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How to make walking more interesting for children

Published: 16/04/2020

With most of us taking advantage of our one hour of exercise a day, walking has become part of some people's daily routines. Doing the same walk every day can become a tiny bit tedious though, especially for children who may not be quite as enthusiastic as they were at the beginning. So, we've listed some ideas on how to make that daily walk a bit more interesting for them.

Be sure to let us know if you try any of these by sharing your pictures on our Facebook page! 

Organise a scavenger hunt

Creating a scavenger hunt is a great way to keep children entertained during a walk. All you need is a list of things for you to spot whilst walking, such as bugs, a tree, a building etc.

You can either make one of these yourself or there are plenty of printable versions on the internet, such as the one above.

Nature rubbings

Another super easy but fun idea is capturing different textures you might notice. All you need is a piece of paper and some crayons! Leaves are particularly good for this but other things such as the bark on a tree or the pavement works too.

Bug hunt

If you have children who are fascinated by creepy crawlies, then using some of the time on your walk to hunt for bugs is a brilliant idea.

This is a great way to introduce children to new insects they may not have seen before, meaning it’s not just fun but also educational!

You can simply use a magnifying glass for this, or some people take little containers with them so they can capture the bugs and then examine them in better detail at home, before then letting them go again of course.

Collect items for crafting

Set the kids the challenge of finding different items and objects that they can collect and use for crafting. Perhaps they could bring a designated bag along on your walk and fill it with treasures, such as pinecones, twigs, sticks and more!

That way, when you get home, they have another activity to keep them occupied for a little while.

For example, you could collect leaves, flowers and petals to create your own leaf crown! All you need to do is make the band that goes around your head with a piece of card and then glue your leaves, flowers and petals onto it.

You could also think about pressing flowers for any particularly nice flowers you come across. A slightly longer process, but a nice activity and the end product could even be displayed.

How many?

Super simple, but you could count how many of different things you see whilst on your walk.

One day it could be how many cars you see, or how many trees and another could be how many things you see that are the colour yellow. You could make it into a competition between siblings, or just as something to keep them distracted whilst getting in their daily exercise.