Games to play when you go for a walk with the kids
A really good way to occupy the kids out without spending a fortune is to go out for a walk. The thing is about going out for a walk can last twenty minutes, an hour or all day if your want. It is also free, good exercise and can be great fun. The trick is to throw in a game and take a simple picnic.
Games like hide and seek are popular for small children and even teenagers.
Scavenging can keep kids happily occupied and can be educational too. For example get everyone in your party to look for something that they think is interesting or unusual. It could be a spider’s web, a leaf, a flower, or a strange shaped stone or birds nest.
Children love stories.
Telling a story or creating a game of make-believe, when you go out for a walk, or are having a day at the beach, can keep the kids occupied for hours quite happily with few props.
As a prompt use your childs favourite story book, or perhaps a story book you loved when you were a child. along the lines of Winnie the Pooh and Pooh Sticks – that can keep kids and adults occupied for hours.
For make-believe games remember to set the scene. So you might say something along these lines to your children.
“I have heard from the robin in the garden that there are some very mysterious goings on in (insert your own park/beach/ garden here) and I think we should go and investigate and take Teddy with us. Now Teddy may become the super sleuth detective, or he may become Prince of the Forest, Garden or Beach. That would be your call.
Super Sleuth Detective Teddy may find Barbie’s jewellery, which of course is mysteriously planted not far from where you sit down to have a picnic.
Or Teddy may discover a note which tells everyone that the fairy’s house has fallen down and they need to build a new one.
Let your imagination run riot – have a bit of fun and let the kids take up the gauntlet. Creative play is good for kids and I suspect it is also very good for busy mums as well.