For little ones you have to pick a place where the water is shallow and slow moving, and be ready to leap in after them if they take a tumble. It's a good idea to put them in jelly shoes or something similar which will protect their feet from anything sharp on the bottom without filling up with water and making it hard to paddle about. And you have to accept that they will get wet, quite possibly all over. (Don't look too closely at my pics, I break most of these recommendations, tho I am always ready to leap in and save them. So far, no disasters!)
|Thrill seeking under the bridge.
|"I caught something!"
There's one stream we visit which is really shallow but quite fast-moving and is perfect for building dams. This can keep the little 'uns entertained for ages as it's a great challenge to find enough big stones to build a wall right across the stream so that a new pool forms behind. It's also a great place to have races with sticks or leaves.
|Playing "Pooh sticks" when the river's full.
|"Fishing" in the rain.
|Raisins by the river.
But in summer, the banks of a river are the perfect place to have a relaxing family picnic.
So, as long as you've got safety in mind, I reckon a bit of river-time is an essential life experience for young boys.
What else could you get up to?