Pawpaw brought Sam her very first fishing pole. We were hoping to get it out and wet the hook from the kayak yesterday but couldn't get it put together and working in time. So today we walked to our local neighborhood pond so she could practice her casting and learn a little bit about fishing.
She was very good at following the instructions and wanted to do it by herself but after a few casts and she didn't catch a fish she was done. I am sure that is the way it would be for most little ones.
I knew there probably weren't any fish in this particular pond but wanted Sam to get a chance to try out the fishing pole with her grandparents.
Today was all about practicing. In preparation for a big family camping trip we have coming up soon we lit another backyard fire and roasted marshmallows. I want my girls to be familiar with campfires, know the rules and not be tempted to get too close.
I am really hoping that I will be able to enjoy the campfire and not be stressed with worry about them getting seriously hurt. Lots more practice is needed!
The Nitty Gritty!
Practice makes perfect for almost anything that you do outdoors. Starting small and working up to bigger adventures are a great way to treat outdoor activities with little kids. Things like backyard fires, picnics, playing in a tent set up in the backyard, camping in the backyard and many others are all great ways to practice skills that your kids will need to be comfortable with when they do outdoor adventures with the family.
If you are familiar with PlayOutdoors their campfire blog has lots of articles on how to get kids outside. Plus, I actually wrote an article for them that is suppose to be published on Jne 6th about camping practice with little kids. And if you need information on how to poop in the woods there is a great article on there right now!