We all know that it’s not always easy to keep the kids entertained on a walk. We love family days out and walks but young children need something to focus on and keep them happy. We often go to places that are great for entertaining kids naturally. Places like Hare Hill, where there are hare sculptures dotted around for children to spot keeps them happy. Or places where there is a play park for them to play on are always a winner. Sometimes though we visit our local woods and we have to think of other ways to keep the kids happy. Today I’m going to share some of our ideas with you.
We were sent a collection of outdoor toys from one of my favourite toy brands recently. Hape toys are made from sustainable materials, non-toxic glues and paints. Their toys have a strong focus on playing to have fun and learn. As soon as I heard about their range of outdoor toys I knew these toys would be perfect for us. Find out more about the toys we were sent below and read right to the end to find out how to get your hands on my beautifully illustrated scavenger hunt for young children.
Things to do on a walk with kids
Things to collect on a nature walk
My eldest has loved collecting nature on walks since she was a toddler. Whether it be autumn treasures like conkers, acorns and pine cones or shells when we go to the beach. Even simple sticks. When you are young, a stick can be any number of things from a wand to a fishing rod. How about collecting wildflowers and taking them home and drying them in a flower press like this one from Hape.
Inside the box is a flower press, 6 mini paints and a paintbrush, 10 bamboo paper sheets with illustrations on that combine together to make an art book. The idea is to press flowers into the bamboo paper sheets then press them. Once the flowers are pressed, the paints can be used to further decorate the pages.
My daughter loves the idea of this flower press and for me it reminds me of my own childhood. We’re just waiting for a dry day to collect some flowers and have a go at drying them.
Take an adventure pack with you
My kids love carrying a little rucksack with them and even better if it contains a few interesting items. As well as the flower press, we were also sent a magnifying glass and whistle from Hape, together they form their nature detective set. My girls loved these (so much we have had a few fights over who gets to play with what). Other items that you could include could be bug hunting pots, nets or children’s binoculars. Reference books such as ones about bugs, birds or trees.
The Nature detective kit contains a magnifying glass that magnifies x4 and a whistle. They are both made of sustainable bamboo. The magnifying glass is great for looking at things that you can find on the woodland floor such as acorns, bugs and even leaves.
My toddler loves the idea of a magnifying glass but my 5 year old really enjoys it as she loves being out in nature and exploring things. It’s perfect for putting in your pocket so you can get it out when you are in need of something to distract your children who are complaining they’re bored (we’ve all been there). My 5 year old loved blowing the whistle too, perfect for getting everyone’s attention (don’t worry, it’s not too loud).
Overall, we love the nature fun range from Hape. They are well made, fun and perfect for adventure loving families. Get yours here.
My girls love dressing up and fairies so these fairy wings we made a few weeks back have found their way on to many a woodland walk.
If your children love collecting nature, they are sure to love a scavenger hunt. Recently I created this one for my two. It’s perfect for autumn as it includes things like pine cones and conkers. All the illustrations were done by my husband and I put them into an A4 pdf document that you can print out and let your child use next time you are out walking in the woods. You could even laminate yours like I did so you can use it more than once.
If you would like a copy of this scavenger hunt then either sign up below to my email community to get a copy emailed directly to you or join my facebook group Nurture nature kids – let’s play outdoors! and download it from the files section. The Facebook group is a lovely community of parents discussing ways to get our children outside more often. I’d love it if you joined us.
Find more ideas for getting outdoors with kids here.
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Disclosure- we were sent the Hape toys for the purposes of this review. All photos and opinions are my own.