Apr 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm #1257688
Care to share any fun games that you play on the trail? My family enjoys playing games and It would help them during zero days in camp. Maybe a game that can be played in the tent using pebbles and leaves? Or perhaps a "field" game that has teams and all?Apr 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm #1597649
Here you go! This should keep you guys busy for several days.Apr 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm #1597664
@knaightLocale: Western Massachusetts
We have a 2.5 oz magnetic version of Scrabble that we'll take now and then. We only use it on short mileage days or when it's rainy, though, so we've learned to leave it behind on some trips. That said, it's about as much game as you could possibly want for the weight!
A more recent and exciting find was the game Cosmic Wimpout. My mom bought it for us for Christmas because she thought it'd be great for backpacking. I haven't weighed it (sorry!), but it can't be more than 1.5 oz. It consists of 5 small dice in a plastic tube and is a ton of fun. We haven't taken it backpacking, but it should be great because it's easy, light, and there are no small pieces to lose (unlike the magnetic travel scrabble.)
Aside from that, sometimes we'll play some mental games like six-degrees of separation with movie stars, 20 questions, etc.Apr 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm #1597676
You could easily draw a chess/checkers board (or any other board game) on the back of your sleeping pad and use rocks, leaves, pine cones or any other objects as pieces.
You could take some extra rope and have the kids try to lasso something.
You could hang an empty pack from a tree and try to toss pine cones into it playing any variety of basketball games.
A stick and pine cones give you a baseball game.Apr 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm #1597696
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
How about playing follow the leader rock hopping up/down streams or talus slopes? We used to do it for miles/hours and never got tired of it. Or rock skipping contests? Or placing a bear bagging rope? Fewest tosses wins. Point being the props are all right there; no need to bring anything extra from the front country.Apr 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm #1597727
Keep em coming. Especially those that can be played at night or in the tent. One that my 8 year old thought of just now for around the campfire, she enjoys Mancala. we can just dig little holes in the ground and place pebbles in them, UL version of Mancala. it's a great game for youngsters. Only good for use in highly impacted sites of course.Apr 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm #1597731
@knaightLocale: Western Massachusetts
Shadow puppets on tent walls
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Pen and paper games (hangman, tic tac toe, etc)
Knot tying (not a game, but a fun family learning activity. Just bring a photocopied sheet of paper with a couple of knots on it)
And seriously, check out Cosmic Wimpout. It's less than $5 on Amazon and weighs nothing. Plus, you'll have dice with you so you can spend some quality time teaching your kids Craps too!
Edit: Just got off my butt and weighed the thing. 1.3 oz for the complete set including case and instructions. 1.0 oz for just the dice (which is all you really need). $5 for an ounce that's worth hours of entertainment? This should be a staple in all of our backpacks!Apr 13, 2010 at 10:27 pm #1597776
So this Cosmic Wimpout. i checked the game out online and it seems interesting, been around for 20 years or something like that. Could be fun, i'm gonna give it a go.Apr 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm #1597778
Get one of the tiny Farkle games.Apr 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm #1597785
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
Balsa wood dominoes – 1 ounce…..Apr 14, 2010 at 7:26 am #1597850
Chess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Apr 14, 2010 at 7:53 am #1597861
Cheek darts: Squeeze a small object, such as a penny, between your butt cheeks. Walk 4 meters and drop the object in a bowl or mug. Vary the size of the bowl, require drops from larger distance, and go for speed records.Apr 14, 2010 at 9:39 am #1597883
Thanks guys, I'm going to collect some of these games and mix them in with some of the zero-weight games suggested to keep things interesting. I dont play games much except board games with them so I just forget what's out there and what kids like to play. Balsa wood dominoes, i like that too. And there are probably a whole variety of games that can be played with dice, that's worth looking into.
One question about Cheek Darts though. You mention varying the distance of the target. As the target gets farther away I'm assuming we'll need to prepare for the game by eating the proper food, like bean burritos or something like that?
Thanks everyone!Apr 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm #1597994
@bigjackbrassLocale: Northwest England
For something a little different you might try Sherpa, a role-playing game designed specifically for playing outdoors and even while hiking. More information can be found over on the author's website: http://www.panix.com/~sos/rpg/sherpa.htmlApr 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm #1597999Apr 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm #1598004
@johnzLocale: East Bay
Poke the trout in the lip game…Apr 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm #1598009
I find that if I start fishing, daddy disappears alot and kids wonder how this qualifies as family time. BPing is supposed to be something to keep me from falling off the wagon again and going on a flyfishing binge. The way my wife looks at me when I'm going on yet another BP trip tells me that it has backfired a bit. :)
Anyway, I'm especially digging the small games that can be played at night around the campfire or in the tent. I'm thinking specifically of my kids, so role playing games dont work as well because everyone is on different levels intellectually. Games like Farkle are mostly luck, then when they have trouble with the strategy part daddy can just help out a bit.Apr 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm #1598017
@johnzLocale: East Bay
I'm a fishaholic as well, but backpacking tends to meet everyones needs pretty well. My kids will fish with me for about five minutes and then go off exploring on their own which is really what they want to do anyways and this tends to be the one place (great outdoors) where as long as I can see or hear them I don't worry too much about them (as opposed to in the city, near Oakland…)!
We do bring a set of "micro" cards, and those get used quite a bit too.Apr 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm #1600147
I took some dice. Farkle was alot of fun and was perfect for playing in the tent after dark. My daughter especially liked that everytime daddy messed up she got to yell "you farkled! ha ha you farkled! you're a farkle head!" and other such nonsense like that. She thought it was a very funny word and used it liberally. We also played 1-2-24 which also requires 6 dice. thanks for your help everybody!Apr 21, 2010 at 9:50 pm #1600774
@sparkyLocale: Southern California
Here is a game you can play. It is a strange game. You can play it solo, or with friends. If you play it once, you will play it every minute of every day for the rest of your life. You can never stop playing the game. There is only one rule to the game, if you think about the game, you lose!
Oops I just lost arrrrgApr 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm #1600786
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CAJul 27, 2010 at 10:02 am #1632615
@joefishLocale: All Over California
+1 on cards – i have a mini set that weighs less than an ounce, and it's SUL since it's a pinochle deck- only 48 cards :-D
I come from a big card playing family. A shared game (especially an idiosyncratic game like pinochle or hearts) added a lot to our closeness over the years: in some ways because it's fun, and also because we were in pinochle prison :-D
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