Walking is a wonderful activity to do together as a family all year round. Everyone gets fresh air and exercise, along with valuable time together. However, I know from experience children can sometimes find it boring, but it really doesn’t take much to turn a walk into something fun and magical. Here are my suggestions for things to do on a walk with your children.
- How many different things can you find coloured green (or yellow, or brown etc…)?
- How many things can you find that begin with the letter ‘S’ or ‘T’ or ‘L’ etc…?
- How many different creatures/bugs can you find?
- How many different leaves can you find?
- Can you find something of every colour (of the rainbow)?
- How many different sounds can you hear?
- Walk and balance on a log.
- Climb a tree.
- Jump in muddy puddles.
- Play with leaves (in autumn).
- Collect different types of leaves to take home to do leaf rubbings or art projects.
- Take a camera for kids to take photos.
- Make a scavenger hunt of things for kids to find eg feather, leaves, stick, pinecone, something rough, smooth, round, pretty, noisy etc.
- Go on a bear hunt.
- How many different birds can you see?
- Build a den.
- Hunt for fairies.
- Hunt for dinosaurs.
- Play with a stick…make a stickman, a walking stick or anything a child thinks of.
- Imagination…give your child a theme such as trolls, giants, monsters, space, bugs, animals and watch their imaginary play grow.
To be honest, the list of ways to make a walk enjoyable is endless, nature has a fantastic way of enticing children into having fun and using their imaginations. We have had so many walks that started off as a plain old boring walk, but turned into something completely magical. For example our rocket find and our fairy walk. All you need is a spark of inspiration, some fresh air and hey presto magic can be found anywhere!