Friday, October 19, 2012

Activity for hiking kids: Interval Training

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 Interval Training.

If on a wide, level trail, this is a great way to keep kids moving forward while distracting them with a fun activity. Rather than just walking, have them hop, jump, leap, skip, scuttle, crab crawl or whatever other moves you can think of for x number of steps. This develops their motor, counting and listening skills. Never run on a trail, though.

Materials: None

Ages: 5 and up

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