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Money-saving hacks that keep the kids entertained on a camping trip

Category: News, Date: 22 June 2023

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Camping trips can be a fantastic opportunity for families to bond and create lasting memories. However, the costs associated with such trips can sometimes add up quickly.

Fortunately, there are numerous money-saving hacks that can keep the kids entertained while camping, ensuring a fun-filled experience without breaking the bank.

One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to keep kids entertained is by engaging them in nature-based activities.

Encourage them to explore the surroundings, go on nature walks, and discover fascinating creatures like insects, birds, and small animals.

One Facebook user, Derek, suggested: “Anything!! Think outside the Box. Look for something,throw a Boomerang. Fishing,diving,Dirt Bikes can’t go wrong!! Lol ðŸ˜‚ Teach Em Stuff about Camping, survival, water,where to find.Bush Tucker. BMX.. Skateboard, Frisbee!!!! Throw a rock, Skipp Pebbles”

Additionally, organising scavenger hunts or treasure hunts with items found in nature can provide hours of entertainment and excitement.

Money-Saving Hacks While Camping

Campfire activities are another fantastic money-saving option. Gather around the campfire and engage in classic activities like storytelling, where each family member takes turns adding to a collective narrative.

Roasting marshmallows for s’mores is a timeless tradition that kids of all ages enjoy.

Additionally, you can introduce them to the wonders of stargazing, identifying constellations, and spotting shooting stars, creating a magical experience under the night sky.

Traditional games and outdoor sports can also provide endless entertainment without spending much money.

One Facebook user, Lisa, said: “We use to camp by the river would look for a strong branch and put up a rope swing with a knot tied through a piece of wood hours and hours of fun”

Bring along a frisbee, ball, or badminton set for games of catch or friendly competitions. Encourage kids to explore their surroundings by going on hikes or bike rides, and discovering new trails or hidden gems in the area. It not only keeps them active but also allows them to appreciate nature’s beauty.

Engaging kids in creative activities can be both fun and cost-effective. Pack art supplies like coloured pencils, markers, and paper for them to express their creativity by drawing or painting scenes from the camping trip.

You can also encourage them to collect rocks or pinecones during walks and create crafts with these natural materials. For a fun twist, organize a rock painting session and hide the painted rocks around the campsite for others to find, sparking a sense of adventure.

Not to mention, even simply just involving kids in campsite chores and responsibilities not only keeps them busy but also teaches them valuable life skills.

Assign them tasks such as setting up the tent, gathering firewood, or helping with meal preparations. They will feel a sense of accomplishment and contribution, all while learning the importance of teamwork and responsibility.

For some extra suggestions, we took to our Facebook page and asked the real pros on their money-saving hacks that keep the kids entertained.

See what they had to say here:

  • Some suggestions for keeping kids entertained while camping include: printing out a map for them to mark off towns or intersections, getting them to hunt for their own food, engaging in ball games, exploring, riding bikes, crab hunting, rock skipping, colouring, playing cards and chess, using cheap metal detectors to search for treasure, leaving them with grandparents or at home, participating in outdoor activities like fishing, hand lining for yabbies, cooking over coals, playing games with empty bottles, engaging in sightseeing walks, playing board games, and going on adventures in nature.
  • Some humorous suggestions include playing “spot the roadkill” and guessing what it is, leaving the kids at home, and playing games like mud hole trophies and bowls near the fire.
  • Other activities mentioned include swimming, interacting with nature (sticks, rocks, dirt, mud, wildlife), organising treasure hunts, telling stories around a bonfire, throwing a boomerang, fishing, diving, riding dirt bikes, teaching survival skills, and engaging in various sports and games.
  • Suggestions for keeping kids entertained during car journeys include providing in-car entertainment such as DVDs, magazines, books, board games, fidget items, and travel quiz journals, as well as essential items like sunscreen, hats, and snacks.
  • Additional ideas include cutting firewood, flying kites, painting rocks and hiding them, reading, playing card games, playing spotlight hide and seek, gathering kindling, playing with glow sticks, creating and painting pet rocks, playing pushbikes, hiking, playing board games, using water guns in summer, playing totem tennis, playing Frisbee or boomerang, using pool noodles for creeks, building fires, roasting marshmallows, telling scary stories, playing hopscotch and elastics, and organizing musical chairs.
  • The importance of getting kids away from electronic devices and engaging in outdoor activities, such as fishing and learning how to catch beach worms, is emphasised.

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