If you asked your family what is their favorite part of camping fun, do you know what they would say?
Families with kids won’t have to hear, “I’m bored” again!
After the Dutch oven camping dinner has been devoured and the sun is setting, what’s next … camping games, of course!
These 10 fun activities and campfire games for families keep the kid-friendly entertainment going until the last campfire log has turned into ashes!
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- 1 10 Fun Activities And Campfire Games For Families With Kids
- 2 Cool Things To Do Around A Campfire
- 2.1 Campfire Activity #1 – Campfire Cooking.
- 2.2 Campfire Activity #2 – Color Your Campfire Flames.
- 2.3 Campfire Activity #3 – Campfire Songs.
- 2.4 Campfire Activity #4 – Gaze Upon The Stars.Child’s Introduction To The Night Sky: The Story Of The Stars, Planets, Constellations And How To Find Them
- 2.5 Campfire Activity #5 – Tell Camping Stories & Jokes.Scout Jokes: A Collection Of Clean Jokes And Stories Related To Scouting, Camping And Hiking
- 2.6 Campfire Activity #6 – Camping For Foodies® Super Hero Camper Game (yes, it is our very own invention)!
- 2.7 Campfire Activity #7 – Next Line Please.National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)
- 2.8 Campfire Activity #8 – Name That Tune.
- 3 Large Group Campfire Games
- 4 Pre-Campfire Activity Kids Will Love
10 Fun Activities And Campfire Games For Families With Kids
We’re assuming you already know how to start a campfire but we have tips for you in case you don’t! 😉
Cool Things To Do Around A Campfire
Campfire Activity #1 – Campfire Cooking.
You’ve probably noticed my blog name is Camping For Foodies so it won’t surprise you that cooking is my personal favorite campfire activity.
Roasting marshmallows for s’mores is only the beginning of campfire cooking activities kids enjoy.
Consider popping some popcorn or making pie iron campfire pies for an after-dinner snack or dessert.
Check out my post for inspiration to elevate your s’mores: Campfire Smores Recipes: 10 Mouth-Watering Smore Variations!
And, check out this really cool campfire cooking equipment you can’t live without!
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Campfire Activity #2 – Color Your Campfire Flames.
I asked a few kids … “What are your favorite cool things to do with a campfire?”
By far, coloring the flames was at the top of the list!
It is mesmerizing to watch campfire flames dance throughout the night but sometimes kids get bored with that …
as soon as you add color to the flames, the excitement continues.
You can do this as simply as throwing a little table salt in the fire for a quick burst of bright glow or using fire colorant bags for a bigger array of long-lasting colors.
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Campfire Activity #3 – Campfire Songs.
Campfire Songs: Lyrics And Chords To More Than 100 Sing-Along Favorites
Everybody has their favorite tune when it comes to sing-along songs.
You can do this campfire activity acapella or add a guitar, harmonica or whatever else is nearby.
The families we hang out with tend to turn our coolers into drums.
It’s a good thing we like boondocking in the middle of nowhere! LOL
Campfire Activity #4 – Gaze Upon The Stars.
Child’s Introduction To The Night Sky: The Story Of The Stars, Planets, Constellations And How To Find Them
With the soft glow of the campfire being the only light around, tell the kids to look up and give them the opportunity to appreciate the expanse of the universe.
Some camping activities can quickly turn into fun learning experiences for kids too!
Teach them how to find the North Star by finding the Big Dipper, leading them to the Little Dipper with the North Star being the last star in its handle.
Another way to keep kids learning as they gaze upon the stars is to include space-themed activities with a campfire crackling in the background.
This Learning Journey Glow-In-The-Dark Space Puzzle is one of those “secret” learning activities that combines games and learning … but don’t tell the kids!
Discovering the magnificent creation of outer space happens as the kids play with this space-themed puzzle that is full of color during the day and … even more interestingly … glows in the dark at night!
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Kids just LOVE glow in the dark activities on camping trips!
