Camping Games and Activities for Families

Does your family love to camp?

Here are 18 fun camping games for kids:

I love camping. It is one of my all-time favorite activities and fall is a great time of year to camp.  But the last thing you want to have to worry about when planning your next trip is bringing more toys or activities to keep the kids entertained.  So I rounded up a few activities and games that require no extra equipment for your next family car camping or backpacking trip.


  1. I spy with my little eye – Great for at the campsite or on a hike.
  2. Plastic bag kite – tie a rope to a grocery store plastic bag for a simple kite.
  3. Pine cone toss – Like a bean bag toss but with pine cones. Label paper plates with points and see your can “hit” the most points with their pine cones. The pine cones usually bounce off the plates but we count the points as long as the hit the plate.
  4. Scavenger hunt – Don’t bother printing anything, just look around and give your kids 2 to 3 items (depending on their age) to gather and bring to you.
  5. Make a walking stick – Find the perfect stick and help your kids clean them up and decorate them using a pocket knife, extra rope and what ever else you have around your campsite. You could even tie flowers, leaves or pine cones around them.
  6. Two truths and a lie – Fun way to get to know each other better around the camp fire or in the tent while winding down to fall asleep.
  7. Flash light exploring.
  8. Tic tac toe with branches, leaves & rocks.
  9. Cloud watching.
  10. Old-fashioned hand shadow puppets on the tent wall.
  11. Sleeping bag races.
  12. Hunt for animal tracks.
  13. Creature hunt. See what types of bugs you can find around your campsite. My kids do this wherever we go.
  14. Flashlight tag.
  15. Create an obstacle course and race with your kids.
  16. Moon spotting.
  17. Hide and seek
  18. Bread on a stick – This one takes a little planning a head but is a lot of fun and can be part of a meal.

Bonus – Don’t forget to involve your kids in setting up camp and fire building. It does take longer but it is a great opportunity to teach them about fire safety and to work together.

What are your favorite camping games for your family camping trips?

If you are interested in more outdoor activities that don’t require extra equipment, check out my series No Extra Equipment Needed over at Mommy Loves Trees.

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Mae Kiggins
There are not many places that I would rather be than outdoors. I grew up hiking and camping in the Rockies. In college I studied natural resources and worked as a park ranger, research assistant and policy intern. Now-a-days my adventures include my two children, 4 and 1, and husband. When my son was asked what he was thankful for he said camping. In the spring of 2014 I will begin the new adventure of teaching environmental studies at the college level.
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