Camping with 3 electronic obsessed little girls can be challenging but in the end it is so worth it.
My husband recently purchased an RV in hopes of getting our family away from the house, into the outdoors, and most of all getting our girls away from the computers. Our girls range from ages 3 – 9 years old and if they are not on an electronic of some sort (yes, we do our best to monitor them) they are clueless as to what to do. They all of a sudden become bored and do their very best to pester me into letting them back onto the computer, tablet, XBOX, etc.. , but I have learned to keep my foot down and stick with the rules no matter how many gray hairs they give me within a matter of minutes.
Here are a few ways we kept our 3 electronic obsessed little girls entertained and busy while we went camping.
- Take a tour of the campground that you are staying at and see what it has to offer. Many campgrounds are very kid friendly and throughout the day they have activities for kids. Most often they have a pool and playground as well.
- Bring bags for each child and collect stuff. My daughters collected shells, skip rocks, and flowers. This kept them on the hunt for a long time and then when we got back to the campsite they took the time to clean the rocks.
- If there is lake water, then it is always fun to fish or attempt to fish. We ran out of bait and used hot dog bites and the fish loved them, but so did my 3 year old.
- Help your kids use their imaginations. While you are exploring pretend that you are in a movie and act silly. I pretended we were in the Hunger Games; of course my girls just gave me ‘that look’.
- Roast marshmallows and make s’mores.
- Fly a kite, bring some chalk and a bubble machine.
- Play charades and make silly game show videos. When my oldest kids were little, we played ‘Survivor’ and filmed it as if we were on television. Being silly really makes time fly by.
- At night we like to play the ABC Game. This game is a huge hit and it makes the kids think. The way it works is, you think of a topic such as, drinks, animals, songs, foods, movies, actors etc and you go around in order from person to person and each person must say the noun that correlates with the given topic and you have to stay in order of the alphabet. For example, if the topic is animals, then I have to name an animal that begins with an ‘A’ and my daughter has to name one that begins with a ‘B’ and so on. If someone cannot think of a name then they are out of the game. It is an easy but fun and challenging game that is great for all ages.
These are just a few ideas and tips on how we successfully kept our kids entertained while we went camping. Since we purchased the RV we have been camping two times and each time my 3 electronic obsessed little girls never asked for their computer or tablet. My dream and goal is for my girls to live fun and as much electronic free as possible; like most of us did in the good ol’ days.
Do you have anything you can add to the list of how to successfully keep kids that are obsessed with electronics entertained while they are camping? If so, please share. Your tips may come in handy for me next time.
When we go to Algonquin park we bring sunflower seeds for the chipmunk, they eat out of your hands
I had to google Algonquin Park and it is BEAUTIFUL!
Haha, my boys are OBSESSED with their electronics, too. I have to limit them otherwise they would just sit there and read on their Kindles or play games all day.
Camping is a great way to break free from electronics. That’s true for the kiddos and the parents. 😉
I hear a lot of parents who say – the electronics make it easier and they are educational. My boys have always had a limit of 30 minutes a day for tv or any device. We go hiking a lot and read a lot of books but electronics are not the main source of their fun. It is not hard once they get used to it.
We find that board games are engaging enough to keep the ipads out of their hands. Of course you need a light (electronic) to light up the area, but that’s it!
My kids are the same way. Such a different day in age.
I do not like camping if its in a tent,I am happy in an RV,but tent camping is a big no no lol.
My girls love electronics too and it kind of bothers me. Kids should be playing with toys and dolls.
Love that Jennifer W! Parents allow kids to over use electronics to give parents a ‘break’.. I can say that because I have been there and done that!
We recently took our four kiddos camping and it actually turned out to be a lot less stressful than I thought it would be. The playpen definitely helped out a ton with our one year old and our boys stayed occupied with water guns, hikes, and looking for pinecones and rocks.
I don’t know if it’s good to get children so heavily involved into electronics at a young age.
We do not camp but when I take my girls on all day trips, they do miss their technology. It is difficult but I try to make this an opportunity to talk and get to know each other better. There is nothing like human contact.
I’m a book lover so I would say bring some entertaining books along, even if it’s a coloring book. My 2 oldest are never far away from their cell phone or computer.
I am amazed at how almost all kids are attached to technology! I think it’s absolutely crazy so I believe that your gray hairs are totally worth it getting them away for a while 🙂
My kids are grown but I did not have this issue since we basically just had a few game systems out when they were young. The outside was something they loved and they were always great play buddies so I never had a lot of issues with that.
We are battling electronic addiction as well. I need to work on my mother, who is happy to hand him an iPad anytime so long as he’s playing educational games.
I love camping, and it’s so important to just LOG OFF. My kids will learn this the hard way in the coming weeks
That has to be a nice change of pace without technology in your face. I am not big on camping, but I love the aspect of family togetherness
I love all these tips. The collecting stuff would go over well with my daughter, as that’s something she does anyways 🙂
I just went camping with my boys the other day and it was wonderful. I loved being with nature and not being on the phone..blogging, fb, or mine craft LOL
I’ve actually NEVER gone camping! I need to when the weather cools off!