5 hiking games for kids
We’ve all been there. You’re on a hike with your family and the kids aren’t having it. They’re tired, hungry, grumpy and on the verge of mental collapse. Before you’re forced to pack it in and head back to Roosevelt Resort Park, try one of these fun, trail-friendly games to keep your kids engaged and entertained. They might just buy you a few more hours of hiking happiness on a Tonto National Forest trail.
If you’re unfamiliar with geocaching, it’s a recreational activity where you find a hidden object using GPS coordinates. It’s a modern-day scavenger hunt that’s fun for kids and adults. And, yes, there are objects hidden in the Roosevelt, AZ and Tonto National Forest area. How do you find them? Visit Geocaching.com – or download the Official Geocaching App through the same website – and start seeking.
Pro tip: If you know you’ll lose cell service during your hike, add specific caches to your “List” in the Official Geocaching App before you start your trek.
2. Scavenger Hunt
Geocaching too technical? Try an old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Before beginning your family hike, make a checklist of items your children may see in the wild – like birds, bugs, creatures, plants, etc. Set a time limit for the hunt so the kids remain engaged throughout the activity. Want a pre-made checklist? We’ve got you covered.
Pro tip: Laminate the checklist or place the checklist in a clear plastic bag for safe (and dry) keeping.
3. What’s the Noise?
When your family stops for a rest, have the kids stop and listen. What sounds do they hear? Can they tell you what animals are making those sounds? What direction are those sounds coming from?
4. The ABC Game
Find items on the hike starting with each letter of the alphabet sequentially. “A” is for “ant.” “B” is for “bee.” Each person in the group takes a turn to keep everyone on their toes.
This game is similar to “eye spy.” Have one individual in the group venture ahead to take a close-up shot of an object, such as a bird’s beak, mossy rock, flower petal, etc. When the rest of the group gets to that point on the trail, map out the area where the mystery object lies and see who can guess what the object is.
When you’re out on the trails with the kids, what games do you play? Let us know in the comments section!