#8. Teeny Tiny Hunt
Give your child a small empty gift box or matchbox and they have to fill it with teeny treasures they find. It could be a tiny seed, a flower head, an acorn and so on. Or if you are at the beach, small shell, pebble, tiny bit of seaweed, etc.
#9. Collection Time
Start a collection of similar things, e.g.
- interesting leaves of different shapes and colours
- twigs with a bend
- smooth stones
- shells if you’re at the beach
#10. Toss the Coin Hike
Take a coin with you and the kids get to decide if left or right matches heads or tails then every time you reach a junction or where the path / road divides toss the coin to let it choose where you go next.
#11. Shopping Game
The first person starts by saying ‘I went to the shops today and bought…’ something beginning with A (e.g. apple). The next person continues by saying the previous item (apple) and then something beginning with B (e.g. banana) and so on, going through the alphabet adding one more item to the end of the list each time. See if you can get all the way to Z and list them all!
Geocaching is like a treasure hunt. All you need is your smartphone, and you use Global Positioning System (GPS) to guide you to the treasure. Geocaching introduces your children to basic map reading skills as well as teaching them about latitude, longitude, and geography.
People have hidden trinkets and objects at various locations, which you and your children can go out and find. When you find the treasure (cache), you swap items in it. So take out something and put something in that has similar or higher value before returning the cache to its original hiding place.
#13. Sound Hunt
Instead of hunting for things, why not go on a sound hunt? When you take a moment to stop and listen outside there are lots of noises to hear. From leaves rustling to birds singing. Now see if you can find all the sounds on our sound scavenger hunt.
#14. Pooh Sticks
Another of our favourite games to play on a family walk is Pooh Sticks, which is also a great one for toddlers and preschoolers!
To play you will need a stream with a bridge over it, and each person finds a stick to use for the game. check which way the water is flowing under the bridge first and go to the side upstream. Then on the count of 3, everyone tosses their sticks into the water, runs to the other side of the bridge to see whose stick floats out first and wins.
#15. Giddy Up Horses
For this game, you pretend that you are riding ponies or horses along the walk. Sometimes you need to trot or canter or gallop. Other times you will need to jump low fences or walls. And don’t forget to pat your horse at the end of the ride and give them a drink and a treat!