Kids can get 'bored' or 'tired' on a walk but often only need a little bit of distraction. Here's another idea for keeping them motivated using string.
What do you do when you’re kids are “too tired” (they think) to carry on? We look at another idea to keep them motivated.
Kids don’t always want to ‘go for a walk’. When they are in this mindset, any slight hill on a long-looking path can make them moan that they are too tired.
However, as any parent knows, they’re running around with more energy than the adults as soon as they're not thinking about it.
We’ve found the problem can be even worse when you have a group of kids many years apart.
There is a solution, though: distract them with a different activity. They’ll often return to the walk with renewed enthusiasm….at least for a while.
Here’s another little activity to entertain your kids that’s particularly useful if you are going for a walk in the woods or near trees.
Now one thing that woods have plenty of are sticks, one of the oldest toys in the world. This activity doesn’t use sticks though (see The Magic Stick for a game with sticks). Instead, it uses another classic toy: string.
The String Walk
All you need is a good length of string, rope, or cord and a sense of adventure! We decided to give it a go!
Tie a long rope (we used paracord) around objects, we used trees, but you could use anything you come across. You are trying to make a course that the kids will follow blindfolded....so important: don't let them see you set up the course.
You can make the course as easy or difficult as you want for your children's ages.
A course that crosses different terrain makes it more interesting and challenging for the children (though avoid trip hazards).
Using a buff or a scarf as a blindfold, lead your child to the start of the rope. It's best to have someone at the end of the trail to meet them.
This activity can be adapted to suit your family, making it more challenging for older ones. For example, get them to hold a cup of water as they follow the trail. The one who has the most water left at the end of the trail is the winner. There's sure to be some water spilt as they negotiate the terrain!
For another twist, you could try the walk barefoot! A great way for your kids to use their senses.
So the next time you're setting off on a walk, pack a length of string or cord in your backpack.
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This activity was inspired by the Learning With Nature book.