Walking with kids can be a challenge. They often lose interest after a very short time, so it’s important to have a backup plan just in case the going gets tough. This week we’re focusing on fun games you can play with children while out for a walk. These games are just the trick to keep them interested and help you cover more ground.
The Rhyme Game: This is a fun game where you can write a silly rhyming poem as you walk along. Start by making up a line and challenge a child to make up the next one. For example, if you said “Walks are always tons of fun” they could respond with “especially when you’re in the sun.” Just keep taking turns adding extra rhyming lines as you go along.
See and Spell: Challenge a child to spell out the things they see on their walk, such as “grass” “chipmunks” or “concrete”. There’ no shortage of scenery to pick from, you can choose simple words or difficult ones depending on the age of the child.
I Spy: This game is a classic traveling game. Simply choose and object that you can clearly see in your immediate surroundings and have the child guess based on your clues.
Treasure Hunt: This game requires some advanced planning. Hide a small object somewhere in a park or playground and create a map for your child to follow with you. This game can be used with a pedometer to count your paces as you follow the map to the treasure.
No matter what game you choose to play, it’s important to have enough water to stay hydrated on your walk. You can also bring along a Geopalz Pedometer for kids, so they’ll know how far they’ve gone when the walk is over.