Learning doesn’t just happen at home or in the classroom, and your child can learn a lot from the community they are a part of. In this activity, take your child for a walk.
What to do
Going outside is important when its safe to do so. Top tip, why not bring the binoculars along from yesterday’s learning activity?
If you can, find somewhere to sit and observe the community a bit - the people who walk by, the cars and vehicles as they pass.
Whilst there, ask your child to use their senses a bit. What do they see, what do they smell, what do you hear? Touch and taste aren’t relevant here, but perhaps ask about the atmosphere (hot/cold, etc).
Ask your child
- What do you see?
- Where are they going?
- What can you smell?
- Why is he walking so fast?
This activity can be done with children of any age, especially since exercise is such an important part of everyday life. For younger children, perhaps talk to them using your words first.
This activity is great to develop the following skills:
- Gross Motor Skills:
- By going for a walk, you’re practising the gross-motor skills of walking or more. You’re also getting some fresh air and seeing new things.
- Communication and Social Skills:
- By joining your child for the walk, and spending as much time as possible with them, you’re letting them develop their communication skills with you, and building a relationship with them.
- By asking them open-ended questions (‘What do you see?’ ‘Why are they doing that?’), you’re letting them build on their existing vocabulary.
- Encourage the child to create a world for the people and things they see. For example, why not ask them things like ‘what do they have in their shopping bags?’. They might be unusual questions, but they’re an invaluable opportunity for the child to build an understanding of the world, and to bring role play into real life. Imaginative storytelling skills like these are an important part of communication required when the child gets older.