Keeping children busy on the camping grounds is really easy if you have a little bit of creativity. Here are several ideas for parents to do with the kids on your next camping trip. Sometimes the parent needs to let lose and join in on the games and the kids will enjoy it as well.
Take the kids along the nature trail and do some bird watching. You might want to bring along a pair of binoculars so they can see what the birds look like high up in the tree tops. Have the children use indoor voices, meaning to be quite so the birds will come and not be scared by loud noises.
If there is a lake close by teach your child how to use a fishing pole. Show them how to hook the bait and be patient while waiting for the fish to bite. The first fish that the child catches by themselves will be the proudest moment in their life. The child will be so excited that they will be talking about that for months to come.
Before going on your camping trip make a stop at the local library and pick up a book of stories to tell around the campfire. You do not want it to scare the children so be conscience of that when choosing the book. Gather everyone around the camp fire, grab the marshmallows and skewers and read the stories out loud. The kids will be mesmerized by the fun story telling time.
Encourage each child to start a collection of natural things that they can find along the trails. Leaf and rock collecting is great for the younger children. Dry and place each leaf in a scrapbook. For the rock collectors give the child a special box for the rocks. Point out the different shapes and sizes of the rocks they keep, this is not only fun but educational as well.