As a bookworm, I haven’t been much of an outdoor mom. But my kids absolutely love the outdoors! So I’ve been making an effort to get them outside more often.
Which means I was psyched to join the A-Z of Outdoor Activities series! And for today’s entry (Letter E), I’m sharing 3 Tips for Exploring a Nature Trail with Kids! If you’re ready to hit the trail with your littles, see how we made it fun!
3 Tips for Exploring a Nature Trail with Kids
Let them set the pace.
Nothing makes a child hate something more than being made to do it on a timetable. I know, I’ve tried and failed at that with my kids.
When you get outside, everyone should be able to relax and feel at ease. And that means letting the kids set the tempo.
On our trail hike, the kids started off slowly…
…and then picked it up quickly afterward. I just told them to stay within eyesight, which they did (for the most part).
Stop and examine nature.
The whole point of a nature trail is to see nature, right? So, be sure to look out for interesting sights as you go. Don’t just focus on finishing the trail.
We came across this rotten tree trunk, which had become home to a spider web and lots of creepy crawlies. It was gross, but also kind of neat?
But it was mostly gross. 🙂
Have a goal in mind.
If your kids tend to lose interest in things quickly, you can keep them going along the trail by setting an endpoint as a goal to reach.
My kids needed the extra incentive of seeing something special at the end of the trail, so we chose a route that ended in a small waterfall. All the way down the trail, they kept saying that they were excited to see the falls.
And when we got there, they wanted to stay and just watch it for a while.
Seeing how the water “fell” and then formed a stream was pretty neat for them too.
They’ve talked about this experience almost non-stop since we left. And we’ve already made plans to visit the trail again! This was definitely a win for our family.
Want more ideas for having outdoor fun with your kids? Check out my Outdoor Play Ideas board on Pinterest!
This post is part of the A-Z of Outdoor Activities series from Crafty Kids at Home! Follow along to see all of the awesome outdoor activities shared this month!