Hiking is not just great exercise — it can also be a great experience for your kids. Marveling at nature and seeing different plants, animals, and even insects can even inspire curiosity and a love of learning new things. But, hiking can be a bit boring for kids, so here are three tips to take the boring out of hiking.
Add some music
Hiking for hours can be a bit boring. Adding music with a Bluetooth speaker can immediately liven up things. It’s important to get one that’s shockproof, with all the running and jumping you guys might do.
Hearing their favorite songs and singing along can energize your kids and make the distance seem shorter. If your kids are into video games, playing video game soundtracks can also do wonders — making your kids feel that the whole trek is just like playing their favorite game.
Turn it into an adventure
Kids love adventures. Try unique activities — for example, have them look for insects or flowers that you’ve drawn in a notebook. Try to use some apps specifically made for hikers. Some apps make your hike similar to a treasure hunt, and others tell an adventure and unlocks part of a story as you travel.
With a Bluetooth speaker, you and your kids can listen and share the adventure together.
Have something waiting at the destination
With a bit of preparation, you can have something wonderful waiting for your kids as you reach your destination. Ask a favor from a friend and have them hike early and prepare a picnic blanket with snacks and refreshments.
Invite family or friends, but have them hike on a different route, and meet at a certain spot. You don’t have to do this every time, but giving them a surprise as they reach their goal is both uplifting and memorable.
Hiking with your kids can be — and should be — a fun experience. It strengthens bonds and develops in your kids a love of the outdoors. So, pack your gears and get hiking!