Observing bugs and pretending to be Sherlock.
Exploring, observing, discovering, in short becoming a budding detective can be a good enough motivation for hiking. But to arouse curiosity, you must first help your child to perceive the benefits of what surrounds them.
For this, you must have a minimum of knowledge about the natural environment. So first stock up on anecdotes and surprising facts about the "little" creatures that you may meet on your way.
Nothing easier: in book stores or online, there are many resources on this subject.
In concrete terms, you can go in search of all kinds of animals and bugs. Well, this is always more interesting if you end with an observation.
To avoid the risk of a disappointment, setting out to conquer the Ibex or any other four-legged mammal, insects is a good compromise.
Easily observable, they often offer unsuspecting treasures. Ants, for example, are remarkable. The organization of their society, their habitat and their abilities can make the eyes of your toddlers shine. When they discover they are endowed with superhero strength, and their home, the Ant Hill, seemingly a bunch of lawless twigs, is as well organized as our homes, hunting for these insects often becomes exciting.
With this little bit of advice, the hike becomes part of a plot. Interrupted by pauses to allow room for observation. It takes longer, but the little ones have a lot of fun and will surely ask for more stories in the heart of nature.
Don't forget to bring your magnifying glass with you!