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Hiking with Children
Planning a Hiking Trip With Children
Tips and ideas on how to organize your next out on the trail trip with your children...
Prepare for a positive and enriching experience...
Recipes to take along on your hike
Games to play on the trail
Marching songs kids will enjoy!
Craft activities to help kids learn about nature
Tips: Get them involved in the planning of the trip. Get a discussion going about "Nature Trail"
Animals they might see in the woods
Types of trees and plants you can find there
Safety in the woods
Hiking with Children Arts and Crafts
Supplies: large file folder,nature magazines tape, crayons or marker
Cut out pictures of animals, flowers,trees ,and plants that you find in the woods.
Tape the folder on each side to form a large envelope.
Let them decorate their folders with pictures they cut out from the magazine.
Bring them to the nearest Nature Trail or at Neighborhood Park.
Ask them to collect various seeds, flower petals, little stones and put them in their Nature Folders.
Supplies: various coloured construction paper 8"x 10", labels and a glue stick
Staple 10 to 12 coloured construction paper together to form a booklet.
Supplies: Two empty rolls of toilet paper, hole puncher, markers, strings of wool.
Have the kids color two empty rolls.
Glue the rolls together to form binoculars.
Punch a hole in each outside top of the roll. Kids are now ready to go birdwatching.
Hiking with Children Games
Scavenger HuntSupplies: large cardboard, markers, colorful stickers
Draw a 10 squares graph on a cardboard and draw a picture of items you find in nature in each square (bird, squirrel, flower, tree, leaf, ant, bee, spider web….)
On the hiking trail the kids have to look for these items.
When they find one give them a sticker that they can place on that square.
What a fun way to develop their observation skills!
You can use Ink Stamps istead of stickers.
Introduce your kids to birdwatching!Supplies: Binoculars, books on birds, cd on bird songs.
Start simple with the most popular and recognisable birds such as Crows, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Seagulls and Woodpeckers
Help them match the song to the bird.
Bring a few pictures of these birds while you go hiking with children
Hiking with Children Songs
The Ants Came Marching One By One
The ants came marching one by one, Hurrah! Hurrah!The ants came marching one by one, Hurrah! Hurrah!The ants came marching one by oneThe little one stopped to suck his thumb.They all go marching down around the town.Boom, Boom, Boom.
The ants came marching two by two, Hurrah! Hurrah!The ants came marching two by two, Hurrah! Hurrah!The ants came marching two by twoThe little one stopped to tie his shoe.They all go marching down around the town.Boom, Boom, Boom.
The ants came marching three by three...The little one stopped to climb a tree.The ants came marching four by four....The little one stopped to shut the door....The ants came marching five by five...The little one stopped to take a dive...The ants came marching six by six....The little one stopped to pick up sticks....The ants came marching seven by seven....The little one stopped to say 'my heaven'...The ants came marching eight by eight...The little one stopped to shut the gate...The ants came marching nine by nine...The little one stopped to scratch his spine...The ants came marching ten by tenThe little one stopped to say THE END!
The Bear Went Over the Mountain
(Sing to the tune of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow")
The bear went over the mountain,The bear went over the mountain,The bear went over the mountain,To see what he could seeTo see what he could see,To see what he could see
The other side of the mountain,The other side of the mountain,The other side of the mountain,Was all that he could seeWas all that he could see,Was all that he could see,The other side of the mountain,Was all that he could see!
Tip: Great hiking with children songs for marching in line!
A-Hiking we will go (Sing to the tune of "A Farmer in the Dell")
A hiking we will go A hiking we will go On the trail and ready to go A hiking we will go