6 Super-Fun Camping Activities For Kids To Really Enjoy

Are you going to join the movement and sleep away from your bed on Saturday, June 12, to help kids impacted by cancer?

Camp Quality’s Camp In is back, and we want to give you some ideas for how to keep yourself, your friends and family entertained and busy on this fun adventure!

Regardless, if you decide to do all the activities, or just some, don’t forget to organise the easy-to-find materials beforehand. So, once you roll out a sleeping bag in your bedroom, living room, backyard or campground, you're ready to start having fun!

1. Paper Boat Competition

Do you like boats and/or playing with water? If so, this is THE activity for you. You only need a few things. So let's get started!

What you'll need:

  • Paper (or foil/newspaper)

  • Sticky tape

  • Bucket of water (or bath/pool)

  • Straw

  • Timer

Here's how:

  1. Using your paper, fold it into a boat shape.

  2. Place it in water.

  3. Once done, take your straw and blow to direct the boat to the finish line. The first boat to make it to the finish line (that doesn't sink) WINS!

That’s easy, right?

2. Naughts and Crosses

This is a great game for you and one other person that joins you on Camp In. As before, there is not much needed for this fun activity.

What you'll need:

  • 4 x sticks

  • 6 x pebbles

  • Ribbon/string

  • Paint

Here's how:

  1. Using straight sticks that you've found in nature, place them in a cross position and tie them together.

  2. With your pebbles, create two designs that you can paint, draw or mark onto the pebbles.

  3. Once this is done, take turns and fill three squares in a row, either across, down or diagonally, with your set of pebbles. The first person to get three in-a-row WINS!

So, who is the winner?

3. Pick up Sticks

If you would like to test your hand coordination and steadiness, then you'll love this next game. There is not much needed, it's easy to prepare, it can be played by multiple people and, most importantly, it is so much FUN!

What you'll need:

  • Sticks

  • Paint/ribbon/wool

Here's how:

  1. Paint a colour on the end of the stick (or tie wool/ribbon).

  2. Assign points to each colour.

  3. Drop the sticks into a pile.

Now, one by one, without moving any sticks (other than the one you're attempting to pick up), see how many sticks and points you have collected once all the sticks are gone.

How steady is your hand?

4. Ring Toss

This activity brings a bit of movement into Camp In. So get out of your sleeping bag or tent and go somewhere where you have some space to practise your throwing technique. This is a great activity to do together with family, friends, neighbours and anyone else joining you on the Camp In adventure. If there's a big group - just create teams!

What you'll need:

  • Bucket

  • Sand

  • Stick

  • Rope

  • Tape

Here's how:

  1. Cut the rope to 30cm and tape it together to form a ring shape.

  2. Repeat to make as many rings as you would like.

  3. Fill a bucket with sand and place an upright stick in it.

Ready to show off your throwing technique? Taking it in turns, attempt to throw the rings over the stick. The team or person with the most rings over the stick WINS!

Does your arm hurt from all that throwing?

5. Lawn Twister

For this Camp In activity, you will need some equipment, so a bit of preparation is necessary. But let me tell you, it is 100% worth the effort!

What you'll need:

  • Spray paint (Red, Yellow, Blue and Geen)

  • Cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Spinner (make your own or find one online)

Here's how:

  1. Using scissors, cut circle shapes in the cardboard.

  2. Grab your spray cans and make four circles of each colour.

Once done, it is time to challenge your balance. Take a turn using the spinner, as each player must place their feet or hand on the chosen colour. The person who doesn't fall over WINS!

How is your balancing going?

6. Memory Game

Do you prefer to keep your Camp In experience more quiet and relaxed? If that is the case, you might prefer this game.

What you'll need:

  • Paper

  • Scissors

  • Pens/pencils

Here's how:

  1. Cut same-size squares out of paper.

  2. Pick a theme to draw and design on the paper, creating two of each design.

Once each paper has been designed, muddle all the papers up. Then, turn them over and take turns in trying to match a pair. The person who has the most pairs WINS!

With so much memorising, is your brain on fire?

Don't forget to sign up for Camp Quality's Camp In today to experience even more fun on June 12!