Advanced technology has changed the meaning of fun for children. A few decades ago, fun meant various outdoor activities. Today, children perceive pleasure as an aspect associated with electronic gadgets. Nowadays, it is more difficult to convince children to engage in nature activities such as camping. However, all hope is not lost as there are various tactics one can use to invite children to camp.
One-Day Outdoor Event
One of the best ways to make children interested in camping is taking them on a one-day nature activity. For instance, taking them for hiking, nature walk, fishing or a simple road trip. During the period, it is essential to observe the reaction of the children, that is, whether they are excited or not bothered about the event. According to reliable sources, most children are usually enthusiastic about the outdoor games, and the thrill makes them want to do more. Once the children are happy about the nature activities, it will be easier to invite them to camp because they will want to experience more than they did in a day.
Narrating your own experiences about camping to your children never goes wrong. Children are curious beings and telling them stories makes them imagine what it might be like for them. It is advisable to say to them your occurrences while in camping as a child, more so the nature experiences. For instance, you could let them know about a mysterious solid rock you came about, a rare creature that you saw while tracking in the woods, how you made your raft and crossed a river or stream or even a lifetime friend you met while camping. Kids are likely to look forward to camping once you tell them about your amazing encounters.
Allow Kids to Carry Toys and Tag along Friends
Children love their toys. They may reject your camping proposal if they have it in mind that they have to leave toys behind. Allowing them to bring their favorite toys is enough to convince them to join you in camping. However, they should not carry electronic gadgets that are likely to be a distraction. Some of the toys that are perfect for camping include binoculars, bikes, board games, balls, magnifying glasses, card games, small plastic buckets and shovels among others. Kids are likely to have fun because they are using their favorite objects while appreciating nature at the same time. Also, the children can tag along with their friends if they wish to. They will have to enjoy the period more if they share it with their peers.
Apart from nature activities such as site seeing, tracking, hiking and others, children can engage in many sports while camping. For instance, they may participate in swimming competition, soccer, water balloon fight, skiing, sand castle building and many others. The games to play depending on the nature of the camping site. For instance, swimming and water skiing is possible if there is a water body while rock climbing is possible if there are hills, mountains or piles of huge rocks at the site. There are lots of games to make children excited during the whole camping period.
Let the kids explore the beauty and wonders of nature, and also the fun activities that nature can offer to us all who are adventurous and curious when outdoors. You can also involve them in some camping groups in the community too to get them really hooked at outdoor recreational activities. This is not a hateful write-up about technology, just an important reminder to let kids (or even us) balance social life engagement.