Thursday, January 19, 2012

10 Ways To Make a Walk More Fun


Going on a walk is not only good exercise, it's also a lot of fun. In case you want to add a little variety to your neighborhood walk, here are 10 ways to make it a little more fun.


1. Go on a counting walk. Count the number of trees you see or count the parked cars. Come up with a few things you see routinely on your walks and have the kids count them.

2. Take binoculars and look at your neighborhood up close!

3. Make it a scavenger hunt. Look for something big, something tiny, something rough or something smooth like we did in our backyard scavenger hunt.



4. Play "I Spy" while you walk along. "I spy something brown and green and taller than a house." Whoever guesses first gets to come up with the next clue.

5. Go on a color hunt. Frugal Family Fun made a fun color hunt using paint chips!

6. Take your camera. Document all the things you see on your walk, then turn it into a book when you get home.

7. Bring a bag and look for nature treasures like we did when we went leaf collecting.



8. Go on a listening walk. How many different things do you hear on your walk. You can read a great description of a listening walk at Greening Sam and Avery.

9. Stop and climb a tree. You can read about the benefits of climbing trees over at Childhood Beckons. If you don't want to climb a tree, stop and examine a leaf, smell a flower, make a snow angel or jump in a puddle. In other words, enjoy and experience!

10. Find a new-to-you place to go for a hike. Your walk doesn't have to be around the neighborhood! In case the idea of taking young children on a hike makes you nervous I have some simple tips to make it easy on everyone.



Bonus: Check out this article on finding the balance between outdoor safety and adventure from Teach Preschool. So, why not climb a hill and run back down it! 

What is your favorite way to go for a walk?

Linking up to the Outdoor Play Party, The Play Academy, Link & Learn, and The TGIF Linky Party 



   

28 comments:

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  2. What great ideas! My husband and my daughter love to walk to our community garden and see what new things are popping up (this is mostly during the warm months of course). They've gone there a few times this winter and they've talked about how the vegetables won't be back until the spring! :)

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  3. I love this post! What wonderful ideas. Thanks Terri!

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  4. Great ideas, especially since we still don't have snow on the ground!

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  5. This is a fantastic post! I'm sure a lot of families are trying to figure out how to keep their walks fresh and new and you've given them ten great ideas. My son loves "I Spy" in particular. Oh, and thanks so much for linking to my climbing trees post!

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  6. Great post! We love walks too.

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  7. We love to walk too. Over from blog hop and added myself as a follower. :)

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  8. So many wonderful ideas! I love your listening walk idea - we've never done that one!

    For our neighborhood, a new thing my kids discovered this year was that the telephone poles are numbered - so they go around counting up or down (depending which way we're walking), running from pole to pole!

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  9. Love the post! Actually I love you whole blog :)
    Pinning it,
    Angelique

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  10. Love the idea of a listening walk! I give the kiddos prompts like collecting sticks or looking down at the ground to keep things interesting.

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  11. Love all these ideas. We went on a scavenger hunt this summer. I like the counting game.

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  12. I really like the scavenger hunt idea. You could go many different ways with that depending on the theme you have that week.

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  13. We have trails and a creek right behind our house and I was just thinking I need to find some ways to make a nature walk interesting for the little guys. It's fate that I came across your post. Thank You for the great ideas! You've got a new follower :) - Sarah @Repeat Crafter Me

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  14. We take a family walk every Sunday and will have to incorporate some of these activities next week! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Aww, I love our walks with the kiddo... It's the only exercise I get :)
    Popping in from Play Academy Linky :)

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  16. Oh this is great fun! Visiting from TGIF. I'd love to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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  17. love the blog, we just went on a scavenger hunt the other day ;-) I am a stay at homeschooling momma to 7. I am your newest follower.
    http://7kidsandcounting.blogspot.com/
    tiffany

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  18. Wonderful ideas! We love doing scavenger hunts on our walks outside!

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  19. Came over from the link & learn at no time for flashcards. What a great idea. I will be pinning this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. These are great ideas! I'd love for you to link up and share at my Outdoor Play link party: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/p/come-play-outside.html

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  21. What great ideas! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

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  22. What brilliant ideas & thanks so much for linking up to the outdoor play party!

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  23. Such a wonderful list! I love all these ideas and think our next walk will be a listening walk. It would be great if you'd like to add this post to our Spring Carnival. :)
    http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.com/2012/02/all-year-round-blog-carnival-spring.html

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  24. in the picture of the tree with the 2 girls - STAY AWAY FROM THAT TREE!!!!!!

    it is an ash that is rotting inside - indicated by the mushrooms and peeling bark - it is probably hollow inside like the many ashes being removed from my property today!!! The tree being hollow is very dangerous and is suseptible to falling!!!!
    THIS IS NO JOKE!!

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  25. Anonymous, thank you for your concern. That tree was in a city-maintained park in which any tree that is dangerous is marked & removed as soon as possible. I do appreciate knowing the signs, though, for anytime we aren't in an area that is so well maintained.

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  26. Here are a few other ideas for walks with young kids. . . around flag day or 4th of July we go on a walk to find and/or all count the flags in the neighborhood. When all the leaves have fallen off the trees be on the look out for nests (squirrel and bird's)they are easier to spot and interesting to look at the material the animals made the nest out of . . .

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