Sunday, November 4, 2012

Keep kids excited about hiking with this activity: Paper Doll Friends

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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 post-hike game/activity you might consider is Paper Doll Friends.

For preschoolers, create a hiking family as well as animals seen along the way that they can use to relive their adventures or to make up new ones, getting them excited about the next hike. Paper dolls and cartoon animals easily can be found through a search engine, printed and cut out. Have your kids help select the paper dolls to print. To get the paper dolls to stand, glue or tape them to blocks that your kids easily can hold in their small hands.

Materials: Paper, glue or tape, blocks, computer with Internet access, printer

Ages: 2-5

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