5 ideas for campsites and festivals!

You’ve decided to do a family camping trip – no screens allowed. The chance to spend some quality time together, what could possibly go wrong?

These easy activities are perfect for keeping kids busy whether you’re in a sunny field or sheltering under canvas. They’re ideal for kids of different ages, and they’ll give you 5 minutes peace and quiet.

Now, where did you pack the camping stove and kettle?

1) Shadow shapes: Play in the sun or head inside the tent with a torch if it’s raining

What you’ll need: a torch

What to do:

1. Find a space where the sun is shining and hold up your hands in different shapes to make shadows.
2. If it’s raining, do the same but with a torch shining at the tent wall.

2) Nature ABC: Play this sat around camp or on a walk!

Take it in turns to go around the group and find an item beginning with each letter of the alphabet, a for ants, b for branch, c for cloud and so on!

3) Banana chocolate split: Easy campfire cooking

What you’ll need: banana, chocolate, foil

What to do:

1. Cut a slit in a banana.
2. Ask your little one to help you put 3 squares of chocolate inside the banana.
3. Get them to wrap the banana in foil.
4. Place the banana near the edge of a fire for 15 minutes. When the banana is soft and the chocolate is melted it’s ready to eat (be careful, it might be hot!)

4) Pineapple on sticks: perfect for roasting in the flames

What you’ll need: tin of pineapple rings, skewers

What to do:

1. Cut the pineapple rings into quarters.
2. Place a piece on a skewer and help your little one hold a skewer at the edge of fire to toast!

5) Monster mix up: an easy family game


What you’ll need: paper, pens

1. Each person playing needs a piece of paper and a pen. Draw a head of a monster without showing anyone and fold over. Swap pieces of paper.
2. Now draw a body for the monster, fold and swap again.
3. Draw legs and feet for the monster. Now unfold the paper and look at your creations. Be sure to make up names for your monsters!