How to Take a Color Hike with Your Kids
Spending time outside with your kids is a lot of fun. There are so many different ways that you can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, all while working in some nature study. For example, you can take a color hike with your kids. From the blue sky to the green grass, nature is full of color giving you a lot to talk about as you explore the great outdoors. You can discuss how the grass is different shades of green and talk about the meaning of the different colored clouds.
It’s a simple and fun way to get in touch with nature while spending quality time with your kids. When you’re ready to begin your hike, here are a few tips to help make your color adventure a success.
Decide Where to Go Hiking
The first thing you need to do is decide where you want to go for your hike. Parks are a great place to explore the outdoors and many of them have hiking trails that would be perfect for this little adventure.
If you live near the woods, you may want to venture into the edge of the trees to see what you can find. Just be alert and watch for snakes and other wildlife that could pose a health risk and stay close to the edge of the woods so you can easily find your way out.
If you prefer, you can simple explore your own backyard. You might be amazed at all the colorful things you can find when you take the time to look for them, even in your own yard.
Have an Agenda
While you can simply go on the hike with no specific agenda in mind, it will be more fun when you have an idea of what types of things to look for. Make a list of the things that you want to find and a list of the colors that you expect to see on your hike. Check off each one as you find them. You can also write down the colors that you see that are not on your list. This way, you can compare them when you get home to see how many unexpected colors you found.
There are all kinds of things to look for.
- Bugs and insects
- Trees and leaves
- Streams, creeks and ponds
You’ll be able to find a wider variety of colors when you have an idea of what to look for but only include things that occur naturally while on your hike. It will make the adventure more fun and help your kids connect with nature a little better. You can also carry a container along with you and collect some of the things you find along the way like rocks and leaves so you can talk about them more when you get home.
The world is a colorful place with beauty everywhere. You just have to take time to look around and observe all the things in nature to really appreciate it. One of the best ways to do that is by going on a color hike with your kids.
Check your library for these and other books – great for reading before or after your walk, or even for a reading bream outdoors.