Whether you live in the city, the country or somewhere in-between lazy, meandering walks on the weekend are a nice way to spend time together as a family. Personally, we like serendipitous walks, but often kids prefer to have a purpose so why not give them one and turn your outing into a treasure hunt.
Our public library used to host a treasure hunt for kids every summer and the idea is easily adapted by families. Here's what we'd suggest:
1. Write up a list of treasures to find: a red rock, a coin, a mushroom, a piece of string, a feather, etc. (choose things you'll likely find, but not too easily, in your surroundings).
2. Take a bag or basket to collect your items.
3. Cross things off the list as your kids find them.
4. Go out for ice cream to celebrate finding everything!
5. Go out for ice cream to console yourselves for NOT finding everything!
• Older kids can go on their own treasure hunt in the yard or neighborhood.
• Go on a digital treasure hunt and "take home" your treasures on your camera. This lets you expand your targets to birds, animals, trucks, people, etc.
(Photo by Flickr member Jonf728 licensed for use under Creative Commons)