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Hiking is not necessarily attractive and motivating for elementary school children. Then let's make excursions to real experiences!
Hikes are associated with other movement activities, like projects such as the “Water Discovery Tour”, “Discover the forest with all the senses” (see Cross-Departmental Motion Projects), a winter sports day or an autumn sports festival (see Day Nursery Sports Days).






Making hikes a real experience through:



involving small games, games of recognition, cooperative games

terrain games, variations of the orientation course

orientation with map and compass or a GPS device

shifting into other roles (Indians)

a thematic search of animals, plants etc.

breaks with special activities, such as looking for Easter eggs

collection of objects (chestnut, etc.) for handicrafts

retrieval of landscapes / objects displayed on photos

the connection with small parties, such as Forest Sports Festival, Autumn Festival (see festivities and parties, day nursery sports days)

hiking in the company with a forester

the visit of specific destinations, such as caves, horse riding, climbing forest, wildlife park, indoor or outdoor pool (parental permission)

connection with an organized boat trip (watch safety regulations)






Treasure Hunt

TreasureOn a marked track (sawdust, sticks, cones, coloured strings, balloons, etc.) panels with motion tasks are spread, whose solutions lead to the hiding place of the "treasure chest".
“Jump up to the big fir tree on the right side of the path. You will find the next clue there.”
“Balance over the lying tree trunk ...” etc.
“Now you are near the treasure. Listen to the sounds of the swaying trees, look around - and try your luck.”
The treasure found in the box will be divided among the children.






Catching thieves

A group of children stole toys from the day nursery. With temporal advantage, they hide in the finish area of the hike. When the larger group of children arrive (the police), they have to catch the thieves and retrieve the toys.






Are we going to find the destination?

Prepared small groups take over certain parts of the track and lead the other children with map and compass (combination with “moved learning”, Class 3 / 4 - issue orientation on the map). When a section is completed the groups (have to) change. At the sub-destinations loosening with movement and knowledge tasks can be fitted in and at the destination a (search) game can be played (painted stones or pieces of wood, small balloons, etc.).