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Liven Up a Hike or Stroll With Walking Games

Easy walking games help children pass the time and the miles.


Updated February 25, 2013

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Play walking games to help kids enjoy a hike.

Erica Greis

Keep whines away during a hike or walk with kids by playing walking games. These easy activities help children stay interested and engaged when you are taking a family hike or simply walking to school or the playground.

  1. I Spy: It's no wonder this is a classic travel game, and it works just as well when you are on foot. Make it more challenging by adding rules, such as "natural items only" or "pick something that has a name that shares your initial."

  2. When You Hear ... : Pick a trigger sound, such as a car horn's honk or a bird's chirp. Line up in single file and start walking. When you hear the special sound, the first person in the line has to run to the back and become the caboose. Continue until everyone's had a turn to lead the line.

  3. Poetry to Go: Take turns creating a poem-on-the-go. Start the kids off with a simple line like "I really love to take a walk" and have them add their own rhymes in turn ("except when I forget my sock" ... "and then I step upon a rock" ... and so on).

  4. Interval Training: Depending on your kids' ages and abilities, spice up a walk by challenging them to incorporate different moves, such as running, hopping, skipping, scuttling sideways, etc.

  5. Count Off: Pick something to keep track of, from red cars to dead trees. Make it a contest or collaborate, whichever is more appealing to your crew of walkers.

  6. Spelling Bee: Have children challenge each other--and you--to spell words based on what they can see, such as "crow" or "cement" or "caterpillar."

  7. 20 Questions: Hide a small object (something from your bag, or that you find along the trail) in your hand and have kids try to figure out what it is.
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