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Amazing Camping Activities for Kids ~ Books, Gear, Printables & Ideas

 

We go camping to cooler climates every Summer (for about 2 weeks) and to the sand dunes within driving distance in the Winter (for a long weekend here and there).

Isn’t flexibility and freedom in homeschooling a wonderful thing?! This is our first year with an actual camper (bye, bye, tent!) and I decided to put together a list of amazing camping activities for kids!

Trust me, you will love these ideas! And keep an eye out for a long list of fun printables and other ideas toward the end of the post.

But at the very end, I will share with you the two main items that I got for our trip this year that were a HUGE success! Why didn’t I think of this before?!

And don’t forget to see our book list hub! It is full of lists of books on all kinds of topics on all subjects! You will love it and find it very helpful!

This is our first year with an actual camper (bye, bye, tent!) and I decided to put together a list of amazing camping activities for kids!We appreciate you reading our post that may help your family’s health. For our Health Advice and Recommendations Policy, please click here.

 

Nonfiction Camping Books

This list of books offers a great set of camping activities for the kids who love to explore and learn more about the outdoors.

The Kids Campfire Book: Official Book of Campfire Fun (Family Fun)The Kids Campfire Book: Official Book of Campfire FunThe Kids Campfire Book: Official Book of Campfire Fun (Family Fun)The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to NatureThe Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with KidsThe Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to NatureCamp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' GuideCamp Out!: The Ultimate Kids’ GuideCamp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' GuideUltimate Survival Guide for KidsUltimate Survival Guide for KidsUltimate Survival Guide for KidsCamping with Kids: Hundreds of Fun Things to Do!Camping with Kids: Hundreds of Fun Things to Do!Camping with Kids: Hundreds of Fun Things to Do!Survivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness SurvivalSurvivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness SurvivalSurvivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness SurvivalCamping for Kids (Into the Great Outdoors)Camping for Kids (Into the Great Outdoors)Camping for Kids (Into the Great Outdoors)The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National ParksThe Camping Trip that Changed AmericaThe Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National ParksAll About Survival (TIME For Kids Book of HOW)All About SurvivalAll About Survival (TIME For Kids Book of HOW)Children's Book About Camping: A Kids Picture Book About Camping With Photos and Fun FactsA Kids Picture Book About Camping With Photos and Fun FactsChildren's Book About Camping: A Kids Picture Book About Camping With Photos and Fun FactsUltimate Explorer Field Guide: Rocks and Minerals (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Rocks and MineralsUltimate Explorer Field Guide: Rocks and Minerals (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Insects: Find Adventure! Go Outside! Have Fun! Be a Backyard Insect Inspector! (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Insects: Find Adventure! Go Outside! Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Insects: Find Adventure! Go Outside! Have Fun! Be a Backyard Insect Inspector! (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Trees (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Trees Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Trees (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: WildflowersUltimate Explorer Field Guide: WildflowersUltimate Explorer Field Guide: WildflowersCurious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific NorthwestCurious Kids Nature GuideCurious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest

Fiction Camping Books

Along with the fun camping activities for kids in this post, you definitely want to add some fun fiction books about camping. They are fun to read by the campfire or during quiet time after a long hike.

Goodnight, Campsite: (A children's Book on Camping Featuring RVs, Travel Trailers, Fifth-Wheels, Pop-UPs and Other Camper Options.)Goodnight, Campsite: (children’s Book on Camping about RVs, Travel Trailers, 5th-Wheels, Pop-UPs and Other Campers.)Goodnight, Campsite: (A children's Book on Camping Featuring RVs, Travel Trailers, Fifth-Wheels, Pop-UPs and Other Camper Options.)Fred and Ted Go Camping (Beginner Books(R))Fred and Ted Go Camping (Beginner Books(R))Fred and Ted Go Camping (Beginner Books(R))Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping (I Can Read Level 2)Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping (I Can Read Level 2)Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping (I Can Read Level 2)S Is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press Sports & Hobbies)S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet S Is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press Sports & Hobbies)Scaredy Squirrel Goes CampingScaredy Squirrel Goes CampingScaredy Squirrel Goes CampingA Camping Spree With Mr. MageeA Camping Spree With Mr. MageeA Camping Spree With Mr. MageeCurious George Goes CampingCurious George Goes CampingCurious George Goes CampingThe Berenstain Bears Blaze a TrailThe Berenstain Bears Blaze a TrailThe Berenstain Bears Blaze a TrailOLIVIA Goes Camping (Olivia TV Tie-in)OLIVIA Goes CampingOLIVIA Goes Camping (Olivia TV Tie-in)Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)

More Camping Books

We will be sharing some awesome camping games and activities for kids, I want to share just a few more books that are note-worthy.

