Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fun game for hiking kids: Squirrel Count

Which side of the trail is this squirrel on? Photo courtesy
of Ohio DNR.
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 Squirrel Count.

This game works well if you have two children. As hiking, one child counts all of the squirrels seen on one side of the trail; the other child counts all of the squirrels seen on the other side. Squirrels appearing on the trail don’t count until they run off to a side (Sometimes they’ll run back and forth to both sides!). Upon reaching the next rest stop, he child who has counted the most squirrels wins. If hiking in the desert, lizards can be substituted for squirrels.

Materials: None

Ages: 4 and up

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