Anyone with a toddler at home will affirm that small children love to claim their independence. Walking with toddlers often results in a lot of in and out or up and down. Giving them a bar to reach for can be a wonderful way to give them a sense of accomplishment and sense of pride in their achievement. I’ve stuck with the guideline of a child being able to walk 1km per year of age after about age 2 or 3. This seems to be an achievable and simple bar to strive to meet. Naturally starting out small will build confidence and ensure future success.
Three Easy Walks for 2-3 year olds
1. McArthur Island Loop – 3.1km Stroller friendly so your little one can pop in and out. This is hands down my favorite walk for little people mostly because of the wonderful diversity and accessibility of the walk. If you sneak down to the shore line once a month or once a season you will start to get in touch with the rhythm and changes of the river. You really should take the wide loop and travel behind the golf course because the scenery back there is quite lovely.
2. Rivers Trail – Stroller friendly so your little one can pop in and out. From the tennis court parking lot you can either head east towards the Red Bridge or west towards the Overlander Bridge. Walking all the way over the bridge can be a fun goal for little ones who will find they walked “so far” and be telling you for weeks about their accomplishment.
3. Schubert Drive – Stroller friendly so your little one can pop in and out. When the river is low there are lots of opportunities to sneak down a side trail and explore the shoreline along the Thompson River. This is particularly pleasant in the summertime when a large sandbar often forms and kids can wade in the river muck.
There you have it 3 very simple easy ways that you can get out and enjoy the natural world. Encourage your little one to walk farther and farther on their own until they walk 3km all by themselves. Be sure to let them know about their accomplishment so they can be proud of themselves and tell everyone how far they walked!
This is my 3 year old with a mini Camelbak. These are one of the greatest inventions ever for helping your kiddo stay hydrated. BONUS you don’t have to carry anything!
Krystal Williams-Gardener is a mom to three children under 10 in Kamloops BC. She is also the owner of Kamloops first Outdoor Preschool for children aged 3-6 years. To learn more visit www.lovinglearning.com