Kids Outdoor Adventure Activities using Walkie Talkies
Why does it seem to be a struggle lately for my kids to want to go and play outside? I’m not sure if it’s just my child or if it’s others but I really miss the days were my child actually wanted to go out to play.
My child is 12 and I wanted to create some Kids Outdoor Adventure Activities using Walkie Talkies. You know, something that actually got them excited to go outside. The first thing I always do to encourage outdoor activity is to turn off the tv or limit online access. Those two things work every single time.
There’s one activity that got the kids very interested in some outdoor adventure! We created a bit of adventure with a set of walkie talkies and a list of police radio codes! Anyone remember playing cops and robbers when they were little?!
Walkie Talkies are fun all by themselves but when you add the police radio 10-codes or the police phonetic lettering these kids feel official! Here’s the best part… they are learning. They are learning to memorize codes and spelling!
This idea came to mind because my husband is a police officer and I was a dispatcher a very long time ago. We hear 10 codes in the house all the time. It’s pretty normal for me to call my husband by his last name when in the house too. In fact, most of his fellow officers I know, I only know by their last names so it’s totally normal to refer to them in this way. I wonder if military wives do this too?
I’ve created a 10 codes printable list for kids who use walkie talkies. This way kids can create their own sense of adventure where ever they are! This is a shortened version of the real police codes. I really didn’t want kids to see all of the real ones. I thought these codes were best.
These kids can get a little creative and make up some of their own 10 codes too!
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10 Codes Radio List
10-4 means okay got it
10- 6 means I’m busy. (example: You might use this one if you are in the bathroom and don’t necessarily want to say you are in the bathroom over the radio)
10-7 means turning off the radio
10-9 means to repeat your last transmission because I didn’t hear you
10-10 means negative or no
10-17 means en route to (example: I am 10-17 to the park or I am 10-17 to the backyard)
10-23 means arrived at (example: I am 10-23 the park or I am 10-23 the backyard)
10-25 Meet me at (example: 10-23 at the park or 10-23 in the backyard)
10-26 means estimated time of arrival (example: my 10-26 is 10 minutes)
10-30 use caution (example: 10-30 when walking in the kitchen because mom is mad)
10-33 need assistance (example: 10-33 in the backyard)
10-41 starting adventure (police say this when they are starting their tour of duty for the day – you could say this when you are ready to start your adventure too)
10-42 ending adventure (police say this when they are ending their tour of duty for the day – you could say this when you are ending your adventure too)
10-43 means in pursuit – as in running or chasing someone
10-59 means to escort – you might use this one if you are walking a friend home
Click this link to access the printable PDF list of kid friendly Police Radio 10-codes for your outdoor adventure game!
What a fun way to create adventure while learning and memorizing codes right?!! When I was talking to the kids about these codes they said they feel so official. They were so excited to use them!
You might create a game that will test them on their knowledge of these 10 codes before you start any adventure.
Parents Safety Tips Discussion with Kids
I think it’s important to set certain rules and boundaries when playing outside. I tend to be the overprotective parent so I have to include some tips. These rules will depend on the age of the children and best to use your own judgement. This is just to be used as inspiration to have a safety talk with your child before you start any adventure.
- Set a boundary area for activities. When kids have walkie talkies in hand they may not think of how far they are going. If you are playing at the park and the park area is your boundary be sure to let them know. In our neighborhood, I often tell my child not to go past a certain place or a certain street. You want them to know the boundary area.
- Discuss what to do if you walkie talkie is not working or not transmitting. This could be because of a simple channel change but having this talk will teach them how to work it and what to do if that happens.
- Don’t leave your walkie talkie anywhere. This is a good way to explain the value of it and how much it costs to replace it.
- It might be a good idea to set a timeframe for your outdoor adventure along with a goal.
- Discuss what to do if you hear someone else you don’t know on the walkie talkie.
- And of course… always be aware of your surroundings.
Those are just a few tips to get the safety conversation started.
Outdoor Activity Game Ideas to do with Walkie Talkies
Create a hidden treasure hunt/map and work as teams or solo to find the treasures.
Chalk Art Challenge game idea – you try explaining to the other person what to draw in chalk without looking and only using the walkie talkie. When your art is done look at each other’s work.
Play detective! Stage a scene for another team and have that team work for figure out the clues you’ve left behind.
Play Good Guys, Bad Guys – meaning the good guys work on a team to catch the bad guys where ever they are.
Play Capture the Flag with a group of kids – using equal teams in place each team will hide the flag without the other team seeing the hiding place. Each team is to create their own territory space and a jail on their side. The goal is to get the opposing teams flag without getting caught. If you get caught while on the other teams territory, you go to jail. You can only be freed by a team member that touches you! If you get the other teams flag without getting caught, your team wins!
These games are excellent family bonding games or fun with friends! These special games tend to work on getting my child to go outside and play without a struggle.
Go outside and enjoy what nature has to offer!
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