It is a great time of year to get the kids outside and exploring the world around them. We are enjoying some fresh sunny days so make the most of them! Activities don’t need to be planned and can be as simple as going for a walk at a nearby forest, beach, riverside or park.
Activity: Adventure walking stick
Make it a real adventure and get the kids to make their very own walking stick. All you need is a stick of a suitable height and the kids can personalise it with handy craft items. You could easily place the items for this activity in the car and set up a decorating station at the park on a picnic table or rug.
- Find a suitable stick – make sure you check the stability and for bugs!
- Make a hand grip by wrapping the top of the stick string or tape.
- Decorate with items you have around the house, such as string, leaves, feathers and ribbon.
- Go on an adventure and explore!
For the younger ones tie some string around a wooden spoon so they can join in the fun.
Don’t say “walk”: Instead of using the word ‘walk”, suggest you’re going on an adventure or outing. As in, “We’re off on an adventure to a local forest or park.”
Go at their pace: Be prepared to go at their pace, stopping to play and looking at things on the way.
Let them feel grown-up: Giving kids a backpack to carry themselves will allow them to think they are being grown up. This also means they can carry their own snacks and a bottle of water, which saves you the extra weight!
Use a map: Most parks should be on google maps. Print out a copy and get the kids to navigate around park. You could even add on land marks such as big trees, seats etc. This will make it easy for them to use as a guide. They will forget about all the walking as they navigate you from one feature to another.
Take a magnifying glass: Let your little ones see nature close up. Leaves, flowers, bark and bugs look different magnified and it exposes details kids would usually miss.
We hope you enjoy the outdoors with your little ones and can’t wait to hear your adventure stories!
Do you have an outdoor adventure tip to share?