Camping with your children is a great way to help them learn lifelong lessons and show them they can have fun without being sat behind a computer screen. If you love the outdoors and want to introduce your children to the wonders of camping, here are just a few reasons why it can be great for them.
Teaching Organisational Skills
Planning a family camping trip can be stressful, as you need to remember things, not just for you, but also for the kids. One way to make this easier on yourself and teach your children a lifelong lesson is to ask them to pack for themselves. Sit down and have a chat about what they think they might need for a camping trip. Make sure you cover everything from pillows to their favourite cuddly toy and warm clothing. Tell them to write a list and pack their own bag ready for the trip. This will make them excited for camping and teach them organisational skills plus independence.
Playing Outdoors is Fun
With technology taking over children’s lives, long gone are the days where children would go out in the morning and come back at night after a long day of exploring the great outdoors with their friends. If you want to show your children that you can have fun without the use of a screen, camping is a great way to do so and allows families to reconnect and have some family time without distractions. Show them that finding real animals is a lot more fun than Pokémon Go and making a fire for real is much cooler than building one on Minecraft.
Problem Solving Skills
Figuring out how to pitch a tent for the first time is difficult. Getting the kids involved in setting up camp will enhance their problem-solving skills and means when they are older, they will be able to set up a tent all on their own. If you are considering camping for a few days or walking to your destination, check out the best tents for backpacking to ensure you find a tent that is both comfortable and lightweight.
Respect for The Outdoors
A tidy campsite is one that is best for the outdoors and this will help your children to understand the importance of respecting nature. Leaving out food or rubbish can attract animals through the night and teaching your children this can keep them safe, as well as the animals. Any garbage should be thrown away at the end of the trip and each child should have personal responsibility for their own trash. Teaching children at an early age to respect nature will help keep our planet green and will also remind them that they should be tidy wherever they are sleeping.
Spending Time with Family
One of the most important lifelong lessons that camping can bring is the fact that spending time with family is important. Camping is a way to escape your hectic lives and spend time in nature, together. No screens mean you need to use your imaginations to find games to play and talk with one another. This also improves their social skills. You can take turns talking and listening to each other whilst roasting marshmallows on the fire. You may find your children getting on like best buddies rather than arguing about whose turn it is on the iPad.
Camping has a range of benefits and although it can be stressful planning and remembering everything for your trip, once you are out there and having fun with your children, it is well worth the effort.