Kids are so full of excitement. Did you know that camping can help them focus all that excitement? When you bring your kids camping with you, it can help them develop important general survival and self-sufficiency skills. Camping can also really help you bond with them on an even deeper level!
It’s A Great Idea!
Our children don’t look at the world the same way we did. In today’s world of instant gratification, it can sometimes be hard to get the kids to do anything.
All they have to do is turn on the TV or open their phone. (If you allow them to have one).
Children are going outside less and less, whilst still being exposed to way more than we did and it gets crazier with each new generation.
We are not saying that kids shouldn’t be able to enjoy technology, absolutely not!
Today’s world of technology is amazing, and it will only get better! What you want to do is to help them find a balance between the two, not take it away completely. Because you shouldn’t have to.
Bringing the kids out on a camping trip every once in a while is an excellent way to tip that balance. Teaching them basic survival skills, at the least, is an amazing thing in and of itself.
It’s Up To You And Them:
In part, this is why OutdoorCampingAdvice was born! We want to help as many people as we can with anything to do with the outdoor lifestyle. That includes your health, so watch out for some healthy tips in the coming future!
Taking your kids out camping is one of the great ways that you can help your child’s health!
Sleeping right out in the midst of nature. Breathing fresh air and learning how to use their brain effectively are just a few of all the awesome benefits of getting your children outdoors more.
Now, we also aren’t saying that camping is the ONLY way to get your children active, but it is a great place to start.
Finding that balance between being inside and outside instead of them being inside all the time playing games, etc. is crucial.
Why It’s Important:
Of course, there are exceptions, but that is the few of the many.
It isn’t healthy for children or anyone for that matter to be inside all the time.
In our opinion, this is one of the many reasons that there are more children with anxiety disorders, depression and so on.
Human interaction does play a part, but a lot of it is just being inside too much and staring at a screen all day long.
So have we got you thinking? We did? Awesome! Ok, now if you are to bring your kids camping, try to think a lot about their entertainment.
In their mind, they will be giving up all of their fun to go camping with you.
If you get creative, then they will have a ton of fun. They’ll also want to go again and again!
A lot of it is giving them an awesome first experience because as we all know, first impressions matter a lot.
Here’s 12 of our ideas to get your brain going!
- 1). Arts And Crafts – You can easily find tons of arts and crafts for them to do, but this doesn’t have to be complicated. So don’t overthink it! Just go with what you think they’ll like because you’re probably right on point. They’re your kids after all. You know best. 🙂
- 2). Go Swimming! – Swimming is a refreshing cool-off, and it’s a healthy activity as well! Taking a quick dip in the water will cool off everyone’s attitude.
- 3). Cook Over The Campfire – This one is a no-brainer, who doesn’t love delicious food? And roasted marshmallows! Even better!
- 4). Scavenger Hunt/Hide-N-Seek – Kids love searching for things, especially if you give them a short time limit! They’ll go nuts searching for stuff. Especially if they think there’s money or candy in there! If you celebrate it, remember how they act during Easter searching for eggs? It’s a lot of fun!
- 5). Go Hiking Or Trail Running! -Kids are full of tremendous amounts of energy and they need a way to release all of that explosive energy! Hiking or trail running will give them an awesome way to use all that excitement!
- 6). Play Flashlight Tag! – This game is played at night and the person who is “it” waits and counts to ten while the rest hide! Then, the person who is “it” uses their flashlight to find all those that are hiding! Very Fun!
- 7). Bring Some Fireworks – Shooting off fireworks can be a very fun activity for the kids as long as you are careful. Small firecrackers and noisemakers are great options!
- 8). Go Fishing – Fishing has always been a family favorite among campers. Relaxing together by the water and getting some bonding time. Just watch out for that hook!
- 9). Corn-hole – Corn-hole will always be a go-to for a lot of families. Just hanging out together and scoring some points!
- 10). Bring A Family Fun Kit – Grab one of the many kits in dollar stores and shopping chains that are filled with things for activities like baseball, Frisbee, and even lawn bowling! There can be many more, these are just some examples.
- 11). Look For Bugs! – This one may seem simple, but it can take up a lot of time if you start finding some cool little bugs!
- 12). Use Your Imagination! – Kids have bright and colorful imaginative minds and what better than to be able to use it! Play games that don’t involve equipment, just your brain.
To Sum It Up:
Once you get your kids to like camping, they will want to go again and it might eventually turn into a hobby.
Not only will it help the kids, but it could help you more as well! Camping will bring the whole family together and that in itself is part of the beauty of family camping!
Think about what the future could bring! Making camping a family tradition will become something that brings the family back together even after they leave the birds nest!
The impact might even go further than that of your kids. They might bring their kids camping and their kids will bring their kids and so on.
You might even start something that never goes away and keep your future generations healthy for years and years to come! How cool is that?! Very.
Good or bad, it’s always worth trying because the mental and physical health of your children is important.
So the next time you think about a fun family outing, why not try camping?
You never know what could come of it! If you need help finding out whether or not camping is for you, check out our post -> Camping: Is It For You?
We hope this was a beneficial read for you, and as always. We’ll see you next time. Right here, at outdoorcampingadvice.com