Camping this summer? Make the evenings fun and interactive with these games courtesy of blogger Phoebe Doyle
1. Name that tune
A campfire just isn’t a campfire without a little music! Hopefully you’ll have a musician in your midst and they can play some instrumental versions of songs to name. If not, stick to humming! Try having a theme; this will depend on the ages of your campers. Nursery rhymes are a good one for little ones, songs of a particular decade for the grown-ups!
2. Alphabet backwards!
This makes for more confusion and fun than you might think! Players are timed to see how long it takes them to say the alphabet backwards. The winner is the person who gets from Z to A in the shortest time! Treat them with an extra marshmallow or two, toasted on the campfire of course.
3. Group Story telling
Tell a story… but as a group! Mutual storytelling is a fun twist to the usual campfire ‘story time’ and really ensures everyone is fully engaged. One person starts the story with one line that serves to set the scene. Then the next person will add a line. See where it takes you!
4. Sing a song!
Let’s face it, singing just makes you feel good! Your young little campers are bound to be bursting with songs from pre-schools and no doubt they’ll love teaching the adults some rhyming action. This one has some different versions, but most young children will know it and will readily show you how it’s done:
I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this, and shake my feet like that.
When all the hens were roosting and the moon’s behind the cloud,
Up jumped the scarecrow and shouted very loud…
5. The letter game
One person says a letter and another has to say as many words that begin with that letter within 30 seconds! Go around the circle doing the same but with different letters. Keep a tally, and the winner is the person who says the most words.
6. Wink ‘murder’
One member of the group has to close their eyes or leave the circle. The others silently decide on a ‘murderer’. Once the person who doesn’t know who the murderer is returns, the ‘murders’ commence. Through winking at others who can die (dramatically!) the ‘murderer’ kills them whilst trying not to get caught as the culprit.
7. Insect biters
Give each player a sheet of red dot stickers, like mosquito bites! During the evening they have to try to get rid of their stickers by giving the others “mosquito bites”. They do this by secretly placing stickers onto the clothing of the other campers. If they get spotted (excuse the pun!) they have to stick that sticker onto them instead! At the end of the evening count ‘em up to see who wins with the least bites. This one’s best played at dusk.
8. Sleeping bag race
Take some inspiration from the kids’ sports day and try the traditional sack race! Campers grab their sleeping bags, hop inside and race one another! Have a stick laid as the finish line and watch the most sensible of ‘adults’ falling and wriggling like worms to cross the line!
9. Eye-spy clouds
Squeeze in a spot of cloud-gazing by all lying back and looking up at the sky. Take a few moments for everyone to decide what they can see, then play eye-spy using the shapes in the clouds… Perhaps you see a dog, a man, a sausage! It may take some time to guess what others see, but it’ll certainly be a great discussion starter!
10. Famous names
A good one for teens and adults to play together. Choose a popular first name, e.g. John. Go around the circle thinking of famous people with that name, e.g. John Lennon, John Travolta etc. When someone gets stuck and can’t think of another, they’re out.