Outdoors – tips and tricks for exploring God’s Creation. 31 days of exploring.
We’re Getting the Family out in the Great Outdoors – Tips and Tricks. Day 4 is like a “Nature Boot Camp”. Do you get outdoors with the family? Are you enjoying adventures in your homeschool, and family life? We want to inspire you to do just that because, it can change your life!
Camping and Whitewater Rafting- Class II- Kentucky
Families in the Great Outdoors – Tips and Tricks
Don’t start off with a three day rafting trip down a river, especially if you have young children. Hiking is a good place to start on your adventures. You probably shouldn’t begin with a 6 hours trek in the mountains either.
Enjoy some nice trail walks through the woods at local parks. You can always rent a cabin at a state park or something similar to use as “home” base while you get your feet wet in the outdoors. Although, I realize that not everyone will want to rough it quite like we do.
Here are some basic outdoor – tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way that I find to be helpful with preparing the kiddos for time in the wild.
Hiking is a terrific family activity for connecting with nature.
To begin with- we started practicing with our children when they were quite young. Before they could even walk they were “hiking”- in back packs, and carriers. One tip is to never go further with little ones, than you can manage to carry them back!
Tubing Rock Springs River in Apopka- FL
Go often, and try many parks!
Visit as many parks as possible to find opportunities for your family. One of the goals in connecting with nature in the wild -is to actually See some wildlife.That can be a bit tricky when you’re leading your own pack of wild animals ‘ lil angels. Children, and some adults, have a tendency to be too loud while trekking through the woods.
They scare off all the beautiful critters before they even know they’re there. Getting your crew out early on in life, often will increase the likelihood of your family being able to capture moments . . .
. . . like this
Kelly Park – FL
If my boys had come floating down the river as crazy, and loud as the group who came down behind them- we never would have even seen her, much less spent several blissful minutes of close observation, and connection with her.
This little guy did eventually get a look at her- I think the picture is hilarious because he’s looking the wrong way and, I was desperately trying to point him the right direction (without scaring her away) – funny, I think he, and our new friend are both looking at the same thing!
Training- tip and trick- let them know they’re on a mission
You have to train them to quietly enter into the wild- How in the world? Well, try applying the same principles that get you interested in a thing. If there is a lot of hype, and general excitement about something- it’s bound to catch your attention, at least for a bit.
So, talk it up! BEFORE you get to the woods- Tell the kids about how REAL explorers do it.
If you’re out hiking- give them some binoculars or a camera. Explain what they may see if they can be quiet enough. If you are excited, they will be, in effect, get them ready for the mission.
Create some hype, and give them information
Family Walk- Our Neighborhood
Outdoors – tips and tricks – Make those walks interesting by carrying along a pair of binoculars, a camera, and a journal! Use your happy voice to share the excitement.
Have realistic expectations- you know your children best.
I’m here to tell you that if my boys can be trained to walk quietly on a trail- anybody can. How? Remember the talk we had yesterday about sticks? It can help to give them a walking stick of their own. Just have them be on the look out for one that is about the right size for them. I think it makes them feel more like real explorers if they have a walking stick, and a camera, or a pair of binoculars.
Florida’s Space Coast- the last Space Shuttle!
Help them get into the spirit of adventure-take is seriously
We certainly don’t adhere to a *silence policy – there’s no fun in that! But, by setting aside a portion of time (start small and build up to longer stretches) when they know that the whole family is working together toward the same goal – working as a team and they are an important part of it (not just the noisy children in the way) they are going to be more inclined to help make it happen. We tell them to use soft voices and even teach them a couple of hand signals- you’d be surprised at how much that actually adds to the adventure!
Let them know they are an important part of the team
Hiking & Tubing Blue Springs, and Ichetucknee Florida
Outdoors – tips and tricks
Have a wonderful time together as a family! Encourage co-operation, reward good behavior. Be impressed with the rock they pick up. Really “be there” in the moment with them and they will bend over backwards to do a good job for you and they’ll become interested in what you are interested in.
If they feel a sense of togetherness they will want more
You’ve spent some time educating them, and practicing your crazy mad exploring skills as a family. You’ve looked at bugs, and flowers, and noticed an animal print. Maybe you’ve even gotten pictures of that Bald Eagle or a mama deer drinking from the river. Then it’s time to let the kids cut loose for a bit!
Outdoors – tips and tricks – Let them go a little wild in the wild!
Climbing-Oscar Scherer State Pk: Venice, Florida – Dirt Surfing: Babcock Ranch,FL – Jumping: Suwannee River, FL
You don’t have to go far to start training your little family for big adventure in the great outdoors
Begin talking about the animals who live nearby, today. Start to building up some of the hype about the adventures you’d like to experience with your family. Visit a local park or nearby woods and, take a walk, or hike on a trail to gauge how well they might do. But, don’t get discouraged if it takes a little time to adjust to the idea. You’ll be surprised, and pleased as punch at how well they’ll take to the idea of family adventures!
It’s God who’s in the details y’all. Get familiar with His handiwork, and your whole family will come to know Him better, and see Him more clearly
Romans 1:20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
You may want to read the first three days of the series :
- My series- Exploring God’s Creation – here
- Day 1- The Value in Family Walks- here
- 2- Natures Stimulus Package – here
- 3- No Fear- Be Prepared- here
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