Archive for the ‘Camping Games’ Category

Camping Ideas for Kids

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Camping can be a wonderfully rewarding, enjoyable, character-building activity for kids. But when you have a pandemic at hand, camping can get challenging, which is why I introduce you these 5 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained During Quarantine. It can also be one heck of a challenge! Taking children out into the woods away from their PlayStation and Wii while insisting they leave their handheld PSP behind already puts you in quite the hole in terms of helping them have a good time and keeping them entertained. Thankfully, as you and I both know, once they get out there and brighten up their attitude, they'll see that camping can actually be quite fun!

Here are some ways to help make camping rewarding and enjoyable for your kids and their friends.

1. Build enthusiasm about the trip by including them as part of the planning. Take them to the grocery store so they can choose what snacks to bring and what games to play.

2. Make them have some modicum of responsibility during your camping excursion. Even if it's something as simple as helping set up the tent or collect firewood. Give them some type of task that will help them feel like they're a contributing hand in making the camping a success. Reassure them that there will be plenty of time for fun and games but that before you can do that, a little work must be done. This work-reward pattern is something many kids in this generation miss out on which is a shame because it's very character building. You can make the camp chores fun by having awards for most sticks collected, fastest clean-up, etc.

3. Have these activities ready for your kids to enjoy. When I was a kid, my Dad brought out a bb-gun and had us shoot at empty cola cans from 30 feet away. I was only about 7 at the time and still remember how awesome it was to shoot a "real gun"! There are so many possible camping activities for kids and many of them are things they never get the chance to do in the city. Consider some of the following:

  • Scavenger hunt (first kid to find all items on list wins)
  • Rubbing souvenirs (place a leaf vien-side-up under a piece of paper, rub a crayon over the leaf)
  • Frisbee, baseball, or football to toss around
  • Camping races (one-legged race, sack race, backwards race with teams and partners)
  • Alphabet nature hunt (have to find something that starts with each letter)
  • Constellation and satellite search at night
  • UNO, checkers or other picnic-table games
  • Camping Olympics (organize a series of games with points awarded based on finish)
  • Hide and seek (nature makes a great place to play hide and seek, just be sure to establish boundaries)

With any competitive event, be mindful of everyone and keep it fun for all. Winners should not be praised too much nor losers chastized. After all, it's just camping!

4. Use your time out in nature to instill valuable skills with your kids. Teach them about fire safetey. Show them poisonous leaves so they know what to avoid.

5. When in doubt, have fun! I think you could agree that some of the best memories you form as a child take place while camping, so have a blast!

Camping Games Aren’t Just For Kids

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Who says games are for kids? Some of best times I’ve had while camping have been during a game of ladder golf and nobody would mistake me for a kid anymore!

Give the gift of fun to your friends and family who go camping by giving them a great camping game! Here’s my favorites: ladder golf game picture

Ladder Golf
(also called blongo ball, hillbilly horseshoes, hillbilly golf, redneck golf, and a few other names that I can’t put in print). It’s my all time favorite camping game. It’s also a great game to play when tailgating. The game is played by throwing bolos (2 golf balls connected by a string of rope) at a three-rung ladder with different points values awarded depending on which rung (if any) the players hook their bolos on. The first person or team to 21 points wins.

cornhole game picture
Cornhole – It’s another tossing game where beanbags (traditionally ones filled with hard corn kernels hence the catchy name of Cornhole) are tossed at a hole on a board and points are scored for getting the bean bag through the hole, and also usually for getting the bag to land on the board. Yes, this list of my favorite camping games will be heavily weighted with tossing games but that’s because it’s not exactly a good idea to play a tossing game in your living room.

washers game picture
Washers – yep, it’s another tossing game but this time it’s large oversized washers that are thrown at a target. There’s a lot of different variations of the game but I like the version pictured here because the two boxes used in the game hook together and close up with enough room inside to store the washers which makes it a great game to take camping, tailgating, or for a day at the park.
bocce ball game picture
Bocce Ball – It’s a lawn bowling game that originated in Italy. It’s meant to be played on a flat grassy surface but we’ve found it’s more fun and more challenging when the terrain is uneven, hilly, and has obstacles in the way like stones or trees. We can pretty much make any surface we have available to us at the campground work. If we went back to playing it on a flat grassy lawn we’d probably think it was boring.
frisbee golf picture
Frisbee Golf – Our family plays it by choosing whatever targets are available to us whether it’s our camper, a picnic table, a tree, etc. Then whoever can get their frisbee disc to the target first wins that round.

