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Fun Camping Games and Activities

One of the best things about going camping is leaving everything else behind – especially computers, TV, and video games. Even the most die-hard technophile can enjoy “unplugging” for a few days. But aside from hiking or sight-seeing, what else is there to do for entertainment? Well, here are several camping games and activities to try.

Balloon Games

You might be surprised at how versatile and fun a cheap package of balloons can be. Have a contest to see who can keep their balloon in the air the longest, or bounce it from person to person and see how many times you can hit the balloon before it touches the ground. Another idea is to write activities on strips of paper, fold them up inside the balloon, and then blow up the balloon. Each person chooses a balloon, pops it, and acts out the activity written on the paper.

Share a Skill

Not too long ago, popular hobbies were crafts like knitting and woodcarving. If someone in your family or camping group has a skill they can teach others, bring some extra supplies and ask them to share their skill. Easy and portable activities like juggling or plastic laces are perfect ways to be creative and try something new. Or bring some guide books for bird watching or wildflowers and learn about species indigenous to the area.

Treasure Hunters

Before you leave on your trip, print out free topographic maps of areas near your campground. Hide small “treasures” for campers to find with the maps, and write clues on the back of the maps to help them find the treasures. Another fun treasure hunt is to bring plastic Easter eggs filled with little treats and hide them around the campsite for children to find. Make the hiding places more challenging for older kids!

Improv Games

A fun improv game variety is Tap Out: fill a hat with scraps of paper with different scene suggestions. Two players can act out a scene, and when another player wants to step in, they “tap” one of the players and take their place in the scene, starting a new scene. Another great improv game is the What Happens Next game: one person sits in the center of the group. The person in the middle can only act out what the rest of the group suggests, but the actions must create a complete story.

Story Tellers

Instead of ghost stories, try something more challenging. While sitting around a campfire, have each person tell one sentence of a scary or adventure story. Try to keep the interest and excitement going as long as possible! Other story ideas are to take a very famous movie or novel and re-tell the ending – the sillier or more impossible, the better. Another favorite idea is called Behind The Music – someone tells a short story, and then another person sings a made-up song based on that story. This can be even more entertaining if someone brings along a guitar and accompanies the singer.

No matter what you do on your next camping trip, try something new. You just might discover a hidden talent or acquire some useful – and entertaining – new skills.

Fun Games And Activities For Enjoyable Family Get Togethers

Family get togethers are lots of fun and besides getting to catch up on all the latest news the kids get a chance to play together that may be a rare occasion. There some things you can do to make these times a lot more fun such as games and other activities. Some of our best memories have come from these events.

There are a number of activities you can do depending upon what the family event is. If the event is a family reunion maybe you can have some competitive games playing things like Monopoly or chess. There are many board games that could be played where you could play as a team; the popular family feud is even available as a board game.

In our family, the reunions always focus on the children and yours is probably no different. For the smaller kids you can get out a bunch of coloring books which they will all enjoy sharing and coloring in. You can also let them put together puzzles that are appropriate for their age. For the older kids there are numerous activities from crossword puzzles to mazes. They can also help with making food and cookies in the kitchen!

There are infinite games available to choose from and if you are looking for board games in particular you can find tons at your local Wal-mart, craft stores, and many sites on the internet. You can find many ideas for games and other activities that will not cost and arm and a leg. Some the things that you will find are free. For example, you can use construction paper that you probably already have lying around along with some paper bags to make hand puppets for the younger kids. They can also make craft items to give to older relatives or even people who may be in a nursing home that would enjoy the gift of a child’s handiwork.

By teaching your children on how to enjoy playing these games and how to play with others you are teaching them valuable life lessons not only about creativity but also problem solving skills. It also makes them more oriented to family and community. It is far better to organize board games and other activities for family reunions and get togethers than to have the children gathering around the computer and playing games on the computer. It is the interactive human oriented games that will create memories and bring everyone closer together.

Save Your Xbox 360 Games and Your Money

Some people think us gamers are mad or crazy spending thousands of dollars yearly on games, however to us it’s the best money we have ever spent. With video games becoming more and more like Hollywood blockbuster movies there’s never been a better time to be a video gamer. So naturally spending $50 to $60 on a video game is an easy decision to make, however if we damage one of these games by dropping them or scratching them then paying a further $50 or $60 to replace them isn’t an option.

There hasn’t really been an alternative either, granted there was a short spell in the early Xbox 360 console days of people adding modulation chips to their consoles a couple of years back to play copied games, however most of them soon found out how costly the process was and how dangerous it was to their system.

There is no another safer alternative and thankfully it’s a lot easier than adding a computer chip to a console. The alternative is to purchase game copying software. Today’s game backup software is so advanced that it can trick your console into thinking that its playing an original game when in fact your really playing a copied Xbox 360 game.

I would highly recommend backing up your video games to save you from losing money and your games in the very near future. After all one purchase of this software will save you from losing hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the future; this software basically will pay for its self.