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Activities for Kids While Camping

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

In this age of technology, camping with children can present problems with boredom. If you plan ahead and have activities in mind, they won’t have time to get bored. Kids play an important part in your life. Therefore, you need to take their absolute care so that they get the best in the world. This is applicable to any items that you purchase for your kids. In this article, we would deal with shoes because kids shoes are an essential accessory for every child. There are wide varieties of brands that produce shoes for kids. Their feet are delicate and keeping in mind this particular aspect, the different companies manufacture different kinds of shoes for the kids. Apart from that, there are several other occasions for which kids shoes are required. You cannot afford to make your child wear the same shoe in all the occasion. There are other occasions like birthday parties or a casual going out when your child would again require kids shoes. We’ve been selling a complete range of premium quality Kids Shoes since 2005. Catering for the very young with soft sole baby shoes to fast-moving toddlers with durable boots and sandals for boys & girls and finally dress shoes for boys and girls to suit all occasions. You are sure to find something you love at Atti & Anna. These shoes can be slightly gorgeous and if you look for these shoes you would definitely find shoes designed for kids which are attractive as well as gorgeous. These kinds of shoes are suitable for all kinds of occasions and your kid would just love to wear them. However, when you purchase them, you need to ensure that these shoes are of good quality and made with good quality materials. It is your duty to purchase the right shoe for your child for the right occasion so that their feet remains protected. If you purchase good quality kids shoes from a good brand, you can also be assured that their feet would receive the maximum comfort that it deserves. If you want to buy shoes for your children online make sure to shop at reputed stores. This is because unlike an offline store where you can physically try on the shoes on your child, there is no such option in an online store. All you have to go by is the description and picture of the shoes in question. Of course, size and other features are always mentioned but before you buy shoes for your kid online you need to know the size of your toddler’s feet. Ideally, you should get your kid’s feet professionally measured at the nearest shoe store in your locality. Measuring your kid’s feet helps you know exactly, which size of shoes they need. The kind of materials used is a critical aspect to consider when you buy new shoes for your kid online. One good choice when it comes to shoe material is leather. Leather is not only durable but it helps sustain dryness and also keeps your kid’s feet cool. Leather also keeps common foot ailments like smelly feet, blisters and general discomfort at bay. When you buy kids shoes online, make sure to avoid shoes, which have a hard upper surface. These can cause corns on your kid’s feet. Make sure to check the description of the soles of the shoe when you buy kids shoes online. The soles should be constructed of a robust material so that your kid does not suffer any pain or injury when running or playing. While the usage of a robust sole is advised, flexibility should also be incorporated into the sole so that the shoe can bend along with the feet. Since kids are always playing or running around, this is a crucial aspect when you buy kids shoes online.

Make up your own games: my husband brought a tennis ball with us on one trip. He probably also had some racquets in the back because he was telling he he’d come across a good head tennis rackets for sale sign offering him discount the other day. We used it by playing a game on the picnic table ? sort of like ping pong where the paddle is your hand. See how many bounces you can get before it hits the ground. You can also create other ‘challenges’ such as making the ball bounce once off the table, off a tree, or into a box. Just have fun with it!

Hiking: this can be fun and enjoyable for all ages. Just make sure you select a trail that is appropriate for all skill levels, since it’s easy to find plenty of reviews for any trail on the Internet nowadays. Take a water bottle and a snack for everyone. Wear the right kind of shoes for the type of hiking you will be doing.

Board and card games: we take several games with us on each trip. Let the kids decide which ones to take.

Flashlight tag: a favorite of our kids! Make sure you are not in a potentially dangerous area (drop-offs). Set boundaries. Respect the campsites of others around you.

Slingshot : We bought some slingshots at a hardware store on a camping trip one year. They became the highlight of the trip! We had contests all weekend to see who could hit certain objects the most.

Bike riding: we usually take our bicycles on our camping trips. Our kids love to ride their bikes on the campground roads. We camped near a “Rails-to-Trails” route twice and really enjoyed it (Virginia Creeper Trail).

Ranger Programs: state parks and national parks usually have programs set up by the Park Rangers. These are very informative, interactive, and educational. Also check into the Junior Ranger program for children. This kept our kids very busy one weekend ? and years later they still have their Junior Ranger badges that they earned.

Sightsee: find out in advance things to do in the area. Explore nearby small towns.

Geocaching: a fun way to treasure hunt!! You will need a GPS enabled device (ok, so you need technology for this).

Extreme Geocaching

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Most of the time when you’re geocaching, the cache isn’t too terribly hard to find. You may remember in our guide to geocaching, the cache itself was hidden under a grill in a park. That’s an easy to find cache. Most are a bit harder. Once in a while, however, you’ll find yourself climbing 40ft trees, scaling vertical cliffs (that you probably shouldn’t be without safety gear) and crossing raging rivers. At that point, you’re into “extreme” geocaching.

Here’s one such example of a cache in Denmark where the cache isn’t too tough if you can safely navigate the rapid across the river.

Best Handheld GPS Devices

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Once you’ve made it to your camping, hiking, or outdoor adventure destination, your automotive GPS will be of little use to you. They generally run on batteries and won’t easily fit in your pocket. Not only that, they a little lacking in the durability category so you’ll want to switch over to your handheld GPS unit. It is crucial that you keep on updating your Garmin Nuvi maps in order to know about the latest route added in any region. You can Garmin nuvi maps update by two ways. One is with the help of Garmin Express and the other is myGarmin Account.

While many higher end handheld devices do support turn by turn direction like their automotive counterparts you’ll find they’re much more at home out in the backwoods.

A handheld GPS unit is usually far more rugged and water resistant if not outright waterproof. They don’t frequently come preloaded with maps. Instead, you’ll need to purchase separate software especially with lower end devices. However, even if your GPS device isn’t loaded with maps, it’s still plenty useful as it can keep track of where you’ve been so if you get hopelessly lost you can still backtrack.

Also, if you know the coordinates of where you’re going, it can also point you in the right direction.

Which brings me to one of it’s more common uses these days, geocaching. Geocaching is a great summertime activity and one that can keep the kids entertained for hours on end. I’ve talked about geocaching at length in my guide to geocaching post and video so I won’t repeat that all here, but it sure is a heck of a lot of fun and if you haven’t given it a try, I highly recommend it.