Younger Kids Outside
With younger children, I've always found it's better to plan many activities that take short amounts of time, rather than say, a long hike on a cold day.
Young kids also have more bathroom needs and generally have a shorter attention span. Try to keep hikes to a healthy length so as not to completely exhaust them. Younger children like to explore what's around them but need an adult by their side.
Games are a good idea for younger kids when you're planning an outdoor adventure as a family. Hide-and-seek, camouflage, and blindfold walks are some good traditional games you can play with your kids.
Visiting farms or nature centers is a fun outside activity because kids really like seeing animals but can be overzealous. In a nature center, there's usually a safe distance or barrier between kids and animals.
If you go on a hike, bring snacks and check the weather so you're prepared. You might also bring activities like scavenger hunts to keep your kids' interest piqued.
Younger kids in can:
- Name their favorite plants and animals.
- Learn about environmental diversity.
- Understand what ecosystems are.
- Grasp the elements of a habitat.
- Understand changes in the environment.
- Learn mapping techniques.
- Name different sources of energy and energy transformation.
- Identify basic survival needs.
- Learn how the human community is dependent on the natural environment.
- Identify environmental changes that occur over a period of time.