10 Adventure Quests with a Toddler

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. — William Feather

Yesterday I awoke with a few limiting thoughts and a lack of excitement about the day with my toddler. I decided to do something different. I asked the question: How can I make today an adventure!? How could we make it more fun!?FullSizeRender_3

I thought: Make it a game. We will go on 10 quests today. I shared the idea with my son and then, we sat down and wrote out our list. He contributed the park, store and making the pumpkin porridge, the rest were my ideas that he agreed with.

We started our game at 10:30 am and ended at 5:30 pm. Below is what we did in the order we did them. ๐Ÿ™‚

1. 7 minute Whole Body Vibration Plate workoutWeย  have our own little home gym so he did his own little “workout” which consisted of not wanting me to workout, playing with legos and doing a little bit of rowing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (If you’re interested in the vibration plate there is also a less expensive one on Amazon you can find HERE!)

Image-1-12. Grocery Store — Here we got a green juice and kale chips to power us up for the start of our outdoor quests. We also stopped by a sign that I’ve walked by many times but have never read. It was pretty awesome to see people’s desires. Made me smile.

3. Find a feather — We went to the metaphysical store down the street from our house and serendipitously saw a Image-1-2bunch of feathers. #Score! I also got some more frankenscience incense and a little memento to put on my desk. Oh, and I bought a magazine which is something I pretty much never do. I know really daring greatly. HA! FullSizeRenderI thought the cover was brilliant!! ๐Ÿ™‚

4.Discover something new โ€” We stopped to ask two construction workers what they were fixing. We learned all about how the water actually gets into our homes so we can use it. Amazing how many people help our lives run smoother. WFullSizeRender_4e also discovered this cool free library someone created on the street outside their house and made a note to go and donate a book.

5. Walk down a different street — While we were walking down our quest street we met a local author, Robyn. If I wasnโ€™t in the adventurous spirit I probably wouldnโ€™t have said anything. But, we were on a quest so I said: I think I have a book you wrote. Did you write a book? She said: Yes! We talked about her book/work/parenting/etc. Then, I shared how much I appreciated her commitment to unabashedly be herself. We had a delightful conversation and hugged as we both went on our way. (Her book is Go Only As Fast As Your Slowest Part Feels Safe To Go).

6. Go to the park and do 10 different activities We visit the park at least once a day. I sometimes play but mostly just hang around and watch my son play. I wanted to get in on the action so I committed to doing 10 different activities. I went down slides, climbed walls, attempted pull ups, jumped, etc. It was so much more fun. Good reminder we can inspire play wherever we go. Don’t let the joy stoppers limit our fun!

7. Have a picnicย  โ€” I was thinking we would rock this quest in the afternoon but FullSizeRender_2it ended up raining. Later I told E we still needed to do our picnic quest. He said we already did it when we sat on the floor eating our pumpkin porridge. Indoor picnic on the floor? Works for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Then, it was about 4:45 and it was chilly and slightly raining and I really wanted to just stay inside. But, we still had a few more quests to complete. E said: Let’s Go! So, we put our jackets and hats on and headed out. It was actually amazing.ย  No one was out and it was beautiful from the recent rainfall with lots of puddles to jump in.

8. Help someone โ€” I am reaching with this one because it was more just being helpful rather than helping a specific person. But, we are counting it. We found 8 pieces of trash and picked it up and put it in the garbage. The best part was how excited he got when he found a piece of trash and then preceded to put it in the garbage. Never would have guessed picking up trash could be so fun!

9. Climb a tree — My son is only 3 so we don’t climb that high. But, we did climb up a smaller one and explored 2 really big tree trunks. While we were sitting on one of the trucks he decided he wanted to have a pretend picnic. Great idea I said (kids are awesome!). He then went and got some leaves and some sticks and we pretended to 1079_25_gratitude-quotes-gratitude-quoteswebhave some apples, porridge, cashew butter and green juice.

10. Savor and gratitude practice —ย  We savored all the fun things we did before his nap. And, then, before bedtime we talked about all the adventures of the day and what we loved about it and a couple of things we were grateful for.

