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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Best Group Games for Camping (with free printable)

The Best Group Games for Camping // In Our Pond // card games // tile games // active games // outdoor // camping // camping games // memorial day weekend // 4th of july // labor day weekend


I was chatting with my mom about summer camping trips, and she suggested this blog post.  We play a lot of games on our camping trips, and encourage people who camp with us to bring their favorites.  There is always a lot variety, since we try to stay "unplugged" during our trips.  Below, I'm sharing group game ideas that wash easily, pack down small, and involve the whole body.



Stormy Day Games
We always hope for beautiful, sunny days when we're camping, but we don't always get them.  Great rainy day games are ones that won't blow away in the wind and that can be cleaned if they get muddy/gritty.  Most of these games have some form of tiles.

The Best Group Games for Camping // In Our Pond // card games // tile games // active games // outdoor // camping // camping games // memorial day weekend // 4th of july // labor day weekend
This game is like Scrabble but doesn't need a board.

I think this Star Wars version is so neat!

This is a bit like Tetris, but more competitive.  

This is my favorite game.

This camping version would be good for kids.

My dad's favorite game, so ask him to play.

  The math version of Scrabble.

This classic game won't blow away.

                                                                          My sister used to drive me crazy with this game!




Best Cards Games
We also play quite a few card games when we go camping.  While these don't always work well at the picnic table, they're great for recreation vehicles and tents.  They don't take up very much room so you can pack a lot of them.

The Best Group Games for Camping // In Our Pond // card games // tile games // active games // outdoor // camping // camping games // memorial day weekend // 4th of july // labor day weekend
This classic game in available in many versions.

You want to be the person who names something last before the timer goes off.

This is a silly comparison game for kids and adults.

Draw 2 cards and find the similarities between them.

This would be a good road trip game too.

Watch out!  This can be a fierce game!

I have been known to get quite animated with this game.

There are SO many games you can play with a plain deck of cards!

You've Got to be Kidding!
A funny "would you rather" game for all ages.




Full Body Games
When the weather is nice, but it's not time for swimming, these action games will get everyone moving and participating.  Many of these are classics, but there are a few old favorites.

The Best Group Games for Camping // In Our Pond // card games // tile games // active games // outdoor // camping // camping games // memorial day weekend // 4th of july // labor day weekend
This portable version would be great for travel.

This yard bowling game can be played anywhere.

Get points for landing balls on different levels.

This set is glow-in-the-dark.

This game could be played with a large group.

This giant set blows up and packs away small.

The game of kings and queens

Look for an open fields suitable for a game of catch.

                                                                         Throw a rubber chicken and aim for a target.




Free Printable Game

Animal Tracks Matching Game in an Altoid Tin // In Our Pond // kids games // DIY // printable // free printable // crafts // camping // summer camp // learning // summer learning // homeschool  // montessori

Recently, I've been working on a lot of printable games that will fit in an Altoid tin (you know how I love my tins).  This matching game features animal tracks from Etsy shop Digital Art Card and animal pictures from Pixabay.  I put the animal names on both cards to make the game useful for learning and not just challenging.  Put your tracking skills to use and make some matches!


Animal Tracks Matching Game in an Altoid Tin // In Our Pond // kids games // DIY // printable // free printable // crafts // camping // summer camp // learning // summer learning // homeschool  // montessori
Click on the Picture to Download the Printable

This game is suitable for ages 4/5 to adult.  Just print (I recommend cardstock), laminate, and stick it in a tin.  The printable comes with a label for the tin as well.  Either modge podge or hot glue the label onto the tin.  To play, lay all cards face down in rows and columns, then take turns flipping over two cards at a time to make a match.  If you're successful, keep the match as evidence and play again.  If you're unsuccessful, turn the cards back over and let someone else have a turn.  The game is over when all the cards have been matched and the winner is the person with the most matches.


As always, this printable is only for personal use.


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