Now that it's officially summer, it seemed like the perfect time to launch our 5 Reasons series. Each week, we'll dive into some of our favorite topic and give you our top five reasons for why we love them so. First up: Camping with Kids!!
5 Reasons to Go Camping with Your Kids This Summer!
Simple is good, especially when it comes to kids. Once you’re out in the woods, there are only three things to think about: Food, Shelter, and Exploration. That’s it. You can spend hours picking the best spot for your tent. Your kids can build a fort and take it apart three times if they want without feeling rushed. Card games can last for hours. Building a fire can be the big event of the day. Everyone can take a deep breath and just BE. It’s amazing what happens when you pare down your to-do list and take time limitations out of the equation.
Moments of true wonder are priceless. We’ve all experienced them at one point or another. When the world conspires to show you just how magical it can be and you’re left feeling inspired and overwhelmed with sheer beauty of life. Kids need that, we all do. Wonder is the bridge to curiosity, creativity, and connection, all things that are pretty priceless in life. But sometimes, we can be too busy to stop and notice the amazing things around us. If you’ve been feeling like that lately, Nature has you covered. She’ll fill your cup of wonder to the brim with majestic forests, sparkling streams, and twinkling stars.
Open space without scheduled activities means kids have time to get a little bored, which is a really good thing. You see, boredom can be the first step toward amazing creativity and innovation. Some of my favorite memories from childhood are of long lazy afternoons in the woods where I had to invent my own entertainment. Nature is full of interesting materials that are extremely versatile, not to mention, good at inspiring the imaginations of young kiddos. Fairy houses? Stick rafts? Handmade butterfly nets? Creativity abounds!
4. Problem Solving:
You can’t just run to the store or google your way out of a problem when you’re out in the woods. You have to use the tools in front of you and the resources of your own ingenuity. Problem solving in the woods can teach kids a lot of really valuable things about everything from physics, to botany, to trigonometry and more, without any of it even feeling like a “lesson”. Oh, and nothing beats the exhilarating feeling of solving a problem with a few sticks and a piece of string. Calling Jr. McGyver anyone?
Particularly this day and age, learning how to work as a team may be one of the most important life skills you can give you kids. Camping, and its unpredictable landscape, makes it clear that two minds and two sets of hands are better than one, any day of the week. Learning how to communicate and work together to navigate trails with a compass, steer a kayak, or build a tent can translate into stellar collaboration in the classroom and beyond.
Free Camping Activities:
Click the image above for a link to lots of free camping games! Oh and don't forget to check out our camping category over in the shop!