Three Ways To Keep Kids Excited During Your Camping Trip
In a world full of technological advances, media, and cartoons at the push of a button on a small portable screen, it is seemingly and unfortunately becoming harder to keep the interest of children in anything in the natural world. When your family packs up for a weekend camping trip out in the great outdoors or a Longriders RV Park, it can be difficult to peel their interest away from what's happening on the small screen and redirect it to interacting with nature. If you're planning an upcoming trip and you're looking for ideas to keep kids interested and excited, continue reading to learn about three ways to grab their attention-- and leave their media to the side in the process:
The Art of Storytelling
When it comes to camping, there are few things more classic than simply telling a good story around a campfire. Whether it's a crazy true story that not many have heard before, a spooky ghost legend, or a fantasy story that you make up from scratch, storytelling can be a compelling and quick way to hold a child's interest.
If you're having creative difficulties or can't think of any stories to tell, try creating a story with your child. By starting with one line and then passing the torch to the person next to you to say the next line (and continuing around the circle in that manner), every person in your group can help to craft an amazing story-- and you'll never know what unexpected twists the story may take (especially if you have a small toddler with an overactive imagination).
Fun Twists on Classic Food Options
With classic food staples during campouts such as hot dogs, burgers, and s'mores, it can become easy to predict what may be coming for dinner. To offer some surprises at mealtime, consider simply adding a fun twist to one of these regular options. For example, instead of building a s'more with a standard chocolate bar, how about using a peanut butter cup as an alternative? For hot dogs and burgers, consider bringing a few additional toppings besides ketchup and mustard to the campground-- bacon bits, horseradish, pineapple, or any other unique idea you create.
Introduce Sparklers and Glow Sticks
As the trip continues on and some of your early ideas have worn out, bring out sparklers and glow sticks for kids to play with. Of course, you should consider your child's age before handing them a sparking stick, but for older and more responsible kids, the excitement factor is worth bringing sparklers. For some younger children, camping in the dark outdoors can be a little scary-- and having their own personal night light in the form of a glow stick to carry around will help to ease their fears.