The I’d Hike That Crew is parents to two little hikers who are growing up with a love and passion for hiking, so we love it when we see other little hikers out on the trails. With that said, we have some exciting news to share!
It is the perfect opportunity to teach kids so many things about nature, and it exposes them to wildlife. The number of things you can teach them outdoors is limitless, like caring for the environment, basic survival skills, foraging for food, and practicing the principles of leave no trace.
Before the hike, take your kids to your local discovery center so they can learn about popular plants and animals in the area. Make a fun game out of it by making a bingo card with those plants and animals using this free bingo card generator. Then, on the hike, give your little hiker a pencil and a little clipboard with their bingo paper. They will have a blast searching for those plants and animals, and getting a bingo!
By exposing your kids to the outdoors and making hiking educational, they will have a deeper appreciation of nature.
Hiking can teach them a real sense of achievement, build their self-confidence, and teach them about perseverance.
There are plenty of opportunities for kids to grow their character through hiking adventures. There is such a great sense of achievement after climbing a mountain. But the process of hiking your way to the top, depending on the elevation level and length of the hike, can sometimes feel long, tiresome, and defeating, especially to a little hiker.
But imagine the self-confidence they will gain when they finally reach the top, look down at the beautiful view, and realize that they did that! They’ll be much more confident for future adventures with the more experience they get at a young age.
When they feel like turning back, because it is taking too long, it can be a great teachable moment. Learning perseverance and the importance of not giving up is something that can be applied to multiple facets of life.
Instead of paying for a gym membership and leaving your kids with a babysitter, include them in some outdoor adventures and teach them that exercising can be fun.
Young and old, we all need to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. There are so many health benefits to hiking, like improved cardio-respiratory fitness, improved muscular fitness, reduced depression, and better quality sleep, just to name a few.
And what is so great about hiking is that it is free. You can’t beat free!
Not only is hiking great exercise, but it’s great exercise you get to do as a family. We live in a busy technology-driven world that so easily connects us to media 24/7. Taking your kids hiking is the perfect opportunity to teach them to unplug and disconnect from technology.
Furthermore, it provides quality family time. Have some meaningful conversations with your family on your next hike.
Kids are little explorers, and there is no greater playground for them than dirt, rocks, and insects. I know that our two little hikers have so much fun on our hiking adventures. Watching them discover and enjoy nature really gives us parents a fresh perspective on the world around us.
1. It can be educational.
2. Hiking builds character.
3. It is great exercise and it’s free.
4. Provides quality family time away from technology.
5. Last but not least, It is fun!
As you can see, there are so many awesome benefits about hiking with kids. Our families love hiking together with our kids, and always enjoy seeing other little hikers on the trails.
Because we are so passionate about kids hiking, we are excited to introduce to you our new kid's clothing line. We now have clothing for babies, toddlers, and kids. Check out the new Kid’s clothing line, and see the various colors, sizes, and styles.
And don’t forget to take a picture of your little hiker sporting their new I’d Hike That shirt on your next adventure and share it with us on Facebook or Instagram! Be sure to tag #idhikethatcrew for a chance to be featured.