Bonus Quests:
* Make pumpkin porridgeE got the canned pumpkin out of the cabinet and wanted to make something with it. I haven’t eaten grains in 3 years and occasionally I miss porridge/oatmeal. So, I had the inspiration to try to create something similar. We both FullSizeRender_1*loved* the experimental creation and are going to make it again today. Will share recipe soon!

* Sprints — When we were outside completing our adventure quests I said: Let’s get some sprints in too. Wanna run? He enthusiastically said: YES! And, off we went running down the bike path, stopping to rest and take a few breaths and then starting again. So great.

Whew! What an awesome adventure! It would have been a totally different day if I would’ve believed my grumpy thoughts from the morning. I might’ve even felt kinda bored with the whole at-home-mothering thing but we turned it into a wild adventure. Happy I chose something different.

We both got lots of nature time, talked with a bunch of people, had a lot of fun, discovered new things, moved our bodies a lot, and nourished ourselves with some good food, gratitude and the joy of helping ourselves and others! I was a much happier Momma today because of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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P.S. Any other ideas for our next Adventure Quest day? What would be your quests for the day? ๐Ÿ™‚

6 thoughts on “10 Adventure Quests with a Toddler

  1. Sooo AWESOME. What fun!! I just skimmed this quickly, but can’t wait to go back through and create one for me and my little guys…. BTW…. Have you read “When Queen’s Ride By”. I’m loving it. It was written in 1937. Great, quick, inspiring read. ๐Ÿ˜˜

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      1. Still giggling with excitement about this quest. Amazing how others stories can inspire so many thoughts and actions.
        My 7 year old son is working with a play therapist, and she works with alot of different toys and things, but she specifically does sand therapy. after he played in it the first time he asked if we could get a sand tray. Have you heard of kinetic sand? Its the type of sand you can use indoors. Here is the link to purchase the whole set. http://www.brookstone.com/kinetic-sand-by-brookstone-starter-set/908219p.html. They use all kinds of different action figures to play in the sand. he has to pick a set of action figures when he goes in to play with sand. I can hear him in there playing, and he really gets into it. She has also spoke of bean box’s with beans, and puzzles, but I have not tried these yet.
        Our play therapist also highly recommends adult coloring books for adults, and puzzles.
        So I think Incorporating all of these would be a great indoor adventure quest(kid style) if weather prohibits us from going outside.
        Thank you so much for sharing your adventure. xoxo

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  2. LOVE IT! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay, for giggles! ๐Ÿ™‚ We all need play therapists. So awesome!! I love your ideas for indoor adventure quests! Thanks!!

    I haven’t heard of kinetic sand but it sounds intriguing.Thanks for the link it looks great! I’ve seen a few coloring books at our sweet little local toy store and thought about getting them. Thanks for the prompt, I know I’d dig it too!

    I love this vision of having a bunch of adventure quests to pull together a fun morning, afternoon or day. I know it was so much fun doing together and so awesome to do something different.

    big love to you and your loves!

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  3. Really enjoyed this blog in so many ways A!! Love, love, love the adventure idea and so sweet how your joint intention brought both of you magic and delight all day long–totally rocking it as a mom and creator/intender! Just tried a hyper vibe for the first time, really cool invention! And I now think I know what I want to be when (and if!) I grow up: an adventure play therapist for adults!! lol! (kids, too!). This could be fun too…or adding your own “happy caches”–what I like to call random acts of kindness & joy or sprinkling happiness about…E might like that! leaving little smiley faces or love notes for a random passerby…
    http://erin-travelingcircus.blogspot.com/2013/04/geocaching-in-ojai.html

    thanks for sharing and keep enjoying!

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    1. Thank you, Ellen Mary Elizabeth! ๐Ÿ™‚ We had a really good time and I’ve continued to add little quests here in there as well to create a feeling of more adventure.
      I love the idea of “happy caches”. Great idea! Thanks I will add that into our adventure list. Thanks for the link to the geo caching too. Looks awesome! And, YES!!! I love the idea of a play therapist. Brilliant. I think we all need more play in our lives. Assuming you’ve read Stuart Brown’s Play book? So great!! Oh, and do we ever need to really grow up? ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe Sending big love and light to you!! xo

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