|It's rare finds like that this that make |
trekking so exciting! (cup fungi)
|Little Jo and daddy crossing a shallow|
To date, our longest trek would be in Endau Rompin, three hours of steep climb in, and 3 hours out. If this little person can, so can your children!
I know some parents are hesitant, afraid when it comes to nature walks. I often hear this "wait till my child is a little older." Thing is, once they're older they'll find the great outdoors boring, coz they would've gotten addicted to their TV and playstation. They'll say "it's hot, yucky, boring etc." So, I'd recommend that parents get them interested from young instead.
I remember starting mine early by allowing them to JUMP in puddles of rain water in a wet wet field after the rain, Walking bare footed over grassy fields and muddy paths. Catching insects for them to observe or stopping to watch a little bug cross the road, standing still on trails asking them to listen to the sound of nature, birdwatching with them etc. Slowly..my children began to love it. Nature has much to offer..it's a wonderful learning ground, I believe it helps your child develop confidence in him/herself. It helps a child feel, see, listen, observe and think in a whole new way.
If you're a nervous parent, try to relax and enjoy the trip yourself, or go for a simple trail first like the ones in FRIM or Frasers Hill and remember to enjoy.
Things to bring on a nature trip with children:
-Drinking water/energy drink
- Energy food
- Junk food (for motivation),
- First aid
- Mosquito repellant
- Wet wipes and tissue
|Nel and cousins having fun hiking :)|