20 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking


Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking

Often a great way to get kids enthused about getting outdoors is to offer an incentive. This doesn’t have to be huge and the smallest of offerings can make the biggest impact. It can make a walk fun in the eyes of a child and turn a simple ‘blowing away of the cobwebs’ into an adventure. Here’s some ideas to help you get the kids asking to go out for a walk.

Bear Hunt

Bear hunting is a fabulous way to inject some fun into a walk. Just like the childrens book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt you can re-enact scenarios and bring them to life. Find tall grass that you can’t go around so you have to wade through, find dark woods which bears may reside in. A little imagination is a great thing to take on a walk with children.

You could even take a cuddly bear with you and hide some chocolate bears in your backpack to hide along the way for the kids to find.

Take a peek at Our Bear Hunt.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - Bear Hunt

I used a potato to make a bear paw print maker. I then hid it in my pocket and stamped it into the ground whilst on our bear adventure walk for the kids to stumble upon.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - bear hunt

Feather Hunt

Kids love feathers and you can always be guaranteed to find some when out walking, so turn it into a hunt! An old straw hat is perfect to wear on your adventure to poke your feathers into.

Take a look at OUR FEATHER HUNT and see how we made it extra special!

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - Feather Hunt

Frog Hunt

Make any walk fun by turning it into a frog hunt! Chocolate is fabulous to achieve this, and during the Spring time Freddo frogs are ideal to embark on a fun froggy themed toddler adventure.

If you head out on your walk towards the end of March/April then there’s a good chance you’ll find some frog spawn too!

(**Please do not remove any frog spawn from its natural environment and always ensure care and supervision is taken with children by the water.)

Before you go, fill your pockets with a handful of small chocolate bars and during your walk drop them for your child to stumble upon. It’ll keep them excited!

Take a look at OUR FROG HUNT. We found frogs!

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - frog hunt

(**If you are lucky enough to stumble upon a frog ensure you look with your eyes & not your hands as some species can be an irritant to the skin.)

Stick Man Hunt

Here’s how our STICK MAN ADVENTURE went!
Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - Stick Man Adventure

Outdoor Artist

This is always such a big hit with the children! Get them to turn their hands at becoming outdoor artists. Pack a pad of paper, some and some colouring pencils and find your view, a beach, a hill top, a sunset, etc.

You could even buy small portable paint packs with a paintbrush and take a plastic bottle of water and become real painters!


Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - outdoor artists

Rainbow Hunt

Spring is a fantastic season of natural explosions of colour and is the perfect season to head out with your the kids to hunt for all the colours of the rainbow. It’s a sensory feast for little ones and a perfect excuse to get outdoors. And it’s easy!

Make a basic list of colours. It can be as easy as a red, blue, green and yellow. Use a piece of card put together to make a flip chart. Then head outdoors to find those colours.

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See OUR RAINBOW HUNT toddler mini adventure.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - rainbow hunt

A fabulous addition to a rainbow hunt is an egg carton to collect your colours of the rainbow.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - egg carton colour hunt

Gruffalo Hunt

Take inspiration from a book and use your imagination to recreate it!

That’s exactly what we did on our GRUFFALO HUNT.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - Graffalo Hunt

Rubbish Challenge

Another idea to keep the kids enthused on walks is to set an ‘oldest rubbish’ challenge. Take a carrier bag with you and pick up any rubbish you may find, the challenge is to find the rubbish with the oldest date on it.

It also raises a little awareness with the children about decomposer/recycling etc….you’d be surprised how excited the kids get about the challenge ?

Take the rubbish you collect home and discard of properly.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - oldest rubbish challenge

Posh Cake Tea

Cake is a fabulous incentive to get outdoors & toddlers LOVE to make cake! Better still is that you don’t need an excuse to eat cake, you can eat it just because.

Turn it into a full days mini adventure: take walk to shop to buy your ingredients as children love to feel a part of the process and will proudly carry the ingredients home. Or just decorate a ready-made cake! Then all that’s needed is to bake/decorate your cake and head out to find a spot in the great outdoors to enjoy your ‘just because cake’ posh picnic.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - posh cake tea

Hot Chocolate

A flask of hot chocolate in your backpack with a tin of squirty cream and sprinkles is always a great incentive on a walk.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - hot chocolate

Fairy Hunt

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - fairy hunt

Pirate Adventure

Gold chocolate coins will turn any walk into a pirate adventure and kids love to randomly find them.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - pirate adventure

Bug Hunt

A couple of nets and a jam jar (or plastic container) will turn any walk into a bug hunt. Throw in a book to identify your bugs and the kids will have a great time searching out mini beasts.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - bug hunt

Spring Hunt

Toddlers love a scavenger trail and they don’t have to be elaborate. A few simple drawings on a piece of cardboard are often enough.

Pull on wellies and raincoats and head outside. Here’s OUR SPRING HUNT mini adventures.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - toddler mini adventures


Things That Move Hunt

A ‘things that move’ hunt is ideal for children who love diggers, tractors, trains, and all things that move.

Make a list of things that move and head out to find them: tractors in fields, trains whizzing by and aeroplanes in the sky!


Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - things that move hunt

Dragon Egg Hunt

A dragon hunt is a magical adventure. All you need is a few hard-boiled eggs decorated and dusted with glitter and your set for a fabulous quest.

See how we did on OUR DRAGON EGG HUNT.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - dragon egg hunt

Gem Hunt

Decorative stones are great to fire up the imaginations of little ones. Watch their faces light up in awe as they stumble upon real jewels.

We did a MERMAID GEM HUNT at the beach. And our Magical Pearl Hunt kept our 2-year-old walking for miles!

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - gem hunt

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - gem hunt

Message in a Bottle

Stumbling upon a message in bottle always goes down well with children and leaves them incredibly excited over their discoveries.

Here’s OUR MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE adventure.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - finding a message in a bottle

Finding Pearls


Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - finding pearls

Panning for Gold

A pocket full of gravel which you have spray painted gold is a brilliant discovery if you’re crossing streams. The kids will love bringing gold home from their days outdoor adventuring.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - panning for gold

Reading Trail

Fresh air and books are a great combination. Fill a basket with books, picnic blankets and cushions and head outdoors to find a find a spot to make your own story telling haven. This idea can bring books alive: the woods would be a great place to read the Gruffalo before searching for a log pile house or make your own Stickman before settling down to share the tale together.

Ways to Get Kids Excited About Walking - reading trail

We did a simple Letter Trail on the school run. It was very easy to set up and allowed us to have fun on the walk home.

No matter what you do to make being outdoors fun for children always remember that it’s the memories of being together that matter the most.

If a little bribery is what it takes to get the kids enthused about walking then you’ve nothing to lose and plenty of fresh air to gain.

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