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Camping Fun for Kids - Printable Scavenger Hunt and Kid Fun Packing List

Updated on July 31, 2013

Plan ahead for a fun time and a great scavenger hunt when camping with kids!

Having a great vacation doesn't just happen on its own. Plan ahead for a fun time camping. My family went camping at camp grounds when I was a kid, and I camp now with my children. Here are some tips for packing what you need for a great time, and a printable scavenger hunt for an afternoon of fun.

Kids need to be entertained - even when on a restful vacation, but it does not take much. A lot of the time, you can tote along some common things you already have, even things you have had forever, and the kids will find new life in them. You will see that when in a different context (such as a campground) those simple things come to life.

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Rain or Shine ...

The kids are depending on you to keep them entertained... Even when you just want to relax - So be ready!

Scavenger Hunt - Here is a FREE PRINTABLE Scavenger Hunt

Click Here to Print this Scavenger Hunt and take it with you, and it can entertain your kids for hours!

  1. Bottle Cap
  2. 5 Acorns
  3. 4 Pine Needles
  4. 2 Large Pinecones
  5. 3 Tiny Pinecones
  6. Stick in the shape of a "Y"
  7. Stick in the shape of a "C"
  8. Twig with a knot tied in it
  9. Wildflower
  10. Rock - Triangle Shaped
  11. Rock - Perfect Circle Shaped
  12. Rock - Shiny
  13. Rock - Smooth
  14. Fern
  15. Feather
  16. Piece of Birch Tree Bark
  17. 2 Clovers
  18. 1 Whole Leaf (with no Rips,Tears or Holes)
  19. 1 log of Firewood (to be used at tonight's campfire)
  20. 1 Stick - Taller than you (to roast marshmallows later tonight)
  21. 2 Berries (DO NOT EAT ANY !!!)
  22. Blade of Grass 3 inches long
  23. Chunk of Moss
  24. 2 Candy wrappers
  25. Plastic Fork (or spoon)

Who thinks the kid at the top of this page is absolutely adorable ??? - (she is my daugher !!!)

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Easy Video on how to make a campfire

This video gives you all the info you need to look smart at the campground, and start a good campfire for your family. Your friends, kids and family will be very impressed with how well you put it together and keep it going !

Things You May Already Have and Should Pack

When going to a campground, you really do not need to buy much - the things you already have can keep them busy - especially those things that they don't use everyday. Leave the electronics home, and bring out the active and social toys!

  • Jump Rope
  • Balls (all and any kind )
  • Frisbee
  • Deck of Cards
  • UNO Cards
  • Board Game
  • Printed Scavenger List
  • Bike and Helmet
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Bucket (for caught nature - i.e. salamanders)
  • Coloring Books or Activity Books and Markers (or Crayons)
  • Fishing Pole
  • Remote Control Car or Boat (or helicopter/plane if you have them)
  • Bathing Suits/Towels/Floatables
  • Books (of interest and readable for the kids)
  • Music
  • Magnifying Glass
  • 2 way phones AKA 2 way radios (or walkie talkies) - they are fun, and also provide communication when the kids are away from campsite.
  • Glow Sticks - for fun, but also for safety. With glow sticks on, you can spot your kid in the dark!
  • Sidewalk Chalk (can usually get a pack at the dollar store if you don't have it)
  • Bubbles ! (they never use them at home- but will love them there!)
  • Tonka Trucks

Simple, Classic, Active Toys

You didn't bring them camping just so they could sit in the woods while they play their Nintendo DS, right? The whole point is they they get active in the great outdoors. Simple active toys, often overlooked at home, can be big hits when camping.

Rory's Story Cubes

At the picnic table, on the beach, or by the campfire, just toss Rory's Story Cubes and use your imagination to create a story.

Rory's Story Cubes
Rory's Story Cubes

These cubes are so simple and fun. The whole family can play along (even the little ones who can't read). Your sure to have some great family times with these cubes and a few chuckles too.

 

You can get a ton of stuff at Walmart ...

Walmart.com is way easy, they don't cost any more, and they ship directly to your local store or house.

