10 Nature Activities while Hiking With Children

🔍🌳 Trail Bingo:
Turn your hike into a game of "I Spy" with a nature-themed twist. Make a bingo card with items like "bird nest," "mushroom," and "chipmunk butt" (because let's be honest, that's all kids really care about).

🔍🍂 Scavenger Hunt:
Turn your kids into nature detectives with a scavenger hunt. See if they can find things like "a leaf bigger than your head" or "a rock that looks like a celebrity."

🌿🗡️ Stick Fighting:
Okay, hear us out. We're not advocating for violence, but if your kids are anything like us, they love to sword fight with sticks. Just make sure they don't hit any trees or each other too hard!

📝🌱 Nature Journaling:
Give your kids a notebook and some pencils and challenge them to draw or write about the things they see on the trail. Bonus points if they come up with their own "creature" like a half-unicorn, half-moose.

🍁🎨 Leaf Art:
Collect leaves of different shapes and sizes and create a collage or artwork with them. You might end up with a masterpiece that belongs in the Louvre (or at least on your fridge).

📷🦝 Nature Photography:
Give your kids a camera (or let them use your phone) and let them take pictures of the things they find on the trail. Who knows, they might capture a rare sighting of Bigfoot!

🦜🗣️ Animal Calls:
Teach your kids how to make animal calls like a bird or squirrel. Just be prepared for them to use these calls at inappropriate times, like during a quiet moment at a museum.

🎨🪨 Rock Painting:
Collect some smooth rocks on the trail and bring them home to paint. You might end up with a family of rock creatures that need names and personalities.

🌳🧑‍🎨 Stick Figures:
Use sticks and other natural materials to create stick figures or sculptures. You might end up with a masterpiece that belongs in an art gallery (or at least in your backyard).

🍎🧺 Snack Time:
Let's be honest, the best part of any hike is snack time. Bring some yummy treats and enjoy a picnic in nature. Just make sure you don't attract any bears with the smell of your PB&J sandwiches!

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