|And then the tracks suddenly stopped...|
Fortunately, there are lots of tried and true activities you can do on the trail that’ll keep kids from getting bored. For older children, among them is Nature Mystery.
Make a statement that begs the question “What happened here?” Among them could be:
• Deep in the woods, the tracks suddenly stopped.
• As darkness settled, they fled to their homes.
• When the shadow covered their homes, they sounded the alarm.
Next, have each child speculate as to what happened. For example, answers to the above questions might be:
• A bird took flight when it spotted a coyote walking down the trail.
• Deer that feed at dusk hide when wolves come out at night.
• Prairie dog sentinels chatter as an eagle flies overhead.
There are no definite right or wrong answers in this game. It can be turned into a competition, though, by having the adults judge or the childrne vote which answer is best.
Older, more creative children might enjoy taking on the role of coming up with a statement that that the other teens must answer.
Materials: None needed
Ages: 12 and up
Learn about more than a hundred other hiking diversions for kids in Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities.