11. Take them out for a swim.
Depending on where you go camping, you can usually find a lake and/or pool that’s within a reasonable distance. Pack everyone’s bathing suits, and plan to head out for a refreshing swim in the water. It’s great exercise, and much more exciting than letting them sit in the tent with their hand held games. (Check out this awesome Swim Trainer & Life Jacket for the young ones.)
12. Teach them about nature.
Find a kid-friendly guide from your local bookstore or on Amazon (like this one) that explains all the different types of trees and plants. On your next trip, you’ll be able to take them around to learn first-hand what the species look like in person. It’s a fun, educational way to get them to learn and appreciate the beauty of nature.
13. Play a game with a net.
Badminton and volleyball nets can be set up easily if you have enough space, and they’re a pretty entertaining way to burn off all their energy, quick. Make sure to go easy on ’em. Here’s a kid-friendly Two-In-One Game Set.
14. Play glow-in-the-dark ring toss.
Once it gets dark, grab some glowsticks and challenge your little ones to a classic game of ring toss. You can make a pole out of just about anything, from a stick in the ground to recycled paper towel rolls.
With these ideas, you should never hear the words, “I’m bored!” again (or at least for another 15 minutes). So tell us, what are some budget-friendly ways you keep your little ones entertained while camping?