Have you ever wondered how to entertain children on those long walks?
I post VERY frequently about our time enjoyed outdoors, as a family. Of course, this involves various methods of outdoor fun for kids, in order to keep our littles thoroughly enjoying their time outside, and not always feeling ‘dragged along’ for the ride!
I wanted to pop up a quick blog post about our favourite ways to keep the kids entertained while out and about, in the hopes that you too can include some of these, if you don’t already!
I know that outdoor watercoloring is always popular when we post on the gram, and of course that’s going to feature here too!
Our Favourite Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained Outdoors
Really Lauren?! Does this need to be here?
YES! One of the most sure ways to keep your children’s interest, attention and imagination while you’re out on walks, is to TALK TO THEM.
If you can talk to them about what they’re seeing, what you can see, the seasonal changes, the butterfly fluttering past, the bees collecting pollen, the hogweed towering overhead and the birds singing… If you can take their focus to what is occurring around them and make it a thing to be beholden, THIS is one of the biggest ways to keep a child interested while you’re out!
The natural world is jam packed with constantly changing, magical processes, waiting for new generations to notice and learn.
- Plant/Tree/Leaf/Insect/Flower/Berry ID’ing
Getting your children an easy check list (seasonally appropriate) with a pen/pencil to take out with you on your walk, is a quick, easy and educational way to get them excited, and very much present when you’re outdoors.
There are so many FREE resources to help with ID’ing bits and bobs out in nature. Our favourite place to go for free printables for ID’ing is The Woodland Trust Website, though they have recently taken away their nature detectives pages, which were amazing! I’ll link the ID pages I can find.
– Woodland Trust Tree Identification Sheets (Leaf, Twig, Blossom & Catkin, Fruit, Nuts & Seeds)
- Outdoor Drawing/ Watercolouring
It’s not something that most people think of as possible (I used to be one of them before the Exploring Nature with Children curriculum set us on the path of nature journalling), but popping a sketch book, pencils and a watercolour pallet in your rucksack is SO easy, and it up there as one of the best ways to keep your children excited while they’re out!
Not only does this entertain them, it also can really help them to focus on their surroundings!
And what’s even better? If you’re watercoloring, a rainy day is even MORE FUN!
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