15+ Tenting Video games To Preserve Children Entertained In The Nice Outdoor

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As the temperate weather creeps in, so does the urge to dust the cobwebs from the family tent and spend some time in the great outdoors. The jokes by the fire, being able to live with the basics (because you forgot to pack what you need) and just the time to unwind from life at home – it’s all so relaxing and wonderful. Camping offers the perfect opportunity to connect with your family and friends. Of course, not everyone loves camping so much that they ask for camping supplies as gifts. Children in particular often find it difficult to have fun in nature away from electronics, friends and air conditioning. To convince them how much fun this favorite pastime is (and keep them from asking why there’s no wifi for the millionth time), you might need to break out a few camping games.

You may also have a no-saying partner in your household who claims you can create a relatively compelling camping experience in your backyard. And sure… technically you could. But, come on, it’s a lot more fun to get away from — and even when camping is disastrous, it tends to create the kind of memories that last a lifetime. The tent that collapses on you in the middle of the night during the monsoon may not seem funny now. Years later, however, it could be the hilarious story your now-grown child tells their child on the way back to that sacred campsite.

Before you can get to that point, you need to get her there and entertain her enough to get her hooked. These camping games should help even the least outdoorsy person you know to have a little fun.

1. Cup record

The name is simple. You start by sitting on the floor and placing a cup on your head or forehead. The first person to get into a standing position with the cup on their head wins. Easy enough right? And it’s not exactly “camping related”. Still, it’s an easy and distracting game for your kids while the adults struggle to set up the tent.

2. Camping Bingo

This requires a bit more preparation than some games since you’ll want to print out the bingo cards before you leave the house. Give everyone a card full of things they might find on your camping trip and have them cross them out when they see them. This game can take place throughout your camping adventure, with everyone sticking a map in their back pocket (you just need to remind them occasionally to look out while hiking or boating). Or you can make this a special activity by giving each person a card and sending them off to find things within a certain game time. However you choose to play, it’s a simple and fun game for all ages.

3. Flashlight Day

do you have flashlights Do you have a relatively safe campsite? Have your kids run (within certain limits of course) and use your flashlight to mark “It”.

4. I spy

I Spy when camping is just as useful as I Spy in the car. When you’re on a long hike and your kids are starting to remember the shows they might be watching at home, whip out this classic game. Just try to avoid blurting out, “I’m spying on something loud and obnoxious.” No matter how much you want to shadow your fourteen-year-old, who of course is loud and obnoxious.

5. Velcro darts

You have to buy this in advance or grab the ones you already have in the garage. But just like the cup balancing game, it’s something for your kids that requires minimal setup. Hang one of those cheap Velcro dartboards on the side of your tent or on a low branch and they’ll keep them busy for at least 10 minutes.

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6. Luminous ring toss

You’re a parent, so you probably already know this, but everything is more fun when it’s glowing or glowing. This game only requires a few items that you probably already have in your collection bin: a plastic party cup, an extra large glowstick, and some glowstick chains.

To get the game started, poke a hole in the bottom of your party cup. Break your extra large glow stick so it glows, then stick it through the hole in the bottom of your plastic party cup. You may need to use glow tape to attach the cup to your playing surface. It should look a bit like a broomstick with the party cup as the base and the extra large glow stick as the handle. Then give the kids the glow-in-the-dark necklaces and see who’s the best at avoiding your newly created target!

7. Tug of War

do you have a rope Got some energy to use up? Tug of War is the answer. Go boys against girls, parents against kids, or even younger siblings against an older sibling. Whichever variation you choose, your kids will no doubt end up in a giggling bunch.

8. Painted Rock Tic-Tac-Toe

This tic-tac-toe option is awesome because it’s a two-piece. On your first day of camping you can let your children collect rocks and paint them. The next day (or even later on day one) they can use the same tiles to play a classic game of tic-tac-toe. It’s the perfect tent-based activity during pop-up storms and a way to relax but still have fun during your campsite’s designated quiet hours.

9. Rainbow Camping Scavenger Hunt

Thats is quite easy. Once your kids know the concept of ROY G. BIV (the colors of the rainbow), they can do it on their own. Just send them into your predetermined safe zone and have them try to collect something to represent each color of the rainbow. You could make it even more challenging by setting turn 1 for pure nature objects and turn 2 for picking up junk.

10. Teamwork Water Tower

That storage tub you packed all your camping essentials in? Time to put it to a new use. Fill it with seawater (or whatever you have on hand) and have one family member place it on the feet of all the other family members while they are lying on their backs with their feet (socks) in the air. As your family works together to hold up the water container with their feet, each person takes turns trying to pull off a sock. Does your trash can spill? can you keep it up The game is over when everyone takes off both socks…or you drop the water!

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11. Corn hole

Almost everyone now has a cornhole set, and if you don’t have it, chances are you have friends who do. Also, many campsites have them in their recreation area. However, it never hurts to invest in your own bag set. And you can even hire a local artisan to use fabrics to represent your family’s shared interests. This game is fun for kids and easy enough for even the drunkest of adults (if you decide to leave the kids at home or by the wings).

12. Square game

Sometimes rainstorms pop out of nowhere and you find yourself stuck in a tent, car, or hiding under some other shelter with limited space to play. However, as long as you have a notepad and pen, there is always fun. To play the family style square game, start by drawing a grid of dots on a piece of paper – 12 to 15 rows of 12 to 15 dots each. Space the dots about half an inch apart. Each player takes turns drawing a line from any point to a vertically or horizontally adjacent point.

The goal? To form a square by connecting four dots. Whenever a player draws a line that completes a square, they may write their initials and continue. After all possible lines have been drawn, the person with the most initialed squares wins.

13. Water Bottle Bowling

All you really need for this are a couple of half-full water bottles and a relatively heavy ball (think: a kickball or that rogue bocce ball that came with the set you lost a long time ago). Add glow sticks to the water bottles and wrap some glow tape around your ball for night time play.

14. The naturalist’s tic-tac-toe

Do you have sticks, flowers and stones? Of course you do; you camp Send your kids out to collect enough of these natural play materials to build a board (the sticks) and two opposing game pieces (the flowers and stones). This will keep the kids busy for a hot minute so you can light the fire or hose down and save the hoses for tomorrow.

15. Silent disco

While camping is meant to be a time to unwind, it’s also a great time to let loose, be a little wild, and enjoy a level of darkness you probably can’t find at home. Load your kids up with glow sticks and glow trinkets (and maybe even glow paint), give them earbuds, AirPods or wireless headphones, and let them dance to their heart’s content. You can have them listen to the same songs (which you control with your phone) or let them do their electronics and each choose their own songs. The latter is actually a lot funnier to watch.

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16. Yard Twister

Bring some natural-safe spray paint and use your paper plates to create a grassy twister board. Then watch your kids fall over themselves at a game they loved just as much when they were younger (and more pliable).