50 Campy Things To Do With Your Kids

Looking for things to do at home besides screen time? Enjoy 50 “campy” activities with your kids… most of which we do with our campers at Loucon!

  1. Warm Fuzzy Board - Write nice notes to each other, folded, with the family member’s name on the front. Place on fridge or corkboard to create your own at-home “Warm Fuzzy Board”.
  2. Hunt for four-leaf clovers – Enjoy some time outside and hunt for four-leaf clovers.
  3. Make a cabin name & “cabin chant” for your family – Campers love to share a cabin color (sported with their bandanas), a cabin name, and sometimes a cabin chant.
  4. Card Games - In between activities, campers find it handy to keep a deck of cards in their backpack and play some games. Here’s a link to some great kid-friendly card games: https://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/kids-games/indoor-play/snap-12-classic-card-games-to-teach-the-kids/news-story/1d153893aee53908749c1377c588928c
  5. Eco-Art - Hunt outside for materials to create a nature masterpiece. Arrange fallen twigs, leaves, grass, and rocks into your own Eco-Art.
  6. Silly Songs - See how many camp silly songs you can remember. Here, we’ll give you a couple reminders: Papayas & Deep Down In My Heart (I Love My Jesus).
  7. Highs & Lows - During cabin time before bed, campers discuss with their cabin mates and counselors their “high” of the day and their “low” of the day. Go around the table at dinner and share your highs and lows.
  8. Pet Rocks - Find a rock outside and decorate it to be your very own Pet Rock. Draw faces with sharpies, hot glue googley eyes… just get creative!
  9. Frisbee - Stay active by finding fun things to do outside. Campers love throwing a Frisbee in front of the dining hall during camp.
  10. Scavenger Hunt - Create a scavenger hunt around your house and yard with a prize at the end. Either have kids find a list of objects or take photos of a list objects, or hide riddles around to take kids place to place.
  11. Folk Dance - Have your own folk dance time! Follow our Spotify folk dance playlist to dance along: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2m1D3XGBWCyeONPVOxMFde?si=SpvImF9_T5qVDPViagLa-Q 
  12. Personal Quiet Time - Spend some time in prayer and scripture-reading. You can read the following passage: Colossians 3:1-17 (or whatever scripture your child may want).
  13. Friendship Bracelets - Here is a video on 4 different techniques on how to make a friendship bracelet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrn01JeAnQk
  14. Scream, Shout, Let it All Out - All players start at the same place (maybe one side of the yard OR on the same spot of a sidewalk). On the count of three, all players run and yell at the top of their lungs at the same time. Run until you can’t scream any more! Stop and stand in the place where you stopped yelling. Who went the farthest?
  15. The Story Game - Your family is going to make up their own story. One person starts the story with one sentence. The next person adds another sentence, and so on. The entire story is told one sentence at a time. Go around the circle until your family finishes the story.
  16. Journaling - It’s a good and healthy thing to write out your thoughts. Here’s some topics to write about: What have you been up to this week? What’s your favorite hobby right now? Write out a prayer to God: thank him for the good things and pray for those around you.
  17. Duck, duck goose - It’s fun to enjoy silly games together like this!
  18. Tie dye - Tie dye a t-shirt, or maybe a pair of socks! How to: https://www.favecrafts.com/Tie-Dye/How-to-Tie-Dye-a-Shirt-with-Food-Coloring
  19. Compliment Circle - Sit in a circle. One person starts and chooses a person to give a compliment to. Next, that person gives a compliment to someone else in the circle. Keep going until everyone in the circle has received a compliment.
  20. Make a Bird Feeder - Feed the birds in YOUR backyard. How to: https://preschoolinspirations.com/pine-cone-bird-feeders/
  21. Take a Hike - Find a trail near by to hike, or take a walk around your neighborhood. The fresh air and exercise is good for mind, body, and spirit.
  22. Discovery Bible Study  - Discovery Bible Study is a simple way to study scripture with a group. Take a scripture, and discuss the following questions as a family. What does this say about God? What does this say about people? What can I take away from this scripture/how can I grow? Who am I going to share this with?
  23. Mail Call! - Send a letter to a family member or friend.
  24. Help clean your “dining hall”!  - At camp, cabins take turns cleaning the Dining Hall after each meal. Campers put away their trays, wipe their tables, sweep the floors, and sometimes mop.
