Adventure can be beneficial to children at all stages of development – from building tree houses and camping trips, to stargazing. Through exploration, kids develop resilience while learning how to deal with risk responsibly and safely.
Teaching them independence early is also key for early child development – so let’s get them on an adventure track now!
1. Take a Walk
Walking can be an excellent way to unplug from electronics and explore nature with children, providing them with the chance to talk and make connections with nature.
Add an extra fun element to your walk by playing games during it. Try this 20 question game or organize a nature scavenger hunt.
On a hot summer walk, make a point of jumping into any nearby rivers and water sources if possible – doing so helps develop your child’s coordination and agility.
3. Go Fishing
Fishing can be an exciting adventure for kids when done properly. Let them skip rocks, dig in the sand, catch minnows and learn about nature while having a blast; this will keep them wanting more fishing time in future!
Make the fishing session short and focus more on adventure activities than on catching fish, to avoid losing interest. Bring multiple rods so they can keep playing and adventuring even if one becomes tangled – this way the adventure continues uninterrupted!
5. Go to the Zoo
An outing to the Zoo can help your children tap into their natural curiosity about wildlife and nature while teaching them to use all five of their senses to explore: sight, hearing, smell and touch.
Selecting a small zoo, such as Baltimore’s Maryland Zoo, makes navigating your visit with small children much simpler.
6. Go to the Aquarium
Children who love sharks, jellyfish and penguins will delight in visiting one of New York City’s aquariums.
Little ones can enjoy exploring kelp forests or coral reefs and getting close to marine animals such as fish and coral polyps. Plus, feeding lorikeets or touching stingrays provides the opportunity to burn off extra energy! It’s also a fantastic way to help kids relax.
7. Go on a Boat Ride
If your kids love pirates, consider taking them on a pirate cruise for an educational boating adventure! They will gain insights into navigation, history and more with this fun boat ride!
Adventure books provide children with exciting journeys while cultivating their reading love. Adventure stories also serve to promote children becoming adventurous and dreaming big while teaching new hobbies such as fishing, tide-pooling, sailing or kayaking.
8. Go on a Hike
Hiking can be an excellent way to introduce children to nature and the outdoors while also building their confidence by teaching them to face unknown situations with courage.
Focus on finding trails with features, like lakes or waterfalls. Encourage your children to take turns leading the group.
Be wary of their warning signs, such as grumpiness or lack of enthusiasm.
9. Go on a Horseback Ride
Ride through the woods and hills on horseback is an exhilarating way to connect with nature while feeling empowered and in charge.
Kids can learn to communicate openly with their horses, trust them and respect them sincerely, while developing an honest connection that they’ll treasure throughout their lives. Furthermore, being around horses helps build their self-confidence which they’ll carry into any endeavor they undertake in future years.
10. Go to the Museum
Museums provide children with an essential way to understand art. By giving children access to paintings and other artworks in context, museums can transform how they respond to paintings.
Before visiting a museum with your child who’s interested in art, download or collect one from the information desk for free – don’t expect to see everything at once; museums simply contain too much!