What this activity is good for:
- Getting out into the fresh air has its benefits alone. It's supposed to help the little one sleep better and for mummy, walking is such a nice and gentle but invigorating form of exercise.
- The world outside is so exciting for our little ones. Ever notice how we walk with a destination in mind and rarely get sidetracked. I'm lucky if Lady F even toddles in the right direction. A child will usually stop to see something that we would never have even noticed.
- The outside world is such a rich learning environment. Learn about the colours of the passing cars, flowers, trees and anything else you might see. Explore why there are puddles on the ground, why the tes rustle in the wind or if it's sunny, you could have fun with shadows.
- Explore all of the senses. There's the sound of a car, the louder rumble of a lorry, maybe even a deafening digger. There are flowers to be smelt. Grass and pebbles to be touched. Let's leave taste out of this one!
- The great outdoors. It doesn't matter if you live on the main road in a city or in a country manner, there will be lots to explore. If your little one is a bit older you could even get dressed up and pretend you're going on a safari.
How it worked out for us:
This came about because the great British summer has been just that, British. It has pretty much rained every day recently until the sun made a rare brief appearance. I didn't need to think twice. We were outside before you could say 'take an umbrella just in case'.
We had a great time exploring all of the above ideas. We smelt flowers, felt grass, kicked stones, pointed at cats and dogs, listened to cars, watched the leaves rustle in the wind. The list is endless. The best part was Lady F napped really well afterwards and I renewed my appreciation for this beautiful world that we live in.
So I pass the baton over to you. Go and enjoy the great outdoors.
Photo credit: www.oragontravelcentre.com