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Ways to Keep Your Kids Active and Engaged
With most kids being out of school you’re probably searching for ways to keep your little ones busy with activities that will entertain and stimulate their brains. Luckily, we have a lot of experience on that subject. Our activities directors are masters at helping kids be creative and enjoy the great outdoors.
Here are a few of our tips to bring some campground style activities to your own home!
Our campground scavenger hunts are always a big hit, so give this one a try at home. Write out a series of clues and hide them throughout your house and yard, with a prize at the end. Remember, the harder you make it the longer they’ll be busy and flexing those mental muscles. A great prize would be a basket stocked with popcorn, snacks and hot cocoa and the movie screening of their choice.
Let your kid's creative streak shine with some arts and crafts. This could be as simple as setting them up with Playdough or as coordinated as picking a theme for each day they’re home and having them create drawings, collages and stories based on that theme. Stay tuned for more ideas on campground themed crafts.
Build a Fort
Bring the campground right into your own living room by building a fort with your little ones. All you need are some sheets, pillows and blankets. Toss a comforter over the kitchen table or drape sheets between the couch and coffee table so kids can cuddle up in their very own tent. Give them some flashlights, coloring supplies and books and they’ll entertain themselves for hours.
So you might not have enough people for a full game of baseball or the equipment for a game of volleyball, but there are plenty of games you can play at home. Got a kickball? Mark out a four square court on your driveway using chalk or in the grass using spray paint and go to town. Don’t forget about games like soccer and flag football, which can basically just require a ball.
When times get tough return to classics. Head outside with the kiddos and play a game of tag, hide and seek, hopscotch, duck duck goose, Simon says, I spy or red light green light. If you need more ideas for classic kids games check these out.
Become naturalists in your own back yard. Ask your kids to look around and see what birds, flowers and plants they can see. If they can’t identify something look it up. Apps like PlantNet allow you to snap a picture and identify what you’re looking at. This is a great way to learn something new and get plugged into your local ecosystem.
If you’re a camper you probably have s’mores supplies and a fire pit at your house, so host your own s’mores social. Light a campfire, sing songs, tell stories and toast up some marshmallows for s'mores.
Bingo is always a favorite at Strafford KOA! Print out these camping themed bingo sheets and turn your living room into a bingo hall. If you want to make it extra special play for candy bars or snacks like we do at the campground.