Have you ever gone letterboxing? The kids and I do every now and then and it is very exciting and rewarding.
Letterboxing is a living puzzle and problem solving activity. From Wikidpedia – Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and distribute clues to finding the box in printed catalogs, on one of several websites, or by word of mouth. Individual letterboxes usually contain a notebook and a rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp, either on their personal notebook or on a postcard, and leave an impression of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s “visitors’ book” or “logbook” – as proof of having found the box and letting other letterboxers know who has visited.
This is a great family activity and a way to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise in while you are at it.
We do letterboxing a little bit. There is not great expense involved. We use regular notebooks (each child has their own and I carry a family one) and we each have our own stamps. I made our stamps by simply carving our names out of a white eraser – they work just fine. Remember to carve the name or whatever you are doing as a reverse image. We refer mostly to Letterboxing of North America to locate searches at http://www.letterboxing.org