You can find more camping games for kids in our Fun Camping Activities Kids Love (and adults will too!) post.
Campfire Activity #5 – Tell Camping Stories & Jokes.
Scout Jokes: A Collection Of Clean Jokes And Stories Related To Scouting, Camping And Hiking
Keep it clean for the kids and let the camping jokes rip.
The Scout Jokes Collection of camping jokes and stories might be a little corny but it is good wholesome fun fit for families with kids of all ages.
Campfire activities that bring families together with a good “from-the-soul belly laugh” are awesome!
Campfire Activities #6 – #10 – Play Fun Games Around The Campfire.
Our favorite campfire games complete our list of 10 Fun Campfire Activities For Families With Kids.
We don’t have one favorite game because it really depends on who is in the crowd!
Let the friendly competition begin!
Campfire Activity #6 – Camping For Foodies® Super Hero Camper Game (yes, it is our very own invention)!
Do you ever make up your own campfire games?
We did … and we had a great time doing it!
You can find it and other totally cool camping games in our Camping Games: Prove You Are A Super Hero Camper post!
Campfire Activity #7 – Next Line Please.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)
This is one of those uber fun campfire games for families who have a favorite movie or TV show.
Pick one movie or TV show episode everyone is familiar with and go around the campfire with everyone adding a line from memory until someone can’t think of a line.
Our go-to choice is Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase.
We have created a really fun trivia game about the Cousin Eddie RV that includes fun facts and quotes from the movie that featured the most famous RV of all time!
Campfire Activity #8 – Name That Tune.
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Don’t all families have “camping playlists”?
I know we do.
We don’t always agree which playlist is our favorite but we do love music around the campfire!
For this game, we let one person control the music player; they play a song while everyone else tries to guess the name and artist of the song.
The first person to get it right wins the authority to “thumbs up or down” the song.
So, if it is your favorite song and you want to listen to the entire thing, you better be fast with your imaginary buzzer!
Oh, and if everyone is stumped, the player gives clues until someone answers correctly.
You can always use your music player to accompany some super fun camping yard games you play by the light of your campfire!
Campfire Activity #9 – Twenty Questions.
Personally speaking, this is one of my favorite campfire games!
I like the strategy of coming up with unique questions that provide lots of information.
With this game one person is designated as the “thinker” and thinks of a subject (person, place or thing); the rest of the players ask one “yes or no” question at a time.
After the thinker answers with a “yes” or “no”, the “guesser” has one chance to guess the subject.
Each player around the campfire takes a turn until someone guesses correctly or 20 questions have been exhausted.
Campfire Activity #10 – Two Truths And A Lie.
This game is played as one person announces two facts and one lie about themselves.
Everyone sitting around the campfire has a chance to guess which one is the lie.
This is one of those campfire games that can get a little dicey (if you know what I mean), so make sure the families playing it are on the same page … especially if you have a mix of younger and older kids.
This is NOT intended to be a “How to buy beer with a fake ID” (or other illegal/undesirable event) training session!
As long as it is kept clean, this campfire game is fun and causes people to get to know each other better.
Large Group Campfire Games
If you are looking for really fun campfire games for large groups, we’ve got them!
Pre-Campfire Activity Kids Will Love
Kids love doing camping-related crafts … especially when they can build a campfire with their finished project!
Check out our How To Make Homemade Fire Starters Using Dryer Lint Easy DIY Camping Project post to see why these camp fire starters are so fun for kids and adults!
Our outer wrapping has fun trivia questions about Smokey Bear which makes our DIY fire starters cute and inexpensive gifts too!
If you are more interested in playing the games around the campfire than you are in starting the fire … check out our Fire Starters Camping Enthusiasts Must Have post for some really cool options!
Many campfire games can also be played during travel time.
If your next camping trip includes a long road trip, you should check out our 10 Fun Camping Road Trip Games To Play In The Car!
You won’t be disappointed as the miles go whizzing by without one person asking, “Are we there yet?”
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