Be it a day in the backyard, a neighborhood park or a weekend in the wilderness, the
first step in reducing stress is planning an age-appropriate experience. Children need
regular breaks, so remember to keep your hiking and exploring pace at their level.
Here are a few more quick tips:
- Children under five or first time explorers: Your own backyard is a great
place for sleeping under the stars and the best place to practice pitching your tent.
Build confidence now for future adventures.
- Dress appropriately: Long, lightweight pants and sun protective shirts, hats
and sunscreen, along with properly fitting shoes. Open-toe shoes are
great for the water but chaparral hikes need good fitting closed-toe shoes
or boots. Remember, warm days turn to cool nights so always have extra
layers and extra clothes for mishaps.
- Great finds are only a few steps away: Don't focus on the destination of
your hike but enjoy the journey. Ants, bugs and other insects are found in moist
areas so turnover leaves and rocks ently.
- Exploration Games: Look up and discover amazing characters in the clouds.
- Make an Earth Pie: Combine dirt, leaves and water in a bucket or bowl.
Form into a pie or cake for a great tactile experience.
Before you go camping:
- Get the mindset ready. Discuss the location, how long will it take to get
there and how long you will stay.
- Discuss what to do if someone gets lost. "Hug a Tree" but more importantly,
"You can play, but don't stray" ... always be within eyesight or voice.
- Make sure you research the area you are visiting. Know the types of bugs and animals present, and any foliage. Create a checklist that is appropriate for your destination.
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