It’s important to have some indoor games handy when camping as well because those rainy days will happen which means you and your family will want something to do besides stare out the camper window and wishing for the rain to stop.
camp board game picture
Camp Board Game
is a fun outdoor themed game for kids as well as adults. The goal is to get to camp first. Along the way players learn fun facts about the great outdoors.
planet earth monopoly game picture
If you want to give a more traditional board game with an outdoor twist, how about the Planet Earth version of Monopoly? Instead of buying properties players buy, sell and trade the earth’s more beautiful environments and mysterious creatures.

So don’t delay. Gift the gift of fun today!

Activities for Kids While Camping

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

In this age of technology, camping with children can present problems with boredom. If you plan ahead and have activities in mind, they won’t have time to get bored. Kids play an important part in your life. Therefore, you need to take their absolute care so that they get the best in the world. This is applicable to any items that you purchase for your kids. In this article, we would deal with shoes because kids shoes are an essential accessory for every child. There are wide varieties of brands that produce shoes for kids. Their feet are delicate and keeping in mind this particular aspect, the different companies manufacture different kinds of shoes for the kids. Apart from that, there are several other occasions for which kids shoes are required. You cannot afford to make your child wear the same shoe in all the occasion. There are other occasions like birthday parties or a casual going out when your child would again require kids shoes. We’ve been selling a complete range of premium quality Kids Shoes since 2005. Catering for the very young with soft sole baby shoes to fast-moving toddlers with durable boots and sandals for boys & girls and finally dress shoes for boys and girls to suit all occasions. You are sure to find something you love at Atti & Anna. These shoes can be slightly gorgeous and if you look for these shoes you would definitely find shoes designed for kids which are attractive as well as gorgeous. These kinds of shoes are suitable for all kinds of occasions and your kid would just love to wear them. However, when you purchase them, you need to ensure that these shoes are of good quality and made with good quality materials. It is your duty to purchase the right shoe for your child for the right occasion so that their feet remains protected. If you purchase good quality kids shoes from a good brand, you can also be assured that their feet would receive the maximum comfort that it deserves. If you want to buy shoes for your children online make sure to shop at reputed stores. This is because unlike an offline store where you can physically try on the shoes on your child, there is no such option in an online store. All you have to go by is the description and picture of the shoes in question. Of course, size and other features are always mentioned but before you buy shoes for your kid online you need to know the size of your toddler’s feet. Ideally, you should get your kid’s feet professionally measured at the nearest shoe store in your locality. Measuring your kid’s feet helps you know exactly, which size of shoes they need. The kind of materials used is a critical aspect to consider when you buy new shoes for your kid online. One good choice when it comes to shoe material is leather. Leather is not only durable but it helps sustain dryness and also keeps your kid’s feet cool. Leather also keeps common foot ailments like smelly feet, blisters and general discomfort at bay. When you buy kids shoes online, make sure to avoid shoes, which have a hard upper surface. These can cause corns on your kid’s feet. Make sure to check the description of the soles of the shoe when you buy kids shoes online. The soles should be constructed of a robust material so that your kid does not suffer any pain or injury when running or playing. While the usage of a robust sole is advised, flexibility should also be incorporated into the sole so that the shoe can bend along with the feet. Since kids are always playing or running around, this is a crucial aspect when you buy kids shoes online.

Make up your own games: my husband brought a tennis ball with us on one trip. He probably also had some racquets in the back because he was telling he he’d come across a good head tennis rackets for sale sign offering him discount the other day. We used it by playing a game on the picnic table ? sort of like ping pong where the paddle is your hand. See how many bounces you can get before it hits the ground. You can also create other ‘challenges’ such as making the ball bounce once off the table, off a tree, or into a box. Just have fun with it!

Hiking: this can be fun and enjoyable for all ages. Just make sure you select a trail that is appropriate for all skill levels, since it’s easy to find plenty of reviews for any trail on the Internet nowadays. Take a water bottle and a snack for everyone. Wear the right kind of shoes for the type of hiking you will be doing.

Board and card games: we take several games with us on each trip. Let the kids decide which ones to take.

Flashlight tag: a favorite of our kids! Make sure you are not in a potentially dangerous area (drop-offs). Set boundaries. Respect the campsites of others around you.

Slingshot : We bought some slingshots at a hardware store on a camping trip one year. They became the highlight of the trip! We had contests all weekend to see who could hit certain objects the most.

Bike riding: we usually take our bicycles on our camping trips. Our kids love to ride their bikes on the campground roads. We camped near a “Rails-to-Trails” route twice and really enjoyed it (Virginia Creeper Trail).

Ranger Programs: state parks and national parks usually have programs set up by the Park Rangers. These are very informative, interactive, and educational. Also check into the Junior Ranger program for children. This kept our kids very busy one weekend ? and years later they still have their Junior Ranger badges that they earned.

Sightsee: find out in advance things to do in the area. Explore nearby small towns.

Geocaching: a fun way to treasure hunt!! You will need a GPS enabled device (ok, so you need technology for this).