Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fun game for hiking kids: Nature Percussion

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 Nature Percussion.

In music, percussion involves the beating or scraping of one device against another to make sounds. Some common percussion instruments are drums and maracas. It usually is used to keep a beat during a song.

When on a hike, a number of items found in nature can be used to create percussion instruments. For example, sticks can be tapped against one another or small pebbles can be placed in an empty water bottle and then shaken.

Challenge walking kids to look for objects in nature that could be used to make percussion instruments. During the next rest break, have them experiment with and demonstrate how their nature percussion instruments work.
Materials: Objects found in nature (e.g. sticks, pebbles), handheld container to hold pebbles

Ages: Four and up

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