Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fun activity for hiking kids: Framed View

No two views are the same. Photo courtesy of bestfor richard/Photoree.
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 Framed View.

Often children will say that everything on a trail looks the same. If so, this is a great activity for them.

Before the hike, cut a picture frame out of cardboard. During the hike, have each child hold a frame up toward a spot in the woods. Tell them to make a mental list of everything seen through the frame. Afterward, have each child share what they saw.

Then have them try to find the spot where they stood and see the exact same view. Though they may come close, they won’t see the same view. Ask them are this view is different from what they saw before.

Materials: Cardboard frames

Ages: 4 and up

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