P. J. Funnybunny Camps Out (Step into Reading)P. J. Funnybunny Camps Out (Step into Reading)P. J. Funnybunny Camps Out (Step into Reading)Maisy Goes Camping: A Maisy First Experience BookMaisy Goes Camping: A Maisy First Experience BookMaisy Goes Camping: A Maisy First Experience BookLlama Llama Loves CampingLlama Llama Loves CampingLlama Llama Loves CampingBiscuit Goes Camping (My First I Can Read)Biscuit Goes Camping (My First I Can Read)Biscuit Goes Camping (My First I Can Read)Humphrey's Creepy-Crawly Camping Adventure (Humphrey's Tiny Tales)Humphrey’s Creepy-Crawly Camping Adventure (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales)Humphrey's Creepy-Crawly Camping Adventure (Humphrey's Tiny Tales)Oliver & Hopes Adventure Under the StarsOliver & Hopes Adventure Under the StarsOliver & Hopes Adventure Under the Stars

This is our first year with an actual camper (bye, bye, tent!) and I decided to put together a list of amazing camping activities for kids!

Camping Activities for Kids

Take a look at these fun activities for kids! We cover both indoor and outdoor activities that are all about camping!

The Great Outdoors Camping Seek & Find Activity BookThe Great Outdoors Camping Seek & Find Activity BookThe Great Outdoors Camping Seek & Find Activity BookSituational Survival for Kids: 60 Lessons to Teach Your Children to Be Ready in Any Dangerous Situation: (Urban Survival, Survival Guide)Situational Survival for Kids: 60 Lessons to Teach Your Children to Be Ready in Any Dangerous SituationSituational Survival for Kids: 60 Lessons to Teach Your Children to Be Ready in Any Dangerous Situation: (Urban Survival, Survival Guide)Hidden Picture Challenge (Dover Children's Activity Books)Hidden Picture Challenge (Dover Children’s Activity Books)Hidden Picture Challenge (Dover Children's Activity Books)Happy Campers Coloring Book (Coloring Is Fun) (Design Originals)Happy Campers Coloring BookHappy Campers Coloring Book (Coloring Is Fun) (Design Originals)Happy Campers Adult Coloring BookHappy Campers Adult Coloring BookHappy Campers Adult Coloring BookEducation Outdoors Camp Activity BookEducation Outdoors Camp Activity BookEducation Outdoors Camp Activity BookKids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow UpKids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow UpKids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow UpCamping, The Camper's Journal (Natural Brown) (Write It Down)Camping, The Camper’s Journal (Natural Brown) (Write It Down)Camping, The Camper's Journal (Natural Brown) (Write It Down)Camping Journal: Summer Journal for Kids: Summer Journal for Kids with Prompts: Camping Journal:Vacation Journal (Summer Journals for Kids)Camping Journal for Kids with PromptsCamping Journal: Summer Journal for Kids: Summer Journal for Kids with Prompts: Camping Journal:Vacation Journal (Summer Journals for Kids)Camping Activity Book for Families: The Kid-Tested Guide to Fun in the OutdoorsCamping Activity Book for Families: The Kid-Tested Guide to Fun in the OutdoorsCamping Activity Book for Families: The Kid-Tested Guide to Fun in the Outdoors

 

Camping Gear for Kids

You might not think that all of these are must-have gadgets, but my daughter will beg to differ. In knowing how much we go camping, my in-laws got her the pretend camping set and she brings it to every single one of our camping trips. It comes in handy! My son’s favorite are the binoculars, of course!

