Thursday, June 26, 2014

Keep kids excited about hiking with this cool Make Like a Tree and Leaf nature art activity

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 Make like a Tree and Leaf.

Before setting out on the hike, give each child a small paper lunch bag or a re-sealable plastic bag. During the hike, have them collect small leaves. Green leaves will work best.

After returning home, have each child color a brown tree trunk with branches on a piece of construction paper. Next, have children arrange and then glue leaves to form the trees crown.

Materials: Small paper lunch bag or a re-sealable plastic bag, white construction paper, brown color or marker, glue

Ages: 3-6

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