As a parent, have you ever had that feeling of having the house full of toys which the kids don’t even look at? Or you don’t know what to give them because they already have everything?
This is a fun and useful present I would suggest you for your kids, an “adventure/explorer bag”. When my kids hear me saying – “let’s prepare the explorer bag” – they jump of excitement because they know something fun is going to happen next.
Buy a “safari” style bag and but some items inside such as binoculars, a loupe, a canteen filled with water and any other items that you might like to use. We usually take an empty pot, in case we find any bug we want to collect to observe later on.
We also put some dry-fruit and chocolate inside, so they learn the importance of bringing high energy products when going for a hike. It is not that important now but it will be when they are older and hike in higher altitudes where your body needs extra vitamins. In addition you can find yourself in a drop in blood pressure or your body might need sugar.
Once the bag is ready just go out with them, explore and enjoy.
**Our Sunday story
We wake up on Sunday morning, we have our slow breakfast, put on our hiking boots and take our “explorer bag”. The kids and I decided our destination today would be the highest hill in our country-state. Jaume constantly asks me to go climbing (climbing at this age means going up on top of hills without a path).
We get on the car to get a bit closer since Candi still doesn’t walk very long distances and we start our Sunday adventure. It had been raining the week before and we even had one day of snow so the paths were a bit muddy. We got stuck several times but we managed to get out until we got stuck for real and we had to leave the car in the forest and go back home walking.
With the binoculars, Jaume and Candi would constantly check wether we were walking the right direction towards home.
On the way back we found several animal footprints which we observed and tried guessing which animal had past by. We also left our footprints marked so following them we can find our car once the mud dries a bit.
When Candi gets tired, Jaume motivates her to continue walking while holding her hand and making some jokes.
Having fun the simple way is always the most memorable one. When they grow old they won’t remember the hours they spent in front of TV or playing computer games but those “adventures” with their family.