Time to unplug the technology and spend some summertime fun outdoors. The kids may claim, "I'll be bored," but you know that family time spent together is way more fun than watching television, playing video games, and scrolling through social media posts. So, get off those phones and spend a little time with nature.
To help you make sure that the kids find some fun on your next camping trip, we've compiled a list of family camping games that are sure to be a hit. At the end of the trip, your family will leave with some sweet memories of fun and laughter. Who knows, maybe it will be easier to get them off the phone and be eager to embrace your next family game night.
1. Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat Camp Time Game
Before you go, get the kids ready to camp with this fun and interactive game!
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2. Egg races
All you need are eggs and spoons. Divide into two teams. Each team is given a raw egg and a spoon. Team members must race from one end to another as they balance the egg on the spoon. If they drop the egg, they must start at the beginning. For multiple members on a team, pass the egg/spoon relay style. The first team across the finish line without dropping the egg wins the race! Watch how it's done with this video.
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3. Orange Croquet
This game is loads of laughs for the whole family! You will need 4 oranges and an old pair of pantyhose or tights. Cut the pantyhose in half. Place one orange inside the leg of the pantyhose and tie it around the waist, so it looks like a long tail. Place the other orange on the ground. Using your hips, you will swing the orange "tail" to hit the orange ball on the ground. The object is to get the ground ball across the finish line before the other team. See how it's done!
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4. Scavenger Hunt
Make a list or use a picture list of bugs and shrubs the kids might find around the campsite. They can use their phones to take pictures when they find one to document the discovery and not disturb nature. The first one to complete the list wins the game!
5. Water Balloon Toss
Fill up some water balloons and toss them back and forth without breaking them. If you break a balloon you are out of the game!
6. Flashlight Freeze
This is a fun game for after the sun goes down. In the dark, players move and wiggle around. The games master suddenly turns on a flashlight and everyone freezes. If someone is caught moving in the light, they are out of the game until there is a winner.
7. The Alphabet Game
This is a fun car game, for the drive to the campsite as well. Each person takes a turn naming something that starts with the next letter in the alphabet. To make it more challenging, create categories, such as "bugs," "animals," or "nature."
One person begins telling a story with a single sentence. The next person add a sentence to the story and continue round and round until you have a complete story.
9. Pass the orange
Two teams are each given an orange. The team members stand side-by-side down a line. The first person in the line places the orange under their chin against their neck. They pass the orange to the next person on their team without using any hands. The orange gets passed down the line until the team that gets to the last person wins the game!
10. Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling
Place a glow stick in a bottle of water and line up the bottles as if they are bowling pins. Use a ball to knock down the "pins." You can get glow sticks and rings on Amazon.
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11. Camping Olympics
Create an obstacle course around the campsite using rocks, sticks, a cup of water, and anything else you can find. Then race through the course, keeping time. The fastest time wins the gold medal!
12. Star Gazing
A nice, quiet game to help settle into bedtime. Lying on your backs, gaze up at the stars above and see who can identify the most constellations, planets and shooting stars.
13. Flashlight Laser Tag
This is fun to play at dusk, while its light enough to see each other, but dark enough to see the flashlights. Use your flashlights as your laser to take out the other team before they capture the flag! Great for kids and adults.
14. Rock Painting
Bring some non-toxic water based paints and use the rocks you find to create some modern masterpieces. The rain will wash away the paint and it won't be harmful to the environment.
15. Crown Prince/Princess
Create crowns using leaves, sticks and flowers from fallen greenery. Compare to see who made the most creative crown or compete to see who can use the largest variety of items.
16. Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
Use water bottles and glow stick necklaces to create a fun ring toss for after-dark fun! First one to reach 10 points wins the game!
These are fun, throwable, paint balls. They are non-toxic and biodegradable, so you won't harm the environment from playing this outdoor game.
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18. Ball Toss
Use your favorite sports ball to toss a football, beach ball or soccer ball. Add a layer with "hot potato," so the ball can't fall to the ground or you lose the game.
19. Honey, I Love You
This is a fun game for kids as they try so hard not to laugh! A person in the group chooses another person in the group. The chosen person has the objective of NOT smiling in any way. The first person tries to make their chosen person smile without touching them. The chosen person needs to respond to their funny faces, dancing, etc with the line "Honey, I love you, but I just can't smile." If they are successful in their response without smiling, then they win that round.
Telling ghost stories around a campfire is a surefire fun activity, but here is a little twist on the classic. Using a simple deck of cards, any number can play. Find out how to play by watching this video.
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A classic game that is always fun. Divide into two teams. Each team writes movie or book titles on pieces of paper for the other team. Each member of each team will take turns choosing a piece of paper and using gestures and facial expressions to get them to guess the title. To make it extra challenging, add a time limit for each turn. This set uses pictures, so even the youngest kiddos can take part in this family game!
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22. Name That Tune
Play short clips of songs. Players try to guess the song. The first one to guess the song wins the game!
23. Who Am I?
Give each player a picture of a famous person. The player will hold the picture on their forehead, facing the other players. The other players must give them clues without saying the name of the person and they will try to guess who they are.
24. Guess in 10
This card game is small enough to pack and is a great option for the littlest campers. Winner Of The 2022 National Parenting Product Awards.
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25. Chubby Bunny
See who can stuff the most marshmallows in their mouths and still be able to say "chubby bunny." This one is loads of fun, so don't choke while laughing!
26. Camping Chair Basketball
Use the cupholders on your camping chair as the basket and marshmallows for your balls. See how many baskets each player can make! Move further and further away from the chair for an extra challenge.
27. Marshmallow Stacking
Use your roasting fork or another item as your base and see how many marshmallows each person can stack without the tower falling over. Give it a time limit for extra fun.
28. Head, Knees and Toes
Two people face off with an object in between them. It can be anything from a shoe to a football. A third person is the leader. The leader calls out "head" and both people touch their head. Repeat for Knees and Toes. The leader calls out head, knees or toes in any random order and as many times as they want, but when they say "shoot," both players try to grab the object in the middle. Keep going until someone gets 10 points. Watch how it's done here!
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29. Sleeping Bag Race
Use your sleeping bags like potato sacks and have an old-fashioned sack race!
30. Park Ranger
One person is the park ranger. The other campers are an animal of their choosing. The park ranger will call out a trait of an animal like "I have wings." If the trait does not apply to their animal, then the camper must try to get past the park ranger to a designated spot without getting tagged.