This week has actually been dry, so I was determined to get Little Man and I out meandering around the park one morning. I am not keen on the wet, but I do love to get outside on frosty days, as everything looks so beautiful.
Little Man would be pretty happy just running about in the fresh air, but it gives an extra purpose to our outings if we make them into adventures. And so we decided to go on a nature walk, which Little Man called an ‘adventure walk’! We popped to our local park, donned wellies, and were off…
I love the extra dimension that a nature walk brings to our stroll. It gave us direction for our chatter, made me determined to get him out there on a chilly day when snuggling in the warmth may have been preferable, and he was very eager telling Nanny, Boo and Daddy as he saw them all one by one later that day about his adventure.
To make it a worthwhile nature walk, with a toddler, these are my tips for success:
– Dress for it. Wellies, warmth and waterproofs are perfect.
– Give them their own bag. They can carry their tools in it and add any finds to it, too. Any bag will do here, even just a carrier bag, as it’s about them having their own!
– Magnifying glasses and/or binoculars are always going to be a huge hit. We got our magnifying glass from the pound shop, and it was money well spent! If you’ve not got anything like this and are just wanting to head out now, I’d suggest an empty kitchen/toilet roll tube as it’ll feel just as much fun!
– As I suspect most parents do anyway, have wipes with you! You may want to leave the change bag in the car, but grab a few wipes, as you can guarantee they’ll get covered in mud at some point. It’s all part of the fun, so instead of stopping it, just be prepared to clean it!
– Have no fixed plan. This is my biggest tip! If you have a trail idea in mind, sheets to tick off, a certain route to follow, the chances are it will go awry! Let the toddler feel in control, and by all means guide and suggest and tick those sheets, but to really all enjoy it, go with the flow on this one.
And did my Little Man enjoy his nature walk? What do you think?
Are nature walks a hit with your little ones?