Camping as a family can offer wonderful educational opportunities for your kids – and you! Take a look at a few of the ways camping can be a great educational activity, and don’t miss the free printable we have for you!
How Camping Can Build Survival Skills
The first and most obvious thing camping teaches us is survival skills. Kids need to learn how to enjoy the great outdoors while recognizing the hazards. What snakes are common in your area? What poisonous plants could your kids encounter?
This is not only important to learn for survival, but it’s also a great way to work in some animal and plant identification, too!
Make sure everyone knows how to administer first aid. This is not only a key survival skill, it’s also a critical skill to have in daily living. You might want to look at this FREE Printable RN Approved First Aid Kit Checklist.
Practice Organizational Skills
They also need to learn how to plan ahead for safety. What food will they need? What clothes are needed for the weather conditions you may encounter? What can they do to prepare for changes in the weather? What natural hazards must be avoided?
Build Problem Solving Skills
As you are planning your family camping trip, suggest problems that may arise and help your kids think through them and find safe solutions. This will help them better respond if a problem or true emergency does occur.
Physical Activity While Camping
Packing for a family camping trip as well as setting up camp and doing all the chores necessary to operate the camp are great ways to make sure kids are getting important physical activity.
Work On Map Reading Skills
Another reason camping is a great educational activity is because to be safe and successful, you have to be able to read and understand maps. Make sure your kids have a solid understanding of how to read maps of the area you are camping in.
You can even have little ones get involved by drawing maps of your house or neighborhood. This FREE How to Read Maps unit is a great place to start!
Build Relationships Between Siblings
Camping as a family means spending a lot of time close together without all the comforts – and possibly space – you have at home. Take advantage of this time to build patience with each other and reliance on each other. Enjoy time away from screens and electronic devices to listen to each other and really hear what is being said.
Outdoor Fun While Camping
No matter how much your kids are learning, make sure to plan plenty of time for fun! There are all sorts of outdoor games that you can adapt to play on camping trips. Or you could turn your hikes into outdoor scavenger hunts.
Whatever you do, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to grow together as a family, be amazed by God’s creation, and build terrific memories that will last a lifetime!
Grab our FREE Happy Campers activity bundle below! It has seven fun activities you can do on your camping trip including:
- making a camping comic
- recording camping memories
- playing tic tac toe
- playing four-in-a-row
- learning how to draw a bear
- playing camping bingo
- going on a camping scavenger hunt
And here are some fun FREE nature-themed resources you can use to enhance your trip!
Bonnie Rose Hudson’s heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her website WriteBonnieRose.com for homeschool and history curriculum, resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to check out her newest release from JourneyForth, The Hidden Village, an early reader set in India.