kids. These moments are what they will carry with them into adulthood.

Over the years we’ve tried a lot of different activities for entertainment and fun; some made for a great time, others were a complete FAIL but each time brought memories we’re likely never to forget.

If you’re getting ready for a camping trip with the kids, here are my favorite Kid Friendly Activities for your next camping trip.

6 Kid-Friendly Camping Activities:

Scavenger Hunt:

A scavenger hunt is always at the top of the list. As a mom, it’s one of my favorites because not only is it fun, it’s educational. It can be adapted to fit any age group and both the kids and adults can enjoy it together. (Tip: For younger kids use pictures in place of words). It’s also a great way to get to know your campsite and the campground better if you make it a longer scavenger hunt around the campground (finding the bathrooms, water source, other amenities or fun aspects to the campground)


You don’t have to be a skilled fisherman to enjoy the relaxation and togetherness that fishing offers. Always make sure you know the laws of the state you are in when fishing; some may require a license. For some added fun, make homemade fishing poles. Not only is this a fun creative activity, it can save you a ton of cash. We don’t typically fish unless we are camping so this works perfectly for us.

Hacky Sack:

Kids of all ages will stay entertained for hours playing with a hacky sack. It’s inexpensive and can be fun in a group or freestyle. If you like to sew, you can make these at home before you leave fairly easy.

Photo Walk:

Nowadays everyone’s a photographer. Whether you sport a professional camera, a disposable or your smart phone you can all try to capture the most unique and wildest images. After the trip, print them all and make a photo collage of your trip or Dad can put on a digital frame or order a photo book for an extra special gift for Mom. (If you want to forego hiding behind a camera, check out geocaching; it’s always exciting to see things that others have left behind)

Make a Fire:

Let the kid’s help you collect wood and start the fire. This is a great opportunity to teach them survival skills and safety. Teach them the responsibility of tending to the fire and expose them to matches and lighters. Your boys will love you for this! I think they all have a little bit of firebug in them. We’ve let the kids cook their own hotdogs over the fire using a stick they find; they enjoy it and it makes for one easy dinner! (S’mores for dessert) Don’t forgot to show them what’s appropriate to burn (avoid plastics!) and how to properly put out a fire.  {Another fun camping recipe are these Cheesy Sausage Rolls, which you can wrap up & put on the fire grate)

Flashlight Fun:

We always invest in enough flashlights for everyone to have one. It can be helpful after dark but it can also add hours of fun. Making flashlight shadows, playing flashlight tag or just reading by flashlight are all favorites for us. The possibilities are endless!

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