If you haven't heard of geocaching before, it is an exciting way of exploring the area around you, finding new 'secret' spots, and getting the kids (and husband) excited about going on a walk!
Geocaching is a world wide treasure hunting game where you use GPS to locate hidden containers called geocaches. Geocaches are hidden from plain view all over the country ready to be found. Non-geocachers are called 'muggles' and you have to make sure a muggle doesn't spot you finding the cache (it really appeals to my inner dork.... who am I kidding my outer dork as well). Poppet loves going on a 'venture' to find 'treasure'!
All you have to do is find a geocache near you using www.geocaching.com, download the details to your GPS device (we use an IPhone), and find it! The cache can be any sort of (waterproof) container, and has a logbook in it for you to record your find, and sometimes a selection of 'treasures' for you to choose from (and replace with a treasure of your own).
Our geocache coordinates led us to a brilliant woodland park really close by to our home that we didn't even know existed. It was a lovely walk on its own but the added element of finding the geocache made it a great walk. We had the pushchair with us but had to abandon it eventually as the GPS led us down a trail through some bracken that got denser and denser and higher and higher. It was a proper adventure. The girls had certainly never gone that 'off-road' before!
Poppet came prepared with her explorer handbag; she had a pen in it to write in the logbook and a treasure to exchange (a little tin box with her prized shell collection - whoever gets that may be a little disappointed!).
We found the geocache hidden under a big old sycamore tree; it was a Tupperware box inside a camouflage bag (I've blacked out the name of the cache so it stays a secret!).
Poppet chose a little green clipboard from the selection of treasures in the box, this is now her most prized possession! She even slept with it for a couple of nights.
While daddy filled out an entry in the logbook, Poppet carefully put her own entry on her clipboard.
Little just loved the whole walk apart from maybe the mouthful of bracken.
In conclusion, try geocaching it's brilliant!
Poppet: 2yrs 7mos