Why wait to buy it in the store, and risk forgetting, or not being able to find it. Click on this logo to get it ordered at Walmart.com and you can have it shipped directly to your house pretty cheaply, or ship to store for free. Whatever it is your needing for the camping trip (swim suit, propane tank, tent, Smore's supplies) you know Walmart has it. And if they don't, Walmart.com does, and they will ship it to them with YOUR name on it !

Click on this box to take you to Walmart.com (and I get credit for the click too :O) So I will love you for it :O) - THANKS ! )

Treasure Hunt

Hunt and Find !

If you want to get real creative, you can get a special box to be a treasure chest - and you can have your little "pirates" hunt for the list of needed treasures. This might be a way to get the kids interested if they need more than just nature - add your imagination !

Some of my Favorite "Camping with Kids" Links

You might also find these links helpful planning your camping trip .

Mosaic Art Activity Kit , Large
Mosaic Art Activity Kit , Large

Good fun at the picnic table

 
Bug Collector with Magnifying Viewer
Bug Collector with Magnifying Viewer

You'll surely see some interesting critters. Have one of these to keep an eye on them.

 

Take The Kids On A Nature Hunt

Search for things in nature - and LEARN !

You can take this list along with you and have them hunt for all these items that you can find in nature (or campground) - It is great to introduce the kids to nature that is all around them :O) It is something that a lot of kids that live in more urban areas NEVER see.

3D Woodcraft Projects

Having some things your little ones can do indoors is a good idea in the case of rain. Woodcraft kits like this one are very reasonably priced and require no tools for assembly. They come in flat sheets so they are small to pack, but very impressive once finished. These are good for kids 10 and up, or a little younger if they do a lot of kits with instructions. My boy loves putting together lego sets, so naturally he also loves doing kits like this, and he was able to put together one of the large ship ones almost completely by himself at 8.

Will your ride be long? - you might want a scavanger list for in the car !!!

These are great for in the car

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      gadgetchecker 5 years ago

      Great ideas, nothing worse than being stuck in a confined space and totally bored!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This lens could be titled "ways to make great family time even better". Thanks very much for taking the time to make it, and sharing it with us.

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      latiptop 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! I'm going to add it to my Fun in the Summer Sun lens!

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Really nice ideas for camping. Kids would love it.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Cool ideas for a fun camping trip! A scavenger hunt is such a great idea.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Camping should be all about fun!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Do you have to be a kid to go on one of your scavenger hunts? They sound like so much fun! Loved this article!!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      great ideas... I like the scavenger hunts!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas to get ready for camping. Can't wait until summer.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Sounds really nice with this camping fun for kids. We hope to go camping this summer, will keep this lens in mind.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      I think an activity beats a game system any old day, but then again I'm old school and played outside a lot as a kid!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are so many things we can enjoy doing while we are camping, and kids do need to have entertaining things to do...all the time. lol Its good to be prepared! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I always loved scavenger hunts. The lists look like perfect items to hunt for too.

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      bluewren56 lm 5 years ago

      You've got some great ideas here. I love the idea of the scavanger hunt!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love this idea. Such a cute camping idea.

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      SquidooProductReviews 5 years ago

      Great ideas

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      SquidooProductReviews 5 years ago

      Great ideas

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      fireblazzer 5 years ago

      cool page.. i always wanted to go camping.. sadly i have never gone yet.. but maby some day =)

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting fun page. enjoyed my visit. thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Let the Kids have Fun!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      This is great. I love the scavenger hunt inclusion for camping trips. Kids love to get out, run, and search for things in the great outdoors. Wonderful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful camping fun for kids ideas, I loved camping as a kid and there was never a dull moment....just wonderful ones!

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      RMKK-Marlene 6 years ago

      I love the scavenger hunt idea. It's a great boredom fighter anytime, anywhere. This lens has been Squid Angel blessed and added to my list of blessed camping lenses.

      Happy Camping

      ~Marlene

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      Fun lens!! This is a great activity for kids to do.

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      Excellent lens! I love these ideas!

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      Shanna Redwind 6 years ago

      Some great ideas for keeping the kids busy camping. I'll probably use some of them this week.