I enjoyed a three-hour geocaching adventure with Quadmommy this week. It did, however, involve a little molten lava. I’ll explain.
Quadmommy wasn’t alone. As her name implies, Quadmommy has four kids. There’s more. The mom from Washington State, USA, doesn’t just have four kids. She has four boys. And get this, all the boys are eight years old. They’re quadruplets. We can all learn from her.
Quadmommy is a very patient person, who’s like an attentive director for her boys. She’ll say, “Go there. Stop that. Don’t jump in the water. Put THAT DOWN!” She’s on high alert now. The boys are out of school for the summer.
Imagine occupying four boys for the whole summer? Quadmommy has a plan. She started geocaching with the kids in 2005. She’s a professional at engaging her children. Geocaching is part of the family’s summer routine. The boys take turns holding the GPS. They race to be the first among them to find the cache. They’re outside and away from the TV.
Quadmommy enjoys geocaching to expose the kids to new adventures. They family has geocached in multiple states. She says, “It’s so much fun, we go all sort of places.” They’ve even cached outside of the Grand Canyon.
But Quadmommy isn’t working alone to keep everyone entertained. The kids bring something to the geocaching equation too. They bring LAVA. Half the time that we were geocaching, we were also tossing a stuffed animal over an imaginary lake of lava.
Geocaching wasn’t just an exercise, in well, exercise. It’s also an exercise in imagination and creativity.
But I think this lava thing might be catching on among geocaching kids. Probably just like where you live, there’s a geocache not far from my house. I was walking my dog this morning. I walked past a family geocaching. The kids there were jumping rock to rock, avoiding the “lava.” Then I remembered that I used to jump from couch to couch as a child to avoid the “lava.”
Maybe lava is a great gift idea for kids? Okay, let’s strike that idea. Don’t buy lava for your kids. Imaginary lava is the best way to go on this. Plus, it’s free.
Quadmommy’s quads brought more to geocaching than just lava. They turned toys from caches into “Franken-toys” – combining pieces of one toy with another to create a new toy. We had a local TV crew along for the geocaching adventure, so you too can watch some of the adventure with Quadmommy and the quads.
So, the next time that you’re geocaching with kids, don’t forget your GPS, pen or pencil and some swag- and definitely don’t forget your “lava.”
Tell us, how do you engage your kids while geocaching? What tricks and games can other geocaching parents learn from you?