Here are 5 Ways to Inspire Kids’ Sense of Adventure. They will learn so much by getting out into the real world and exploring, learning, and traveling!
Inspiring a sense of adventure in our kids is so important. It can give them confidence and awareness of their surroundings. You don’t have to go far to find adventure, you just have to get outdoors and see what you and your child can find! Eventually, even if they don’t naturally have a sense of adventure they will find one!
5 Ways to Inspire Kids’ Sense of Adventure
Go outside and explore. Grab a magnifying glass, binoculars , a field guide on your intended subject, and maybe a fishing pole- head outdoors and make it a point to explore. Here is a list to get you started adventuring!
- Find bugs in your own backyard.
- Bird watch at a state park.
- Go on a nature walk.
- Take your kids fishing.
- Scoop up tadpoles in a pond.
- Create treasure maps with a real treat to find at the end.
- Explore your town or the next one over.
- Seek out new parks to visit.
- Take your child geocaching.
- Make up a fun nature scavenger hunt.
- Play Pokemon Go.
Travel as a family. While you don’t have to leave your yard to find some adventure there is a great big world out there to explore! Whether you stay in your state, your country, or travel to an exotic land make it a point to travel some.
- Find places you have never been before that you can get to on a tank of gas and purpose to visit one per month.
- Plan a family vacation somewhere together, out of state, in the near future. Research out of the way places to go to instead of typical tourist traps. Explore places like state parks, historical sites, and various topographical sites.
- If leaving the country for adventure is not in the cards for awhile you can still dream and plan. Include your child in the planning from choosing the destination to budget and activities. Keep a box with your notes, photos, brochures.
Read all about it! There is plenty of adventure to be found in books, and therefore inspire adventure in their hearts! Here are some of my favorites to get them excited.
- JM Cremps– This catalog has every adventurous item you could dream of! Gear for military items, sports, camping, hunting, fishing, and space exploration are all included.
- The Boy’s Book of Adventure– This includes ideas for nature study, outdoor activities, rock identification, and a little bit of everything else.
- The Girl’s Book of Adventure– Personally, I think both my kids would enjoy both of these. The girl version of this book covers identifying seasonal produce, paper jewelry making, how to make teas, etc.
- The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book– We have had this one for about a year and enjoy flipping through it to find ideas for hands on activities.
- The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook– Another one in our collection we really enjoy. This gives you nature exploration ideas whether you live out in the country or in the big city!
Create a Journal/scrapbook- Start a journal or scrapbook to commemorate your adventures or dream up new ones. Take it with you on every venture out- from geocaching to hiking the Grand Canyon or birdwatching. Include nature items, photos, postcards, and anything else you can think of to inspire their love of adventure. They can also make their own from a sketch pad, notebook, paper bags, construction paper, or another medium. Here are some more ideas:
Watch Adventure Shows- I am by no means encouraging you to pop your children down in front of the TV to find adventure! But, watching the Travel Channel, Animal Planet, or even the History Channel in moderation may inspire adventures and travel in both of you. You can watch close-up exploration of lands far away, see different animal habitats, and historical sites that might just spark a love of adventure!