Sunday, May 13, 2012

Great after the hike activity: Award Badges

Give kids who help one another on a hike award badges.
Photo courtesy of wsilver 2 / Photoree.
Once you’ve completed your first hike, pat yourself on the back. You’ve done a lot of work but have taken the first step into a larger world for both you and your children.

To keep kid’s enthusiasm charged, “review” the hike in kid-friendly ways. While you really can’t do this with infants, most toddlers and older kids will enjoy it.

One such after the hike activity is Award Badges. Young children will love receiving a badge or ribbon for their efforts. Award them, though, not for completing the hike but for positive behaviors they displayed on the trail. For example, maybe one child for the first time successfully read the topo map or compass to ensure the expedition didn’t get lost. Or maybe one of the children came to the aid of another who was having difficulty during the hike. Award badges can be made out of paper or cardboard; ribbons also can be purchased.

Learn about more than a hundred other hiking diversions for kids in Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities.