- For 9 to 12 year olds: photo challenge and "tips and tricks"
There's nothing like a photographic challenge to motivate older children.Depending on the route chosen, you can give your children a list of things to photograph during the hike.You can "assess" the results of this little competition either on your return or during the hike using a mobile app.This is the idea behind the Quechua Tracking app which, for example, allows the user to attach photos to their hiking route and then print them out to make a book.As well as providing an outlet for your children's creativity, it'll be a great source of memories when you get back home.
Another idea: "the tips and tricks" nature trail offered by mountain guides.This hike is a real opportunity for learning, with tips about plants, information on how to light a fire without matches and what to do when you're cold etc.Your children will feel like real Robinson Crusoes and will love showing you what they've learnt during your next hike.Next time, you can suggest that they're in charge of the map and lead the way - although, of course, you'll need to keep a close on the direction taken!
Finally, at this age, children like to spend time with their friends.So why not ask one or two of their friends to come with you?Your children will be much more motivated as a result.
In terms of distance, from around the age of ten, children have more-or-less the same ability as adults.However, to avoid getting into trouble, you need to be careful not to underestimate the effort required and be vigilant in terms of their hydration and nutritional requirements.
If, in spite of everything, you sense that the children are slightly despondent, a cereal bar or some dried fruit will boost their energy levels. You can also motivate them by telling them what distance you've already covered, your time of arrival and suggest short, regular breaks along the way.
Finally, an emergency first-aid kit is essential in case of cuts and grazes!