Get out there in nature and go for a walk with your toddler.
Walk around your neighborhood, a trail, a park, beach, ect. The photos you see here are during a summer time hike in Maine on one of the trails near my family home.
Your toddler needs to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste nature. Especially during the first 3 years of life when brain development is more rapid. You will provide your child with priceless experiences that will promote positive cognitive and emotional development.
Toddler Hiking Sucess:
- Bring snacks and hydration
- Backpack with essentials: SUN SCREEN, diaper supplies, hats, change of clothes, etc.
- Wear your toddler. See my post about baby wearing for more information.
- Let your toddler walk.
- Let you toddler take the lead and follow.
- Touch, smell and observe everything. (Keeping safe of course)
- Describe your observations in Toddler friendly language for effective language acquisition. (For example when observing a stone say things that describe its color, texture, moisture, weight, etc)
- Have fun! Smile! Sing Songs! Meditate! Do yoga! Hold hands! Lay in the grass! Walk through a stream! Explore and engage in nature.
Extra Bonus: If you are working on toilet training, the forest is a great place to learn to pee.
Now get out there!