10 Fun Camping Games and Activities for Kids

Planning a fun-filled family glamping getaway to the Malvern Hills? Here at Swallowfields, we’ve got everything you could need for the ultimate family retreat. We have an incredible adventure castle where little ones can become King or Queen for the day, a 3-acre meadow and nature hideout, and we are surrounded by acres and acres of Malvern countryside, perfect for playing lots of fun camping games! As summer is nearly upon us and our guests will want to spend more time outside, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten favourite camping games and activities for kids.

Camping Games for Kids

1) Mosquito Bites

Mosquito Bites is a fun game of forbidden words. Someone will choose a word that kids are likely to say often, for example ‘tent’ or ‘camping/glamping’, and that word becomes forbidden.

Each child is given a sticker sheet of red dots. As kids go about their day, if one of them says the forbidden word, they get a mosquito bite (a red dot sticker on their face/body). At the end of the day, the child with the least mosquito bites wins a prize!

2) Knot Tying

Gather your little ones and teach them how to tie three different kinds of camping knots.  When the lesson is over, set a timer and challenge the kids to successfully tie all three knots before the timer is up. A prize could even be given to the first person to tie all three knots.

3) Scavenger Hunt

What better way to explore our gorgeous glamping site than with a scavenger hunt? Hide various pieces of glamping gear around the site for kids to find. Make a list of everything you’ve hidden so they can tick off each thing one by one. A prize can be given to the child who finds the most items, or the child who completes the list first.

4) Bear Catcher

Bear Catcher is a twist on the classic game of tag. One player is chosen as the bear catcher, and everyone else is a bear. Place a cushion, blanket or something similar for each bear player around the site. Have each bear go to their cave (sit on their cushion/blanket) and have the bear catcher stand in the centre of the play area.

On the word ‘go’, the bears must race to a new cave before the bear catcher can tag them. When a player is tagged, they are the new bear catcher.

5) Magnet Fishing

Magnet Fishing is a great chill-out game which can be played inside or out. Cut some fish shapes out of three different colours of paper, attach a paper clip to each paper fish, and place them all in an empty box or baby pool.

Create fishing rods by tying strings to sticks and then attach magnets to the ends of the strings. Finally, decide how you want to allocate prizes – it can be based on the colour of the fish or how many fish a player catches.

6) Dreamcatchers

Making dreamcatchers is a great activity for little ones to enjoy some quiet time and get creative. You can find instructions on how to make a dreamcatcher here.

This one will require having the right arts and crafts supplies with you, including a wooden embroidery hoop, wool, thread, beads, pom poms, and anything else you think the kids will find fun to create with!

7) Bucket Brigade

Split your group of kids into two teams and find out who is the most competitive. Place two large buckets of water side by side, and two empty buckets side by side several feet away from the full ones.

Line the teams up at the full buckets and hand each team a metal or plastic cup. Team members must race to fill up the empty buckets with the water from the full buckets, using only the cup to transfer the water. The first team to fill up their empty bucket wins!

8) Campfire Relay

Another game which involves splitting kids into two teams is Campfire Relay. Set up two piles of supplies to build a campfire (paper, wood and rocks) and on the word ‘go’, the players race to gather the supplies and build their own campfire. The first team to finish building their campfire wins. Make sure they don’t actually set it on fire!

9) Duck, Duck, Goose

One of the best group games for children is Duck, Duck, Goose. The children sit in a big circle and one chosen player walks around the circle. As they pass each player, they point to them and call ‘duck’. Eventually, they name one player ‘goose’, which designates that player as the chaser.

The goose stands up and tries to tag the player walking around the circle. If the goose tags the other player, they become the player who walks around the circle and the original player sits in the goose’s place.

10) Squirt Gun Races

Find out which child has the most competitive nature with a game of squirting water guns. Make a line of empty plastic drinking cups along the edge of a picnic table. On the word ‘go’, grab a water gun and aim at the plastic cups, squirting water at them until they are knocked down.

A prize can be given to the player who knocks off the most cups, or who can clear all the cups the fastest.

Fun-Filled Family Getaways at Swallowfields

Swallowfields really is the perfect location for a fantastically fun family staycation. With boundless acres of luscious green land for little ones to run, jump and play in, not to mention endless adventures all around for the grown-ups too, there’s nowhere better suited to bring your family for this year’s glamping getaway. Book your retreat to the Malvern Hills with Swallowfields today!


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