Generally, exploring and discovery is enough for kids, but sometimes even they can grow bored with that and become restless. Remember that they naturally have shorter attention spans than adults.
Fortunately, there are lots of tried and true activities you can do on the trail that’ll keep kids from getting bored. Among them is Whichever Way the Wind Blows.
If there is a slight breeze, have your children identify which way the wind is blowing. Then have them identify ways that they can determine its direction (the way trees, bushes and grass are bending, the way a piece of paper bends when held up in the air, etc.).
Materials: None needed.
Ages: 10 and up.
Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.