The Queensland Times - - LIFE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS -

Keep it easy – se­lect a hike that isn’t too long or stren­u­ous. Re­mem­ber that for kids, the hike is about the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Make it fea­ture-friendly – pick a trail that has in­ter­est­ing fea­tures like a stream or wa­ter­fall, or has a goal to reach, like a look­out. Make time for ex­plo­ration – al­low time for kids to dis­cover and ex­am­ine the nat­u­ral things around them.

Be pre­pared – make sure to pack the es­sen­tials. A sup­ply of wet wipes or tis­sues, first aid kit, in­sect re­pel­lent, sun­screen, binoc­u­lars, mag­ni­fy­ing glass and cam­era are all very use­ful.

Dress for suc­cess – slap on a hat, wear com­fort­able, sturdy shoes, take rain clothes, pack a change of clothes and some­thing warm in case it turns chilly.

Take en­ergy stops – take numer­ous small breaks for fluid and food. A good way to keep your child mov­ing is by say­ing ‘we’ll take a break and have a snack’.

Fol­low the leader – have the chil­dren take turns lead­ing the hik­ing group. It makes them feel like they are in charge.

Make it fun – keep the kids mo­ti­vated by cre­at­ing games they can play on the trail like ‘spot it’ or ‘close up’ (see be­low).

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