Make walking more than just a way of getting from A to B with these 7 tips: make it a fun way of looking after the health of your child!

Walking with your child can be a wonderful experience. It's a simple activity that offers health benefits for your little charge, as well as helping you both to bond.

Walking is free as long as you're already properly equipped. So read ahead for our tips on enjoying this fun and eye-opening activity.

TURN WALKING INTO AN ADVENTURE

Rather than just suggesting that you go for a walk, turn your little outing into an adventure that just happens to involve walking. For example, you might suggest that you and your child explore the park and see what you can find there: a play area, river or lake perhaps. Anything that gives walking purpose is perfect.

GIVE THEM A PEDOMETER

It's recommended that your child spends at least 60 minutes a day doing a moderate activity like walking in order to keep them healthy. That is equivalent to between 12,000 and 15,000 steps every day.

By monitoring your child's activity with a pedometer, you will be able to make sure you follow these health guidelines, as well as giving them an interesting, challenging incentive to go for a walk with you.

BRING A MAP WITH YOU

You'll be able to show your child where you are. It's also a chance to give them a bit of responsibility. With map in hand, your child can take the initiative and even switch up your route. It's a way to make walking exciting by stimulating their curiosity.

PLAY "I SPY"

This fun game is an absolute classic! Just come up with the first letter or the colour of an object you can see (e.g. a tree) and get your child to guess what you're thinking of. Then it's your turn to guess!

GIVE YOUR CHILD A CAMERA

They can create a scrapbook of discoveries from each of your different walks. And they'll be able to look back on these treasured memories when they're older.

BRING SOMETHING TO EAT AND DRINK…

And which your child will enjoy! You could for example bring a picnic to have during your walk. Don't forget to give your child some of it to carry in their backpack. This will give them a bit of responsibility, just like a grown-up.

MAKE THE ACTIVITY INTERESTING

Walking is fun! You could organise a treasure hunt to find items like leaves or certain trees, or come up with a mini obstacle course where your child has to scrabble over tree trunks, jump over puddles or climb a small hill or a sand dune if you live near a beach.

It isn't walking that's boring; it's dull, flat paths!

Good to know: when spending time together in this way, possibly with one of their friends – why not? – make sure the kids set the pace.

Don't worry about cutting short your walk at the first sign of tiredness.

It's best that they are left wanting more so that they will benefit from this healthy activity on a regular basis!