Get adventurous ideas for your kids!
Get adventurous ideas for your kids!
What is an adventure?
An adventure is defined as an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome. The term is often used to refer to activities with some potential for physical danger, such as skydiving, mountain climbing and or participating in extreme sports.
The term also broadly refers to any enterprise that is potentially fraught with physical, financial or psychological risk, such as a business venture, a love affair, or other major life undertakings. (Wikipedia encyclopedia)
How would a truly experienced adventurer describe the term?
"You are a professional adventurer. What do you think the word adventure means for children and young people nowadays?"
Arved Fuchs: "I have my own sort of definition for the word adventure. For me, adventure doesn't mean trying to find the most dangerous situations, some sort of risk maximisation. For me adventures are what happen in your head, the freedom to take off and put yourself in situations that from other people's perspectives are unusual. For me it is a creative element to get to grips with nature in you very own special way."
(Source: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt,[http://www.dbu.de/123artikel28104_106.html])
Do children need adventure?
Children put themselves into exciting situations in the real world and in their imagination, that is how they discover the world and grow accustomed to their surroundings and relationships.
Young explorers enjoy these fascinating experiences, and they also need them. Most of the time there is no need for expensive equipment and facilities. Outdoor games are essential for healthy development.
Nevertheless, nowadays it is often hard to find natural areas to play. Due to the population density and crowded towns and cities, there are no longer as many as there used to be. Parents are worried that their children might get hurt, for instance by traffic. Despite your natural apprehensions, you can make sure that your little one gathers their own experiences, discovers their limits and can go on their own adventures. Encourage your child to try out new things and put your trust in them!
Even alleged dangerous situations make a significant contribution to your child's physical, mental and emotional development. Experiencing adventures and going through thick and thin with their friends is what gives your child a sense of belonging which teaches important social skills (e.g. trust or achieving goals).
Experiencing the four seasons and experimenting with all their sense with elements such as fire, water, air and earth are just as much a personal adventure as collecting, hunting and inventing things.
Look back on your own childhood to come up with suitable ideas for little adventures. Most exciting things happen outdoors. What kind of adventures does your child enjoy? Here are a few ideas for your daily routine.
Themed beds for little adventurers
Childhood dreams become reality in adventure or themed beds (e.g. pirate ship or spaceship design). Children can let their imagination run free and make up all sorts of adventure stories that they think they experienced in their beds. During the day, your child can act out real adventures and at night can enjoy a fun night's sleep. If your child has a bed like that at home, they will become an adventurer or explorer all on their own.
Adventure play areas
In many towns there are large public adventure play areas that you can visit with your children and their friends, most often for free. There are usually long ziplines and huge climbing frames for them to clamber around and conquer.
Other adventure games that kids love are the classic cowboys and Indians game or a treasure hunt in the woods. Your child is also sure to have great fun at a (corn) maze and it is bound to awaken their spirit of adventure.
On exploration in nature
Go on an exploration with your children in the woods. Let them climb up trees or build a rope swing with them. The woods offer an incomparable stage for role play games (e.g. Robin Hood), building and discovering. Children love it if you watch animals in the woods with them or collect objects that they can use to do crafts and build things at home.
Most children also love archery in the great outdoors, and expeditions into the unknown really awaken your child's sense of adventure.
During the holidays, children experience things with their friends that don't happen very much in normal daily life. For example, they can sleep in the hay or build a wooden raft with other children and paddle along the river or from one bank to the other. During the day they could build a tower from empty drinks crates for example and in the evening they can learn from the adults how to build a campfire. At children's farms they can learn how to look after animals, milk cows or round up a herd of sheep. Adventure and excitement pure!
Build huts, dens and teepees
Children often wish for their own, handmade house where they can play, learn and romp around. Your child will also love making dens and teepees made from sticks, blankets, chairs, sheets etc. where they can hide and play. Kids also find it really exciting to have sleepovers and look after
themselves with their friends or brothers and sisters in their own playhouse or tent in the garden. In the winter you could even build an igloo with them.
None of these activities are too expensive or time consuming and your little explorers are sure to have a lot of fun. Let the adventure begin!