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.