Let the kids lead the way
Why are the ‘grown-ups’ always in charge of choosing where to go on an adventure? Why not set the kids an after-school navigation challenge and let them guide you on an expedition of their choosing?
I showed Max and Charlie an OS map of our local area and talked them through the basics of map-reading. We covered things like what a footpath or road look like, potential points of interest like a tumulus, stream, woodlands, or pub (!!), and also a vague idea of distances so they didn’t start to plot a marathon. If your map reading skills are a little on the rusty side, the Ordnance Survey have an amazing bank of resources to brush up on your skills (or to help if you’re starting from scratch!) – click here to find them. Getting a grip of of map reading basics is incredibly helpful in exploring new places locally.
With map in hand, I asked the boys to chart a route that we could follow. The next day after school we headed out on our adventure. The boys took it in turns to map-read and really enjoyed leading the way. They were so excited about the map reading that they forgot to do any moaning….
With a bit of help through the tricky bits, they navigated the entire route and were thrilled to find the natural springs marked on the map that they had been aiming for.
- Buy or borrow your local OS map. You can buy them from local shops, petrol stations, or online. Find out which map you need by entering your postcode on the OS site here. I’d recommend a paper map over the phone app because it’s easier for the kids to navigat.
- Plot your route in advance. We like to plan the route the night before our adventure. It saves time and faff after school
- If you’re not too precious about your map, you can use a highlighter to mark your route. It makes it easier to keep track!
- OS map
- snacks and drinks
- Take a compass if you want an extra challenge!
Why not extend your adventure and cook dinner outdoors? Check out our mini outdoor cooking adventure here