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Getting outside and exploring the great outdoors is essential to our physical and mental well-being—especially for our children. Yet, the hassle of water bottles, sunscreen, and the complaining that often ensues can be overwhelming. We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to make hitting the trails with your little ones more enjoyable – for everyone.
The more snacks the better! Take it one step further by letting your kids get involved in preparing for the hike – let them help pick and pack snacks and give them the responsibility of carrying them on your hike. While on the hike, have a picnic and let them share and enjoy their creations.
Take your kids on a real-world outdoor treasure hunt with Geocaching. Find hidden containers, called geocaches, that are hidden in public parks, open spaces, or your own neighborhood. Be sure to bring a pen to sign the ledger when you find a hidden treasure.
Bring a notebook, pen, and a roll of tape, and let your kids take drawing breaks throughout the hike. They can write about what they are seeing, draw animals, leaves, and flowers, and tape small treasures they find along the way. Have a Polaroid camera at home? Bring it along and let them snap a picture and tape it in their nature journal.
We have created a nature scavenger hunt to take on your next family hike. Print at home and get your kids hunting – and hiking!