Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kid hiking activity: Identifying animal tracks

Illustration courtesy of Maryland DNR,
Generally, exploring and discovery is enough for kids, but sometimes even they can grow bored with that and become restless. Remember that they naturally have shorter attention spans than adults.

Fortunately, there are lots of tried and true activities you can do on the trail that’ll keep kids from getting bored. Among them is identifying animal tracks.

Find a kid-friendly field guide or brochure from a local nature center that shows tracks animals make in the region you’re hiking. Best for older kids. Materials: Field guide or brochure. Ages 12 and up.

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.