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Rainy Day Games for all the family

Sometimes the British weather isn’t great, but that doesn’t mean it has to ruin a perfectly good holiday. When it’s raining outside, it can be really nice to cosy up inside the tent and make the most of a day indoors.

So long as you are prepared, there is always plenty to do indoors, and here at Camping in the Forest we have put together some fun indoor games/activities that can really make the most of those rainy days.

As well as being a great way to while away the hours, games and activities can encourage teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship. You may also discover something about yourself, or others, that you never knew!

The following indoor games are suitable for all activity levels and all ages:

Storytelling - storytelling is an ancient global tradition where the beliefs and customs of a particular culture are passed down through the generations. Everyone loves a really great story, so why not make up your own. Stories can be scary, funny or educational; the sky’s the limit. Storytelling is a great way of engaging people of all ages, and after the story has ended, why not discuss it in more detail; what did you enjoy, what did you find scary, etc? You may learn a lot about each other in the process.

Travel board games - board games are perfect for amusing the family and passing the hours. Today, many traditional games have been shrunk down to travel size, enabling you to enjoy your favourite board game on the go. With games available from Monopoly, Scrabble and Connect 4, to dice games, cards and puzzles, there is plenty on the market to keep the whole family occupied.

Journals- writing in a journal is a great way of putting thoughts down on paper. Spend some quality time writing down your thoughts, describing what has happened during the day. Encourage everyone else in your party to have a go too. There is no limit to how creative you can be; use different coloured pens, draw pictures, tell stories.


Puzzles - word searches, crosswords and sudokus are great fun; perfect for passing the hours, and helping to keep you mentally fit. Stretch your brain in another way too, by creating puzzles of your own.


Sing-a-long - have a great time recalling nursery rhymes and songs from childhood. Why not make up songs too? Singing is a fun activity that can bring the whole family together.


Drawing/colouring - at any age, colouring or drawing is a fun activity that stimulates creative thinking, encourages colour awareness and increases concentration.


Card houses - with a pack of cards, build a stackable card house. Make the game even more fun by timing each other to see who can build the tallest house before all the cards topple over.


Spot the difference - you have probably seen ‘spot the difference’ puzzles in newspapers or magazines, but how about creating your own. The puzzles can be as simple or as complicated as you like, and can be just as much fun for the person creating them, as the person ‘spotting the difference’!


Homemade ‘snap’ cards - use any magazines or newspapers that you have lying around in the tent, cut out pictures and glue them onto some card. Cut up the card when the glue is dry to create smaller cards. The images do not have to be identical, as you can write a category on the bottom of each card - for example, dog, man, lady, car, house, etc. As long as you have more than one card in each category, you can play a great game of snap!


President for the day - this is a great game for teaching younger children about authority and responsibility. Give your child the role of President for the day, allowing them to take charge of all the family decisions. Your child is able to decide what to wear, what to have for lunch, and make all other decisions, leaving you and the rest of the ‘civilians’ to abide by the rules that are set.



  • Crayons
  • Drawing/colouring pads
  • Felt tips
  • Glue
  • Magazines/newspapers
  • Notepads
  • Pack of cards
  • Pens (different colours)
  • Scissors
  • Travel games

So the next time that it rains, don’t despair! Remember Camping in the Forest’s top ten indoor games and look forward to spending quality time with the family, discovering things about each other that you never knew before.