This weekend we met some friends for a hike with the kids. It was a beautiful and sunny day but not too hot for a hike. As we were hiking I realized that going on a family hike is really the ideal Montessori sensorial activity.
There is really no better place to interact with your environment than out in nature. The kids got to have an impromptu science lesson as they explored a variety of trees, plants leaves, animals (many horses on our trail), waterfalls, and so much more. My preschooler asked a lot of questions and we were able to talk about and identify different types of trees. My 1-year old equally loved exploring this new environment.
The children were able to use all of their senses in exploring the trail. We progressed slowly through the trail so they could stop and look at whatever caught their eye. They used their sense of touch to gather rocks, leaves, and to touch trees, grass and flowers. They smelled the flowers and blew dandelions.
If you haven’t gone on any family hikes, I’d suggest looking for some trails now. Here a few pointers in planning for your family hike.
- Make sure the trail isn’t too long, we opted for a 2-mile loop trail.
- Bring plenty of water and snacks. My kids took a lot of breaks to sit during our hike.
- Don’t forget your hats, sunscreen, and a change of clothes, and wear good hiking shoes.
- Don’t worry about finishing the hike. This really is about the journey, not the destination.
Hope you find time for a fun, family hike. We had a wonderful time on ours!