I have found that my kids respond well with stimulation and something to keep them involved. This goes for most areas of their life, but more so when we are out hiking and adventuring.
They love to do the activity trails when we go to National Trust properties or the Forestry Commission, for example: Easter hunts, Christmas activities and Zog Trails. But there’s not always something like this available to them.
So, I decided to make my own Adventure Checklist. For the days when there might not be enough about the area we are visiting to hold their attention, I can give them the Adventure Checklist, and they feel excited about getting outside.
You can print yours off here if you would like to use it too, or click on the picture. It’s completely free!
We tried ours on a trip to Lud’s Church and the Roaches. I laminated the sheets to make them weatherproof and used stickers to mark off what we found, with the aim of peeling them off and reusing the checklist. It went down a treat, and we found most of the items on the list within the first half an hour. Maybe I made it too easy!
What to find?
I tried to pick things that would make them source different items, and get them thinking a bit about the environment. The kids will read signposts, ask questions about animals, explore caves and use their imaginations as the clouds roll by.
They can make their own Cairn. Which is a stack of stones, if you were wondering!
They can also find their own walking stick, which my kids love to run around in the woods to find. This will hopefully encourage them to walk further!
I’ve included things to make them look up, as well as down. Watching the clouds roll by and to identify different types of birds. There are lots of things for inquisitive little minds to find, which should be very accessible in all parts of the country.
Let me know if you use it and I would love to see the items that your kids find. Tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #hikerkidz.