X-Plore Gear Emergency Paracord Bracelets | Set Of 2| The ULTIMATE Tactical Survival Gear| Flint Fire Starter, Whistle, Compass & Scraper | BEST Wilderness Survival-Kit - Black(K)/Orange(K)X-Plore Gear Emergency Paracord Bracelets | Set Of 2|X-Plore Gear Emergency Paracord Bracelets | Set Of 2| The ULTIMATE Tactical Survival Gear| Flint Fire Starter, Whistle, Compass & Scraper | BEST Wilderness Survival-Kit - Black(K)/Orange(K)2 Pack Portable LED Lantern Tent Light Bulb for Camping Hiking Fishing Emergency Light, Battery Powered Camping Equipment Gear Gadgets Lamp for Outdoor & Indoor2 Pack Portable LED Lantern Tent Light Bulb for Camping2 Pack Portable LED Lantern Tent Light Bulb for Camping Hiking Fishing Emergency Light, Battery Powered Camping Equipment Gear Gadgets Lamp for Outdoor & IndoorGlowPRO LED Slap Bracelets the Best Child Safety Gift -Sports Armband Cycle Gear has Neon Lights for Cycling. Glow in the Dark Reflective Running Gear Improves Night Vision for Dog Walking and JoggingGlowPRO LED Slap Bracelets the Best Child SafetyGlowPRO LED Slap Bracelets the Best Child Safety Gift -Sports Armband Cycle Gear has Neon Lights for Cycling. Glow in the Dark Reflective Running Gear Improves Night Vision for Dog Walking and JoggingLittle Explorers 20 Piece Camping Gear Toy Tools Play Set for KidsLittle Explorers 20 Piece Camping Gear Toy Tools Play Set for KidsLittle Explorers 20 Piece Camping Gear Toy Tools Play Set for KidsColeman Kids Quad Chair, TealColeman Kids Quad Chair, TealColeman Kids Quad Chair, TealMelissa & Doug Sunny Patch Bella Butterfly Outdoor Folding Lawn and Camping ChairButterfly Outdoor Folding Lawn and Camping ChairMelissa & Doug Sunny Patch Bella Butterfly Outdoor Folding Lawn and Camping ChairColeman Coleman Kids Wonder Lake CanteenColeman Coleman Kids Wonder Lake CanteenColeman Coleman Kids Wonder Lake CanteenColeman Coleman Kids Adventure KitColeman Coleman Kids Adventure KitColeman Coleman Kids Adventure KitBackyard Safari Cargo VestBackyard Safari Cargo VestBackyard Safari Cargo VestMalloMe LED Camping Lantern Flashlights For Backpacking & Camping Equipment Lights - Best Gift Ideas (6 AA Batteries Included), Pink & YellowMalloMe LED Camping Lantern FlashlightsMalloMe LED Camping Lantern Flashlights For Backpacking & Camping Equipment Lights - Best Gift Ideas (6 AA Batteries Included), Pink & YellowCoghlan's Kids MagnifierCoghlan’s Kids MagnifierCoghlan's Kids MagnifierKids First Camping AlbumKids First Camping AlbumKids First Camping AlbumOutdoor Set for Kids - Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass & Magnifying Glass. Explorer Toys Kit for Playing Outside, Camping, Bird Watching, Pretend Play. Educational Gift for Children. by Back 2 NatureOutdoor Set for Kids – Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass & Magnifying Glass. Explorer Toys KitOutdoor Set for Kids - Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass & Magnifying Glass. Explorer Toys Kit for Playing Outside, Camping, Bird Watching, Pretend Play. Educational Gift for Children. by Back 2 NatureAdventure Kids - Educational Outdoor Children’s Toys - Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass, Magnifying Glass, Butterfly Net & Backpack. Explorer Kit, Great Kidz Gift Set For Birthday, Camping & HikingOutdoor Children’s Toys – Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass, Magnifying Glass, Butterfly Net & Backpack. Explorer KitAdventure Kids - Educational Outdoor Children’s Toys - Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass, Magnifying Glass, Butterfly Net & Backpack. Explorer Kit, Great Kidz Gift Set For Birthday, Camping & Hiking

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My Two BEST Buys Ever

If there were two things that you want to buy and know will be loved and used and enjoyed, get these! There were true life-savers! We had the lap desk in the car.

The kids had paper, coloring utensils and a couple of books. They would draw their own comics and read on our long drives.

When we got to the campsite and set up their beds in the camper, they would play with the Legos while it was sprinkling (or hailing outside).

These were also great activities for the evenings, after long days of fun hikes and outdoor adventures.

Folding Lap Desk, laptop desk, Breakfast Table, Bed Table, Serving Tray - The lapdesk Contains Extra Storage space and dividers, & folds very easy,great for kids, adults, boys, girlsFolding Lap Desk, laptop desk, Breakfast Table, Bed Table, Serving Tray – The lapdesk Contains Extra Storage space and dividers, & folds very easy,great for kids, adults, boys, girlsFolding Lap Desk, laptop desk, Breakfast Table, Bed Table, Serving Tray - The lapdesk Contains Extra Storage space and dividers, & folds very easy,great for kids, adults, boys, girlsLEGO Classic Creative Suitcase 10713 Building Kit (213 Piece)LEGO Classic Creative Suitcase 10713 Building Kit (213 Piece)LEGO Classic Creative Suitcase 10713 Building Kit (213 Piece)

We hope you found these helpful and enrich your camping experience as a family!

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