Even the best of the trip planning parents (and grandparents) will still find times when the kids are bored or they need something to keep them busy while you're busy. For us, it's the point in time when the car is being unloaded and we're setting up and staking the tent. The boys have finished helping and now they're ready to explore and move on to the playground or pool or check out the rest of the campground. We end up fielding questions and losing focus. The only solution for 5 minutes of quiet are their iPods and that does not work with our unplugging goals. When I started brainstorming a new solution it dawned on me that the twins are obsessed with the I Spy game right now (I spy something red...something round...) and our oldest loves scavenger hunts. But most of all, I love kids printables. Combining these ideas together I created what I hope will be the answer to our camp craziness.
A simple I Spy/Scavenger Hunt to keep our little boys busy for about 5 minutes - maybe more - fingers crossed. I chose these items because most of them will be at our campsite or within view from it. They can call out their finds or use our little point and shoot camera to take pictures of each item. In fact, picture taker would be a great "job" for our oldest son to keep busy as well and help keep an eye on the little boys. Big brothers are the best!
My plan for our camping trip next week is to print off a few copies of this and keep them with our printed campground reservations - that way they will be easy to find once we arrive. We keep pens and pencils in the car so I don't have to worry about finding those if they ask.
Of course you can download and print your own I Spy HERE. Let me know how it works for your family!