Monday, October 29, 2012

Fun game for kids on day hike: On Time

"2 minutes, 45 second!"
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 On Time.

Give each child a set amount of time, such as “2 minutes, 45 seconds.” You then head down the trail about 30-50 yards (but not out of sight of the child). Without looking at a watch, the child must walk to you in the amount of time you listed. If there is more than one child, turn it into a friendly competition by giving children different times and seeing which one arrives closest to the time you gave them.

Materials: Watch (for adult)

Ages: 9 and up

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