Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fun game for kids on hike: Stone Walls

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 Stone Walls.

During the hike, have children collect various rocks; the flatter or more square/rectangular the rock, the better. At the next rest stop, have them attempt to build stone walls by stacking the rocks atop one another, about three stones high. See how long the wall can go before it collapses. Discuss what ensures a stone wall remains stable.

Materials: Stones collected on the trail

Ages: 6-16

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