  25. God’s Eyes - This is a camp craft favorite. This craft is a great decoration for camper’s bedroom and also a good reminder that God is always watching over us – in good times and tough times! How to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X53ZXcHoR_c
  26. Star Gaze - Lay out a pallet of blankets outside and star gaze! See what constellations you can find. If it’s not good weather or too cloudy, try again the next night. Check out this “Kid’s Guide to Star Gazing”- https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/astronomy/a-kid-s-guide-to-stargazing
  27. Walking Conversation - This is an activity we have campers do to get to know each other, but you can always have closer relationships to your family members too. Take a walk around your neighborhood or backyard and figure out things you both enjoy. What’s your favorite toy? What’s your favorite TV show? What was your favorite vacation?
  28. Worship - We love hearing our campers praising God together. Even if you’re not in a group, you can still worship God through music. Sing along to some of your favorite worship music today! Follow our Camp Loucon Worship Spotify playlist at: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2ecxdekW3eNirP85GQ2DSO?si=UCPNLsiMRZSHZhiCxXWvtg 
  29. Camp T-Shirt Day! - Wear your favorite Loucon t-shirt. Added challenge: sketch a design as if you were designing a Loucon shirt.
  30. Making S’mores - Make a s’more over the fire or in your microwave. Don’t have s’mores ingredients? See what dessert creation you can make out of your pantry.
  31. Talent Show - Have a talent show today: perform a fun dance, sing a song, or maybe even cook/bake and share a treat. Have fun!
  32. Obstacle course - In your yard or living room, put together an obstacle course and compete for the fastest time, OR do it relay-style. See how fast your family can complete the course.
  33. Chalk Drawings - Spend some time outside drawing with chalk. Draw fun pictures, and maybe even write encouraging messages to your neighbors on your sidewalk. Spread some joy today.
  34. Tug of war - Is your family competitive? Compete in a tug of war competition.
  35. Leaf Craft - Get crafty with nature. Collect different kinds of leaves outside, grab some crayons and paper, and create art. How to: https://www.firstpalette.com/craft/leaf-rubbings.html
  36. Gutter Ice Cream - Our senior high campers sometimes enjoy an ice cream treat in a (clean and foiled) gutter. But instead of eating out of a gutter, just enjoy an ice cream treat as a family today.
  37. Learn Clap Game - Did you learn this at camp? If not, learn it today! Fun way to pass the time. Video Clip here: https://www.facebook.com/162466494791/videos/1696872967135028/
  38. Service Project - Check in with your friends and neighbors – do they need anything? Maybe they just need some encouragement. Let’s be the church!
  39. Keep the ball in the air! - With a ball or balloon, try to keep it in the air. Keep it in the air as many hits as you can, then try to beat your highest scores as a family.
  40. A.C.T.S. Prayer - This prayer activity is one that can help us learn how to pray or focus in our prayers. Write out your prayer by filling in each topic: Admiration: tell God why you love Him. Confession: ask God for forgiveness. Thanksgiving: what are you thankful for? Supplication: what do you want to ask God for?
  41. Canteen time - Have a snack together. Enjoy it outside or at the table together.
  42. Build a tower - Build a tower out of sticks, Legos, blocks, or cards. Work as a team to see how high you can make your tower.
  43. Create your own folk dance - Pick a song and post the video of your dance.
  44. Trash to Treasure - Create something out of recycle materials you might normally throw out - such as yogurt pots, toilet paper rolls, boxes - and see what you can create with them.
  45. Warm Fuzzy to Teacher - Write a card - a “warm fuzzy” - to your teacher!
  46. “Cabin Clean Up” - Make a “Cabin Clean Up” list for your kids’ rooms. Give a deadline of when “inspections” will take place! Use the results to give them privileges, like first in line at dinner, getting 15 minutes of extra lights-on time at night, etc.
  47. Nature Drawing - Go outside or look out the window and draw or paint what you see outside.
  48. “Five to Ten” Game - Participants have ten seconds to name five things that fit in to a category of your choosing. Once you give them the category, “Five things you’d find in the sky”, for example, begin counting down out loud immediately. Keep track on your fingers each one they get correct (it’s harder than you would think!)
  49. Photography Track - Go outside and take photos of what you see as beautiful: trees, grass, flowers, the sky, or maybe animals.
  50. Camp Out - Make a “cabin” or “fort” out of blankets and pillows OR -weather permitting- camp out in the back yard in a tent!

Enjoy these camp activities at home!

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