As summer gives way to fall, many people will be winterizing their RVs and putting them away for the colder months. Fortunately, you do not have to be one of those people. Why not keep the RV out for some fall-time camping with the kids? Not only will you get to continue to enjoy the relaxing camping experience, your kids will be thrilled as well.
After making the decision to keep the RV out for fall, you may be wondering what you’re going to do with your little campers during your trips. Obviously, camping during the fall months won’t include swimming, and it may not even include kayaking or canoeing. Fortunately, there are still plenty of other ways to have fun in nature, and many are completely unique to the gorgeous fall season.
Here are three of our favorite autumn camping activities for kids.
#1: Acorn Whistle
While acorns can be found on the ground in the summer, they become much more abundant as the weather turns colder. Take advantage of this fact by teaching your young nature explorers how to create a whistle from an acorn cap. Not only is this great fun, it could also be helpful knowledge to have in an emergency situation.
To create your own acorn cap whistle, simply place your thumbs back to back over the opening of the cap. Bend your thumbs to create a small triangle opening at the top of the cap and place your bottom lip on your knuckles while allowing your top lip to jut over the top of your thumbs. Blow gently and listen for a high pitch whistling sound.
This trick does take some practice, but it is totally worth it when you and your kids finally do get the hang of it. Once you have mastered this skill, be sure to experiment with various sizes of acorn caps to see what other pitches you can whistle at.
#2: Leaf Collecting
If you enjoy hiking, you are probably always looking for a way to entertain the kiddos during your treks through nature. Why not have the young hikers collect pretty fall leaves during your adventures? There are leaves in lots of amazing colors, shapes, and sizes, and collecting them could turn into a fun lesson on how to identify various leaves.
Once you return to your campsite, pull out the paper and crayons and let the kids go to town creating leaf rubbings. These are really fun to make, and can even be framed and used as wall art for your camper.
#3: Flashlight Tag
The fall season brings earlier sunsets, meaning much more of your camping time will be spent in darkness. However, you don’t have to let this fact put a damper on your fun. Instead, use the darkness to increase your fun by playing a rousing game of flashlight tag.
To play, bring out a bright flashlight and head to an open area that is free of tripping hazards. Give the flashlight to one child who is declared “it”. Everyone else scatters, and the flashlight holder attempts to tag them by catching them in the beam of his or her flashlight.
Another variation of this game is flashlight freeze tag. In this version, the person who is “it” is still trying to capture people in the beam of the flashlight, but when a person is caught he or she must freeze. The object of the game is for “it” to freeze everyone, with the last man standing becoming the new “it”. However, those frozen can become unfrozen by those who are both not “it” and not frozen, making the game infinitely more interesting.
With these simple activity ideas in mind, having fun on your autumn camping trips will be a cinch.
Have an idea you’d like to add? Let us know in the comments below.
About the Author:
Chelsea has the amazing opportunity to take part in full-time RV living and traveling with her tiny tribe. She homeschools her five-year-old son as they travel, and takes full advantage of their unique situation by using the entire world as her son’s classroom. A group of total Disney fanatics, Chelsea and her family often find themselves in the Orlando area in order to visit the Disney parks, but they have also visited over 25 of the 50 states with plans to see many more along the way. No matter where her travels take her, Chelsea enjoys riding bikes, gazing at beautiful sunsets, finding new coffee shops, Irish dancing, and sitting around a campfire with her family.
You can join her adventures through her blog, Wonder Wherever We Wander.
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