Are you looking for exercise ideas to do with your kids, to get them out of the house and off the iPad? Then check out these 10 ideas for fun things to do when you go for a walk around your local neighbourhood. They may think it will be boring, but they are in for a surprise...
1/ Play Games as you walk along. Of course, there is the usual Eye Spy, but a popular game with our family is to look for something specific and see who will be the first person to find it. For example, who will be the first person to see a red car/ a man walking a dog/ a person with a black hat etc. It may take a while, but it is a big celebration when someone spots it!
2/ Collect flowers to put in a flower press (or between two heavy books for a few weeks) and then use them for craft. When the flowers are pressed, glue them onto blank cards to make birthday cards, or stick them onto coloured paper and frame them.
3/ Find some smooth pebbles and make your own Noughts and Crosses game. When you get home, paint your rocks with an "X" or "O" and draw up a grid with chalk.
4/ Collect feathers for a scrapbook or for craft projects. We always seem to find feathers on the grass when we go for an early morning walk, as the rosellas and corollas have been looking for worms early in the morning.
5/ Wave to your neighbours and say "Good Morning!" Going for a walk around your local streets is a good opportunity to say hello to your neighbours and foster a sense of community.
6/ Look for birds and see how many of each your kids can find. How many species can you see? Children love binoculars, so if you have some at home, then take them with you and look for birdlife in the trees. Who knows, you may have a budding little twitcher in your family!
7/ Collect sticks for wind chimes and other crafts. To make your own wind chime at home, see the instructions here.
8/ Look for the moon and talk about why you can sometimes see a partial moon in the day time. According to science, when we see the moon during the day it's because the moon is in the right spot in the sky and it's reflecting enough light to be brighter than the sky. If the questions get too tricky, see here for details!
9/ Collect nature items to make a collage. It is something that is fun to do and gets your child to look at the world around them artistically. As you walk along, look for unusual pieces of textural bark, nuts, flowers, twigs, spiky weeds and seeds which can be glued onto paper and displayed. If your kids are older, they make like to research each one.
10/ Talk! Just talk to your kids, find out how they are feeling, ask them questions about school and really listen. Sometimes it is easier to talk when you are on a walk and not looking at each other. You may be surprised by the conversations you have.
Let's hope your kids will enjoy the walk so much, they will be out the door before you tomorrow!
Look at everything you walk by and discover something new!