Camping trips can be very fun, if everyone likes camping. However, when it comes to kids, you will be surprised to see that they are not very thrilled about spending so much time outdoors, away from video games. Nonetheless, it is important to teach children about the joys of spending time outdoors and what better way to do this than with some cool camping games.
Capture the flag
Remember how much fun this game used to be when we were little? Sadly, kids nowadays no longer play such games, because classic games can’t really compete with the cool stories and fancy designs of modern video games. Nevertheless, we have a cool way in which you can get kids interested in outdoor games. Take a look at the Redux Capture the Flag Game. It is based on the same concept as the classic game, but it comes with a glowing props kit, which allows you to play the game in the evening. Not only that, but it also includes some special variations which give a new twist to each game. However, be careful if you are playing this game in a forest. You don’t want the kids to stray far away from you, so make sure everybody understands that they are not to leave the designated territory. To be on the safe side, only play this game in an open environment where you can keep an eye on the kids.
A treasure hunt or a scavenger hunt is a great way for kids to explore an outdoor environment, to get some exercise and also to have a lot of fun. The difference between a treasure hunt and a scavenger hunt, is that the treasure hunt implies someone who has to design a treasure map or who has to hide clues in the playing area. A scavenger hunt is simply a hunt in which the players us retrieve certain objects. If you don’t want to put too much effort into this, consider a scavenger hunt where the kids must look for outdoorsy elements such a pine cones, acorns, weirdly shaped rocks, flowers, green leaves, wild leaves and anything else that you can think of. While this game is completely safe, make sure that the kids stay in your eyesight. It can be very easy to get lost in the forest.
As you can see, playing camping games can be very fun, but as an adult, you need to keep an eye on the kids, so that they don’t wander off and get lost. To avoid this from happening, you can use the camping experience, to also teach the kids some orientation skills. To be even more cautious, you should also buy some walkies-talkies. You may think that they are pointless now that everybody has smartphones, but in most natural environments cellphone signal can be very bad. Plus, we guarantee that all kids will love playing with walkies-talkies.