Walking as a family is a great way to build relationships, develop character and connect with nature. But walking with children doesn’t always go smoothly and what starts out as an enjoyable day on the trail can quickly turn to kids losing interest and wanting to go home.
There are lots of tips and tricks for making walking with children easy. One of the best ways to keep kids happy on the path is to introduce some simple games that keep them entertained whilst walking. Here, we take a look at six of the best ways to keep your children happy in the outdoors.
Things to do on a walk with kids
1. Play Pooh sticks
Simply throw sticks or twigs over a bridge at the same time, run to the other side and wait to see whose stick comes out first.
2. Colour spotting
Each family member picks a colour, then, as you walk, see if you can spot this colour – how many times can you see it in animals and plants?
3. Seasonal scavenger hunt
Create a list of 10 natural items to hunt for on your next walk, such as a yellow flower, a feather, a catkin. Find scavenger hunt charts online or make your own.
4. Let the kids lead the way
Be flexible and let your children decide which direction to turn at each junction. They’ll choose the way that intrigues them the most, keeping interest levels up.
5. Take pictures
Kids love taking photos. Set a challenge or just let their creativity run free.
6. Fairy-tale telling
Make up a fairy tale. Take turns to add to the story, using details around you.