Yesterday we took a leisurely hike through a nearby state park. Although the park is quiet and full of kid-friendly trails, it’s hardly the landscape that epic adventures are made of. But it ended up being one of the best hikes we’ve ever taken together. We had no agenda and no timeline. We just wanted to share some peaceful time together in the woods. To ensure that everyone would have a fun, fuss-free hike, we assigned each child a “job.” As our kids are growing older, I find myself continually brainstorming new ways to make sure our hikes stay fun and upbeat. Read on to see how we did it on our last hike!
Little Man took on the role of our fearless trail leader (his most favorite job of all) and Big Brother was the keeper of the leaves (again, a job he loves.) Little Man led the way and Big Brother collected leaves and strung them on a shoestring. One of his favorite ways to play is to put beads on strings, so he was estactic!