Play with Nature
Now that they’ve spent some time getting to know the nature around them, it’s time to get their hands dirty in it.
An easy one is Nature Tic-Tac-Toe. Use a twig to draw in the dirt - if there’s no open dirt around, use multiple branches to create your board. Then use rocks for Os and leaves or acorns or anything around for Xs. Have fun with it.
Another seemingly easy one, but skilled in itself, is rock stacking. You may have heard stacks of rocks called “cairns”. You’ll see them along hiking trails to help show you the way. They’re as trustworthy as us to follow along and fun to try to make at your campsite. This is a campsite game only, though. The ones on the trail are carefully maintained by park rangers, and you should refrain from adding to them. But it’s free range at the campsite AND your kids get the joy of knowing them over when you’re done.
And finally, if there’s water around, grab some sticks, some leaves, mud, and a good thinking mind, and try to create little mini boats to race. This is a great one for the kids as they get older. Each year they can improve on their last.