With the summer camping season underway, it’s time to prepare your family for their next camping adventure.
To help your children appreciate the great outdoors and develop a lifelong love of camping on the Western Slope, here are seven games that are easy to pack and fun to play for kids and adults of all ages.
Mad Libs only requires a pad of paper and some writing utensils. It’s a quick game that’s great for camping, especially when you already have a lot of camping gear to pack. This classic game will encourage your kids to think (it can make the whole family laugh, too).
Geocaching is specific to different campsites. Look up the caches ahead of time to see whether there’s one in your campground, then have a blast searching for hidden treasures with your kids.
If you aren’t familiar with geocaching, head over to geocaching.com to see what caches may be in your area.
You can buy Bingo boards that are specific to camping and have words or images related to nature. It’s a wonderful way to pass the time while learning about the outdoors.
Oftentimes, these boards are small and easy to pack, too.
Yahtzee only requires dice and a scoreboard, and the game can be as long or short as you make it.
This one is best for older kids, but young children can participate by rolling the dice and learning basic addition. There’s even a version called Yardzee that has larger dice so you won’t lose them in the dark.
Cornhole is a fun choice for when the family is all hiked out and ready to relax. You can play with individual family members or as teams, depending on how many participants want to play. Simply set the number of points it will take to win and then start tossing.
A scavenger hunt is a fantastic way to get your kids excited about nature. Here’s how to play:
Even smaller children can play charades, as long as you set topics they’re familiar with. Since this game doesn’t require any pieces or boards to play, it’s a good option for camping — especially if you don’t have space to pack another game.