Keep Kids Busy at Your Campsite: 8 Awesome Ideas

Keep Kids Busy at Your Campsite: 8 Awesome Ideas

Camping with families is always a great fun. Camping with kids makes lasting memories.

Instead, camping with kids can also be a challenge, as you will have lots of thing to do including preparing your meals. You may not always have time to look after the kids. They will run and play everywhere. Accidents easily happen.

So it will be great if you can find something that kids can do at the picnic table. You can try these awesome ideas below:


1. Coloring Books with Crayons

Coloring books are not just for toddlers to enjoy their crayons. Older kids can also enjoy coloring fun with some very detailed ones.

  • For younger kids: Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Book
  • For older kids and teenagers: Paisley Designs Coloring Book
  • Crayons: Large jumbo sized crayons are less easy to break, perfect for young kids.


You can also find other coloring books in the market that not only for fun but also great for teaching and learning.

Some websites offers free eBook for readers to download. You can download and print. Or you can also make simple ones by yourself!



2. Word Search & Other Word Game Books

It works great for kids who can read. You can teach them this word search game. Then they can play alone or together.

These books are recommended:

  • The Everything Kids’ Word Search Book
  • The Everything Kids’ Puzzle Book: Mazes, Word Games, Puzzles and More
  • Fantastically Fun Crossword Puzzle For kids



3. Card Games

Card games can be easily stored in your bag or pocket and played anywhere. There are so many ways to have fun with a simple deck of cards.

Here are a few family favorites:

  • Uno (or Uno junior)
  • Scrabble Slam
  • Go Fish
  • Old Maid

You can play at the table, or directly on the blanket if you need more space for more people.

Easy Card Games for Kids


4. Let Them Draw

Let them draw at the campsite. Take a blank pad of paper and a few pens or pencils with you. And let the kids draw at the campsite when you don’t have time to play with them.

If your kids are older, you can try doing a round robin story: each person adds a sentence to the story before passing the pad of paper on to the next person. This person should loudly read out the story from beginning to end, then adds their own sentence, and later pass the pad of paper on to the person next to him/her.

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5. Tell Stories Of Your Lives

You can also tell stories of the lives of yours and your families. Kids are interested in stories happen when they were born or when you are at their ages. They will feel special and more connected with their parents.



6. Books to Read

Reading is a good habit that benefits a person through his whole life. Parents should encourage the kids to read. You can try doing this by taking some of your kids’ favorite books when you are out camping together. Then they can read when it’s raining outside the tent or when you are too busy to look after them.

It’ll be great if you have already built a home library for your kids!

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7. I Spy

The classic “I SPY” game is great as it does not require you to pack anything extra. It’s a guessing game where the spy says “I spy with my little eye …” and players have to guess the object the Spy saw. It’s great for passing time.



8. Set up a Slackline

Kids, especially boys, will absolutely love slack lining! This is a new sport that started with climbers and it’s great for our core strength and balance. The kids are pros. Throw it in a bag and your kids will have themselves a portable and funny toy.

The kids are pros.

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