Fun things to do on a walk with kids

Fun things to do on a walk with kids

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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 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.

 

things to do on a walk with kids

 

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.

 

things to do on a walk with kids

 

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.

 

things to do on a walk with kids

things to do on a walk with kids

 

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).

 

things to do on a walk with kids

 

Overall, we love the nature fun range from Hape. They are well made, fun and perfect for adventure loving families. Get yours here.

Fairy wings

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.

 

fairy wings

 

Scavenger hunt

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.

 

things to do on a walk with kids

things to do on a walk with kids

 

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.

 

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Disclosure- we were sent the Hape toys for the purposes of this review. All photos and opinions are my own.

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32 Comments

  1. September 8, 2018 / 6:48 am

    The scavenger hunt is a fantastic way to keep them entertained on a woodland walk. The magnfiying glass will also keep them busy looking at bugs and veins on leaves, etc. Stops them saying I’m bored, that’s for sure 😊

    • Claire
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 7:03 am

      It does seem to work for mine the majority of the time

  2. September 8, 2018 / 6:52 am

    These are great ideas and I love the idea of a scavenger hunt and an adventure pack. My eldest recently got some binoculars for his birthday and he takes them everywhere. Including a wedding!

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Binoculars are great. I’d never thought of taking them to a wedding!

  3. September 8, 2018 / 7:53 am

    We always loved magnifying glasses and scavenger hunts. Those fairy wings are great too #countrykids

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Thank you. They all really help don’t they.

  4. September 8, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Lovely ideas! That magnifying glass seems really easy to hold!

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      It is really well designed for little hands

  5. September 8, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    Great ideas for a walk. When my son was little, we loved walking our neighborhood in the rain and having leaf races in the water at the curb. Your post brought back memories of scavenger hunts, color hunts (with each spot on an egg carton painted a different color to collect colorful treasures), photo scavenger hunts, insect hunts (we especially liked going to see the bee tree on a trail near our house), finding the letters of the alphabet shaped on the path by leaves, plants, rocks, sticks, or vines. We also brought along bags to collect item to glue together or glue onto paper at our resting stops on our walks. I think I still have “RockMan” in a cubby somewhere in my house. #countrykids

  6. September 8, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I used to love pressing flowers when I was little #countrykids

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Me too!

  7. September 8, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    I love to walk through the woods to see birds, butterflies, bunnies and beautifully colored leaves etc. I love the idea of a scavenger hunt for the kids. This sounds like so much fun.

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 6:48 pm

      Thank you. It is.

  8. September 8, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I never thought of taking a magnifying glass with us! Dexter has just started paying attention to bugs and we saw a ladybird in the park the other day and he was fascinated. Thanks for the idea

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      We found a ladybird too. My girls love them.

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      I’m glad you like my printable as much as I do.

  9. September 8, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    My boys love a scavenger hunt and don’t realise how far they walk while hunting. Adding more and more obscure things too, a fab few hours spent.

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      It is amazing how little they notice how far you are walking when they are entertained.

  10. September 8, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    Such a great time of year for scavenger hunts. We have acorns and sycamore seeds all over the place, the leaves are beginning to fall and the mushrooms are sprouting in the fields. Looks like some lovely toys there to help with an entertaining walk for kids too.

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 7:11 pm

      We love autumn for treasure hunts.

  11. September 9, 2018 / 9:33 am

    In all these years I’ve never never thought of taking a magnifying glass on our nature walks. What a brilliant way for them to have fun and take in more details x

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 7:11 pm

      It’s great for keeping kids entertained

  12. September 9, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Oh wow those toys are amazing. they would go down really well on the farm. I will be looking at them for Christmas presents. I love woodland walks

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      They’d be perfect on a farm.

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      Hape is a great brand we love for young children. Nature hunts are great

  13. September 11, 2018 / 7:02 am

    I haven’t heard of Hape before but those toys look great – sustainable and fun to use. We love scavenger hunts too, your husband is very talented and this is a great idea to encourage children to get into nature more! Thanks for sharing these great ideas with us at #CountryKids

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Hape is a great brand we love for young children. Thank you, i wish I could draw as well as him.

  14. September 13, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    Scavenger hunts are always so much fun – Sophie loves doing them. I never think to laminate the sheets though – that’s a good idea! Love the fairy wings and the flower press kit too 🙂 #countrykids

    • Claire
      Author
      September 18, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      I’m glad you found it useful

  15. September 25, 2018 / 6:43 am

    I love your laminated scavenger hunt pdf! I think little ones love magnifying glasses – the one featured is a fab shape and size for little hands!

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