Ask around, any parent will tell you: When you have kids, you want to do whatever you can to make them happy. This is especially true on camping trips, when happy kids lead to satisfied parents and a more enjoyable trip overall. (No less, it also means that kids are preoccupied, giving parents time to relax and enjoy the trip without having to constantly tend to their lovely buggers.)
With the benefits of happy kids fully realized, following is a list of some camping activities put together by the parents here on the Quality RV team. Whip out these games and recreational activities next time you want to help your kids (and yourself) have a good time while camping or RVing!
Learn New Things
Everyone among your crew undoubtedly knows something that others don’t. Whether your spouse knows how to start a natural fire or your child just recently learned a new knot in boy scouts, sharing each other’s knowledge (especially via hands-on approach) is an activity that isn’t just entertaining — it’s informative and educational, too. By learning new things in the company of others, you can turn a regular old camping trip into a productive and enlightening new experience for your children that has bonding components as well.
Do Arts and Crafts
What child doesn’t love arts and crafts? The pleasure of creating something brand new from old scraps is something that we can all identify with, and it’s an activity that children are especially keen to. However, you should be careful to plan for these arts and crafts activities in advance before you leave for your trip; you should pack the right tools and goodies you’ll need in order to make some awesome crafts. (Construction paper, glue, stencils, drawing utensils, pipe cleaners, etc.) Additionally, don’t forget the paper towels for clean up afterward!
If there’s one thing that children love more than else, its snack time. In fact, we at the Quality RV team have noticed that children don’t just love eating snacks — they love making new snacks for the road or for their future lunches, too! No only do snacks imply eating and food, but some children take such great pride in making their own snacks and bringing them to lunch that pulling the snacks out of their lunch bag is like revealing a much-coveted jewel.
Stories are always a good bet when it comes to camping. After all, campfires almost always necessitate storytelling of some horrifying variety. However, stories don’t always have to be blood-curdlingly scary to be entertaining; if your children are bored, try telling them some stories you think they may enjoy from much earlier in your life. You may end up enthralling your kids for hours, telling them all about your previous life experiences that they’d never before had the chance to hear. Also, you’ll also want to see if they have any stories they’d want told — sometimes it makes a child’s day or even entire trip if they’re able to tell a quality story that generates a genuinely positive reaction from their parents.
Written by the staff at Quality RV, one of the leading RV dealers in Missouri. Quality RV serves the entire state of Missouri, from St. Louis to Kansas City!