Getting our kids out walking is a top priority. We are an outdoor type of family; my husband loves cycling… me not so much ha! Although I love hiking/walking and so do the boys. Getting outdoors and walking is a great way to keep fit and you don’t need to give it up when you have children either. I love trying to get our children involved which can be a quite easy if you can make it fun for them. Here are some ideas on how to make walking fun for kids and get them involved in walking/hiking.
Our Top Tips For Getting Your Kids Out Walking
Start by introducing your little ones (or older ones) to a small walk if they are not use to getting outdoors. You don’t want to start them with a 8 mile hike for example and put them off for good. Try give them a great incentive to get to the end point; you could tell them they can have a treat or a play on the swings etc
Go at their pace…
Your walk may take longer but if you keep walking at your pace your children’s legs will tire long before yours. Take your time and go at their pace. If they want to stop for a break then find somewhere suitable for you all to sit and rest for a bit (look out for animals or even cloud shapes so they don’t moan they are bored!). Make sure you have a good supply of snacks and drinks to keep you all going otherwise you will end up with them moaning they are tired and hungry.
Look for Wildlife…
Most children love animals so why not let them look out for different signs of animals nearby. Look for footprints and they will more than likely love the idea of trying to find the most animals (try not to disturb any animals though you are only looking). Though if wildlife isn’t of interest to your children you could always try looking for elves and fairies. This is a popular option for our eldest son who is 4.5 years old.
Make a collection…
If your children love picking up things while they are out and about then why not let them choose something to start a collection with. For example they could collect leaves and put them in a scrap book showing the adventures they had on their walk.
Do you have any tips for getting your children involved in walking/hiking?
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