Monday, July 16, 2012

Great activity for hiking kids: Picture Hunt

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 Picture Hunt.

If you have older elementary school children and each has a digital camera, play a game in which each must snap pictures of as many plants and animals as possible and then correctly identify them. The game assumes that you as the referee and judge you know what the plants and animals are. If the park or beach you visit offers a brochure listing common flora and fauna in the area, that list could serve as a guide – or your children might snap pictures of those listed plants and animals in a sort of scavenger hunt.

Materials: Digital cameras, brochure.

Ages: 12 and up.

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