What to do with the kids when camping, a few of my suggestions
By Roy F. Brown
Keeping your kids from being bored while camping can sometimes be challenging.
Here are some tips that should keep their minds and bodies occupied,
which will also make your trip more enjoyable and relaxing.
There is a lot to do around a campsite. Setting
up the tent/trailer, gathering firewood, and more. Don't let your kids just
sit on the sidelines while you do all of the work. Get them to pitch in
and make it a fun, family activity. Have a contest to see who can gather
the most firewood. When there's competition between siblings involved,
you'll be surprised how willing they are to help out.
I used to go exploring.
If there was a woods or stream in the area, I found it and found
all kinds of adventure. Go on a family hike. Take turns letting the
kids lead the group (they love to be included and in charge). Turn exploration
into a game and have a scavenger hunt. Whoever finds the items on
their list first wins an extra s'more.
If you have any crafty kids this is also a great opportunity to bring
out the artsy in them. Let them get creative with what they've found.
Bring along a bottle of glue, some craft paper and turn their imagination
loose. You might be surprise with what they can do with a pinecone.
ahead of time to find out what kind of wildlife you may encounter and encourage
the kids to research those animals. Bring along books to help identify
wildlife spotted while camping. Have discussions with the children about
what to do when encountering wildlife. What do you do if you come upon
a snake or bear in the wild? What do you do if you find an injured or lost animal?
What would camping be without a fire, story telling, and of course,
food. Hot dogs roasted on a 'clean' stick, toasted marshmallows, or bring
along a pie iron
with a few ingredients and let them get creative making their own
sandwiches. Fruit filling, pizza sauce, cheese, salsa are some of the ingredients
you can use. If you need help here is a Pie Iron Recipes Book
full of ideas.
On rainy days, if you're forced to stay inside, make popcorn and play cards.
Some of the best memories come from the family sitting around a table
playing games and talking.
Kids may think of it all as work
and avoid participating at first, but after a while they'll come to realize that
anything is more fun that just sitting around and getting eaten by mosquitoes.