Friday, February 28, 2014

Fun activity for kids: Great Hiking Quotes

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer
to the mystery why we climb.” 
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 Great Hiking Quotes.

Being out on the trail with teenagers provides an opportunity to engage them in deep discussions about abstract ideas, helping to develop their cognitive and intellectual skills. One way to achieve that is to toss quotations at them then ask them what the author meant by it. Alternately, you might ask them if they agree or disagree with the quotation and to explain why. Always ask them to give specific examples to support their position.

Some nature- and hiking-related quotations great for kindling a discussion include:

“The trail is the thing, not the end of a trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.” – Louis L’Amour

“My most memorable hikes can be classified as ‘Shortcuts that Backfired.’” – Edward Abbey

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” – Raymond Inmon

“A new thought often seems like a feature of the landscape that was there all along, as though thinking were traveling rather than making.” – Rebecca Solnit

Materials: None needed

Ages: 14-18

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