Taking a Nature Walk with Your Kids

Nature has long been a source of healing and wellness. As noted by the Mental Health
, fresh air, exercise, and a connection to nature is crucial for good physical
and mental health. The same goes for kids too! Being connected to nature can help
make them happier and calmer. Taking a nature walk is an excellent way for you and
your kids to boost your overall health, learn something new, and bond with each

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If you aren’t sure what to do or what you need for a nature walk with children, I’ve prepared some tips for you to start with:

Taking a Nature Walk with Babies

It may seem like babies won’t benefit much from a nature walk, being as young as they are, but exposing them to fresh air, vitamin D and new environments is great for sensory development. Of course, it’s no simple feat to bring babies outside since they can’t walk alone yet; it’s even harder when you also have to manage a toddler. Parents who have a baby and a toddler can benefit from iCandy’s tandem double buggies, which are designed for easier manoeuvrability, even through doorways and public transport. These double prams allow one child to sit behind the other, making your nature walks more convenient, so no one gets too tired. It may be challenging to bring a pushchair in unpaved areas, so you can start by bringing your baby to a park or walking around the neighbourhood. Allow your baby to observe their surroundings and point out the things you come across along the way to stimulate their brains.

Taking a Nature Walk with Toddlers

Taking a toddler on a nature walk can be tough, especially when they’re full of energy, fussy, or distracted. You can make walks enjoyable and engaging for them by giving them the freedom to explore nature a little more. Find a toddler-friendly trail and allow them to run or walk around for some exercise. Under your supervision, let them touch things like leaves, flowers, or tree bark to introduce them to new objects and textures. You can even pretend these things are “treasures” they can collect when they find them to make the walk more exciting. For active and non-active toddlers alike, they must have suitable footwear for walking. The Regatta Holcombe waterproof mid walking boots are a great choice to start with; they’re comfortable, protective, and durable so your toddler can walk without a problem.

Taking a Nature Walk with Older Children

Older kids will want to roam around more freely with less supervision, so you can let them explore their sense of independence by allowing them to pack their things for the walk. A lightweight, waterproof backpack like the REI Co-op Tarn 18 is functional and comfortable so your child can bring along anything they want on your nature walk. You can also make these short hikes an educational opportunity. Have them identify the objects they’re familiar with and introduce them to new things you may find on the trail. You can bring things like notebooks, a camera, or even a magnifying glass — which they can put in their bag — to document and observe their findings. Share some facts about your location or the wildlife around you so they can come home having learned something new.

From health to learning, there are many ways a nature walk can benefit you and your kids! Let me know if these tips worked for you, or you can also check out our post on ‘Five Calming, Easy Fun Nature Activities’ for more things to do with your kids outdoors. Take Care Emma x