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Camping Games for Kids

Camping games for kids – activities at the campsite

Camping games for kids are a great idea to think about before your camping or glamping trip to Wild Boar Wood or Beech Estate Campsites. You might want to bring some things with you like a deck of cards, a favourite board game or a set of boules. But fear not – even if you have no man-made resources to hand, nature and a little imagination can provide. Read on for our ideas of camping games for kids…

A hand of playing cards - but not all camping games for kids need equipment

Not all camping games for kids need equipment

Natural naughts and crosses

Finding the resources for this game is a fun challenge before you even start! Collect four long, thin sticks to lay out a noughts and crosses grid and then collect two sets of five similar items – such as five pine cones and five leaves or five acorns and five stones. Two players can then play against each other as you would in noughts and crosses with each selecting their set of markers and taking it in turns to lay them in the grid with the aim of being the first one to get three pine cones, leaves or acorns in a row.

Hide and seek

Camping in East Sussex - Beech Estate Campsite

Camping games for kids – hide and seek in the woods

Hide and seek needs no explanation but is one of the truly great camping games for kids.

The Colour Hunt

Send the kids off with a pot to keep their treasures in. They need to find as many different coloured things as possible. It could be fallen leaves, flowers, pine cones, bark, anything you can find in nature. Once you have everything come back to your tent and make a rainbow collage of your findings.

Cloud shapes

Camping games - cloud shapes

What could be better than lying back and looking at the sky from your wooded glade at our campsites? Challenge the kids to spot familiar shapes in the clouds.

Rock, paper, scissors

Another old classic but can be surprisingly addictive and while it was a popular playground pastime for older generations, it’s just possible that your kids have never played it.

A nature scavenger hunt

Camping games for kids

Come up with a list of things for your kids to find in the woods and send them out to scavenge – for example: an oak leaf, an acorn, a pine cone, a stick that looks like the letter Y, a bluebell, a white flower… the list can be as long as you like! Just take a look around for inspiration.

Alphabet scavenger hunt

As above but more tricky! Challenge your kids to find something from the woodland beginning with each letter of the alphabet. You might need to let them pick some stuff from the camp area too (a zip for the Z, for example!).

Campfire group story

Campfire story time at Sussex glamping site

One of the camping games for kids that needs to be played around the campfire. While sitting in a circle start a story, perhaps with the words “Once upon a time…”, and then have each person take turns to add a word to build a tale. You’ll probably get some interesting results but it’ll keep the kids entertained.

Learn the easy way to make a campfire with our handy guide

Build a fairy house

A great idea for younger kids – get them to make a home for fairies using the natural resources around them. Bark for a bed, catkins for the mattress, acorn cups for bowls and so on.

We’ve also put together a few hints and tips on other activities to try out when you are camping – take a look at our guide to den building, bug hunting and rainy-day activities for more inspiration. The Woodland Trust’s Nature Detectives page also has some great resources – their woodland log book is a great one to print out and bring with you on a camping trip in the woods. If you have other ideas for camping games for kids please get in touch to let us and your fellow campers know.

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