Children get easily bored on trails that lead through monotonous landscape, with nothing new to discover along the way. Choose a route that has surprises in store for children, for instance a waterfall or wildlife.
A treasure hunt or scavenger hunt is not just great fun, but also ensures that children walk through the landscape with their eyes wide open.
We have compiled a few ideas for you:
- Spot a cloud that is shaped like an animal
- Treasure hunt (one parent walks ahead, dropping little treasures along the way)
- Find a four-leaf clover
- Identify animal tracks
- Find rhymes (“What rhymes with...?”)
- "I packed my suitcase” memory game
- Colour-spotting (“I spy with my little eye...”)
Put the children in charge of the route. Depending on the age of the child, they can practise mapreading or learn to use a compass.
- Seeing: Find a good hiking stick, look through the binoculars
- Hearing: Close your eyes. What can you hear?
- Touching: If possible, walk barefoot over moss, wood and grass
- Smelling: Smell flowers, pinecones, fresh earth...