I know a lot of replies involve snacks so I will try and stay away from that. Consider making it excitable. Lets say you are hiking in Wisconsin on the Ice Age Trail... Consider studying up on the different wildlife, plants and vegitation along the area you are hiking. Being able to identify and educate along the hike would be a huge plus as well as preplanning activities such as swimming in a lake/river and such. Is this toddler old enough to use a camera? This could be another cool tool to get them excited. I would recommended combing a book of instects with photography and as they photograph each one cross it off of a list. This could also lead to an amazing hobby and even a future skill. One plus is you can help them learn the camera by photographing things around your yard, the community and local parks before a hike, plus they will be able to create their own memories as they go thru life. Also, brush up on bushcraft and get them involved in learning survival skills, bushcraft and camping essentials. Being able to make fire using a bow method, or knowing how to differentiate between poison and edible plants, could make a great game and camp activity. I recommend using "The Ultimate Survival Guide" by John Lofty Wiseman (otherwise I have a variety of books for free to download on my website heartwoodphoto.com). If your trying to avoid snacks, the above are great skill training and games that can lead to motivation, future use and also encourage a lifetime of seeking adventure.
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Great idea! Thank you! Our younger son is not exactly a keen outdoorsman - his idea of camping is an RV with a fireplace, heated massage chairs and a big-sceen TV! He'd rather stay with the grandparents than camp with us. (In his defense, we camp in an area that gets a lot of thunderstorms in the summer, and we *may* have traumatized him with more than one middle-of-the-night evacuation to the car for safety!) He LOVES the hammock and we frequently set it up in the yard. We'll bring it with us when we camp this weekend!
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