Sunday, June 8, 2014

Fun game for drive to trail: Categories

Once you’ve got your children excited about the hike, you next have to get them to the trailhead, probably in a motor vehicle. Sometimes those drives to a national forest, nature preserve or state park can be long. You can keep kids’ spirits up by playing games on the drive there.

One tried and true possibility is Categories.

The driver selects a nature-related category, such as trees. Going from youngest to oldest, each child names one kind of object that fits into the category, such as maple, oak, or jabuticaba. The round ends when a child can’t think of a kind to fit into the category. The driver then picks a new category. The challenge for the children is to see if they can do better by naming more objects for each new round.

Materials: None needed

Ages: 9 and up

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