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10 Fun Campfire Games for a Family Camping Trip
Heading out on a family camping trip is the perfect way to get the kids (and adults!) away from screens for a while. Instead of falling into your usual patterns of scrolling through your phone or watching cat videos on YouTube, why not try building a campfire together as a family and playing some fun games? Doing fun activities together as a family will help you to create memories that you’ll treasure in the years to come. Here are ten fun campfire game ideas for the whole family to enjoy.
1. I Spy
I Spy is a great game for the whole family. It requires no setup and no preparation and can quickly be employed to occupy bored children. I Spy is a particularly good game to play when your children are quite young as it’s a brilliant way to teach your kids new words while keeping them quiet for a while. Just make sure you play it while the sun’s still up.
2. S’mores Making Competition
No camping trip would be complete without making s’mores around the campfire. This is a fun activity that you can easily turn into a game. Why not have a contest to see who can make the biggest or more inventive s’mores? Just be careful not to have a s’mores eating competition unless you’re prepared to deal with upset stomachs.
3. The Picnic Game
One person starts by saying, "I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing..." and chooses something they'd bring, like sandwiches. The next person has to recall the items that came before them and then add one of their own, so "I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing sandwiches and napkins." Keep going around in a circle until the list gets so long that no one can remember anything!
4. 20 Questions
Each round, one player is chosen to think of an object, person or animal. The other players can ask up to 20 questions in order to find out what object, person or animal the chosen player is thinking of. The catch is that the only answers that can be given are “Yes” and “No.”
Charades is classic fun for all ages, Each round, one player has to act out the title of a book, song or movie and all the other players have to guess what it is - no speaking allowed! If you’re playing with younger children, it’s good to have a selection of ideas for them to pick out of a hat or to play in teams.
6. Ghost stories
There’s a reason telling ghost stories around a campfire is a classic pastime. Think up your spookiest stories together as a family and take turns telling chilling tales. This is a brilliant activity if you have older children, but be careful not to give any younger kids nightmares.
7. Add to the Story
Another fun game for the whole family is to collectively tell a story. Going around the campfire in order, each person says one sentence of the story. The next player will then add the next sentence, and so on until the story has finished or you’re all laughing too much to continue.
8. Two Truths and a Lie
Every player has to come up with three sentences about themselves. Two of these sentences are true but the third is a lie. You can make this game easy (by coming up with a very surreal and obvious lie) or very hard (by saying three things that could all plausibly be true). The level of difficulty is entirely up to you.
Another fun family activity to do that doesn’t require any preparation is stargazing. When you’re out in the country in the dark, you’ll have an unparalleled chance to see lots of stars that might not be visible where you live. This is a great time to teach children about the constellations in the sky and the stories surrounding them. You could also use this as a great opportunity to teach older children some fun, fascinating facts about the science of space.
The first person whispers a message to the person on their right, who then whispers what they’ve heard to the person on their right, who passes the message on again. When it gets around to the last person in the group, they announce the message they heard. Some funny changes happen every time.