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There's nothing like a family camping trip to get everyone in the mood for fun.
With the campfires, roasted marshmallows, and countless places in nature to explore, there's no shortage of things to do when camping in the great outdoors. Whether you have sporty kids who love a good run around, or perhaps older children who are at their happiest while playing card games, we have found the best fun family camping games to make your trip that extra bit special.
From traditional sports that encourage running and jumping around, to cerebral card games, we've got something to keep everyone happy on their camping trip.
Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all of the camping toys on this list are great fun, this is our top pick thanks to the huge range of games it offers that will occupy the whole family for hours!
1. Professor Puzzle Sports Day Kit Garden Game Set
Are you looking for fun camping games for families who like a little bit of competition? This sports day themed kit is perfect for getting adults and kids involved in traditional team sports. With equipment for classics such as an egg and spoon race, relay and three-legged race included, there is also a handy little booklet that will teach families how to play over 50 different games. This is a must-have for your next camping adventure, and a great opportunity to show the kids how it's done.
Top Tip: Why not create a league board for your 'sports day', and create fun prizes?
- Price: £18
- Age: 3+
- Comes with 2 bean bags, 2 'eggs', 2 spoons, 2 relay batons, 2 3-legged race bands, chalk and a game booklet
Best For Word Play
2. Bananagrams Word Game
For campsite games that require very little prep, Bananagrams is one of our favourites. If your Scrabble board is looking a little worse for wear and you're ready to take the word play up a notch, Bananagrams might be for you. Expect quick thinking, excited shouts of 'Peel!' and a good dose of competitive spirit. With this game, time is of the essence, and is a great camping game for kids as it encourages vocabulary development. Plus, it can easily be packed away and thrown in a suitcase for super easy travel.
- Price: £10.99
- Age: 7+
- For 2-6 players
- Requires no extra equipment
Best For A Classic Game
3. UNO Card Game
One of the most well known family games for camping, travel, or just sitting around the dinner table, UNO is a family hit that just keeps on giving. Fast paced but simple enough to explain to kids, UNO is a great way to introduce kids to the world of playing cards, without anything too complex.
- Price: £7
- Age: 7+
- For 2 or more players
- 1 year manufacturer's guarantee
Best For Indoor And Outdoor Use
4. Cheatwell Games Scavenger Hunt
As camping activities for kids go, you can't beat a good scavenger hunt. This version includes both indoor and outdoor options, so is perfect for taking on camping trips, or just playing at home. With a spinner to select what players need to find, and options such as 'cat', 'slug/snail' and 'ball' this game encourages lots of running around and exploring. One of the main perks of camping for kids is spending time in nature and discovering new things, so this game is a great option for curious kids with lots of energy.
- Price: £12.99
- Age: 6+
- For 2+ players
- Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
Best For Adding A Personal Touch
5. Made And Sent Personalised Campfire Games Kit
Contained in one simple waterproof tin for easy storage, this fun kit has all the camping games for kids you need to keep all ages entertained. With a card deck, dice, candles, corks and more, there are enough fun camping games explained in the accompanying instruction leaflet for hours of fun. This kit makes a fantastic gift for budding adventurers as it comes with a personalisation option, and is also compact enough to easily pack for travel.
- Price: £20
- Suitable for all ages
- Personalisation option
Best For Under 10s
6. Swingball Early Fun
Many of us remember this classic game from the last few decades, and it appears that Swingball isn't going anywhere any time soon. The beauty of Swingball is that it can be played with one person, or alternatively two players can compete. Great for starting kids out on the techniques required for racquet sports such as tennis, Swingball is also, simply put, just great fun. Since the base of the set also functions as a storage case, this is actually a great option to take camping with kids, as it doesn't take up much room and is easy to assemble. Plus, once you're back from your trip you can set this up in the garden for the whole family take turns at putting their Swingball skills to the test!
- Price: £20
- Age: 3-10
- For 1-2 players
Best For All Ages
7. DIVCHI 6 Piece Wooden Rounders Set
For many of us, the idea of playing rounders is the ultimate throwback to our school days. Not surprisingly, rounders is still a hit to this day, and is guaranteed to have the whole family up and raring to go. Rounders is a unique sport that can help kids get to grips with batting skills, improving their hand-eye coordination and reaction times. The kit comes with all you need to set up your own rounders pitch, and includes a carry bag that can easily be packed into the boot of the car.
- Price: £10.99
- Age: 5+
- Made from FSC approved timber
- Comes with a mesh carry bag
Best For Competitive Families
8. Quoits Garden Ring Toss Game
One of the nation's favourite family camping games, ring tossing is so simple yet addictive. This version has points written on each post, so you can easily keep score of the game, and make it into more of a competition if you desire. While this can be played with one player, there actually isn't a limit to how many people can play, which makes this a great game to get for larger families or groups. With only simple assembly required, this traditional-style wooden game is sure to be used time and time again.
- Price: £12.99
- Suitable for all the family
- Requires simple assembly
- Made from wood and rope
Best Novelty Option
9. Throw Throw Burrito Game
Who doesn't love burritos? Throw Throw Burrito is one of the most popular family games available at the moment, and is sure to get everyone up on their feet. If you're looking for camping ideas that really will appeal to everyone, packing this hilarious game will have everyone in fits of giggles. Equally fun for adults and kids alike, this quick fire game also involves throwing burritos at each other! Don't worry, the burritos themselves are made of soft foam, and the element of surprise makes this game all the more fun.
- Price: £24.99
- Age: 7+
Best For Families On A Budget
10. Aerobie Sprint 10 Inch Flying Ring
What's a family trip without a little bit of frisbee? If the kids are frisbee fanatics (or just love a good run-around), the Aerobie Sprint ring is a great option that can fly further than a regular frisbee due to its slimline design. It has soft edges so is safe for kids to play with, and also comes in a selection of fun neon colours.
- Price: £8
- Age: 7+
- Multiple colour options
- Manufacturer's 1 year guarantee
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