While we are strong advocates for keeping fun around the campsite simple and natural (sticks, rocks, dirt, lakes, etc.), sometimes having a couple extra tricks in your pocket when kids get bored is really helpful. Sometimes those “tricks” are just a ball or some bubbles or a frisbee. Simple is great.
However, we’ve found two excellent products we wanted to share that can be used both at home AND at the campsite. They have provided hours of play for our children and their friends and are both ones we highly recommend. They can safely be used outdoors almost anywhere and promote kids moving, learning, exercising and building confidence. Anything that does that is A-ok in our book.
We set this up at the campsite and I swear the kids literally start flocking to it. That means sometimes having to make sure said kids are letting their parents know where they are and that they’re ok with it (because it’s not just OUR kids that are drawn to it). But, as long as you are in an area with trees or sturdy poles, it’s a GREAT way to keep the entire family entertained with the endless possibilities of tricks to try out.
The slack line is 50 feet long and comes with an included teaching line that is great for most of us. The only struggle is having to change the height of the teaching line to accommodate different sizes of people. You’ll notice that many of our photos the line is too short for some kids and too tall for others. Oh well – at least they are all on it!
A metal ratchet system for both the slack line and teaching line means super quick and easy set up. And we love that it holds 800 pounds, which means it’s no issue to have the whole family on the line at once (or at least 8 kids.)
I can’t say enough great about Education Outdoors and their games. We are huge fans (see our previous review of their Biking Board Game). This is THE favorite game in our house for both indoor and outdoor fun. The “snipes” are hidden (2 come with the game) and then everyone else has to go and find them. The great thing is that they start chirping after a few minutes with increasing frequency so you can really hide them almost anywhere. It’s a great cross between hide and seek and an Easter Egg hunt.
Not only is it an easy game that kids can play themselves, but something that works for all ages as a family game. It’s recommended for ages 5+ , but our three year old has no problem joining in. The best part? Kids have to stop and listen for the chirping so it ends up being a relatively quiet and concentrated game (well, except for those snipes chirping, of course!)
We’ve had ours outside and played with (thrown, buried, etc.) and had no issues. It’s built to last in an outdoor play environment.
We want to know!
What tricks do you have up your sleeve for campsite fun?
Boost your campsite fun with a giveaway!
Education Outdoors and Slackers have both offered the chance for one of you to win some campsite fun.
As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widgets below to enter to win. The winner will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help!
- The Slackline giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada.
- The Snipe giveaway open to US only.
Slackers Slacklines and Education Outdoors generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. A few of these links are affiliates. Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way! You can find my full disclosure here.
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