How to make hiking fun for kids

HIKING WITH JUDE
This morning was the first day of the second week of Christmas break with Jude. He is like most 7 year olds who lose interest in anything that doesn’t require batteries or an electrical outlet. In this house we call the devil many things…including “electronics”.
I have been over eating with the rest of the world during the holidays so I wanted to get out and move this body of mine, and since Jude is not old enough to do much alone…he had to come with me!
[COLBY TRAIL : GLENDORA, CA]
In the past few years digestion has been a battle so after-dinner-walks are a must. To keep my little guy entertained and interested I used a small pocket notebook and created a small scavenger list. At the time he was too young to read so drawing pictures of common sites on our walk worked perfect. For example:
[] ROCK
[] TREE
[] CAR
[] TRUCK
[] FLOWER
[] GRASS
[] MAN HOLE
[] FIRE HYDRANT
[] BIRD
[] DOG
[] HUMAN

Jude is old enough to read and write so he loved the printable lists I found thanks to handy dandy Pinterest! Its cold this time of year so I made sure he was dressed appropriately, packed a bottle of water, pencil, and went to a local trail that was safe and kid friendly.
If you live in the Los Angeles are there are TONS of trails, only a quick google search away!
What are some ways you are keeping your kids busy this winter break? I have a week planned for my little guy and hope the weather stays nice so I can share them with you!
On our hike we surprisingly found everything BUT a pinecone and acorn! We looked for over and hour and nothing! We saw cool animal holes and even a snake “house” haha. Of course I was not going to stick around to say hello! *Runs away quickly with kid in arms*
Outfit details:
[ZARA] Hat
[FOREVER 21] Sweatshirt
[ZARA] Vest
[ZARA] Joggers
[VANS] Shoes
Like cell phones, iPads and game consoles have a hold on our children and are creating a new generation of anti social adults. I am trying to encourage other ways to use time that requires us to unplug. One of my New Years Resolutions is to spend at least 1 day a week without an email check, without a social media post, a weekly electronic detox!
I can’t wait to read the way you are getting active this winter in the comments!
Like in my YouTube videos, Thank you so much for joining me!
*Latina Kissed*

Jude the Potter

Getting down and dirty!
We got invited to Crazy Carl aka Carlsbad aka Carly’s Open Studio day. She taught (just like she does her students) to make a hollowed out pumpkin!
 He’s being a good listener, opening up his clay to match Miss Carly’s example.
 In this shot the light catches his face just right. Almost like God is reminding me how lucky I am to have him in my life. My bunny is so smart!
 Smacking out any imperfections.
 While waiting on his project to harden a bit, he made Mr.Gru from Despicable Me! He draws really well too! I think he got it from his mama 😉
 He’s now making impressions to finish his pumpkin. I will be posting a photo of the finish project when its glazed and fired! 

 Now for my favorite part! The wheel! I took Ceramics in High School and it was such a fun and artistic activity. Jude hates being dirty but he was into it! 
 Some of Carlys students who are at least 10 years older than Jude were impressed by his skills for a first timer. He owned the place!
 With Tia Carly’s help, he started to open up his cup!
 I was so proud of him! He behaved well, and took direction even better! I am so blessed to have so many opportunities to share these creative lessons with my son. Art is amazing and so is my little boy!
*Latina Kisses*