There are all kinds of things we love to do outside – walking, jumping, running around. But how often do we walk with our ears?
And sometimes we don’t have time for those things, because we have to get to the shops, or are running to get out of the rain!
There is so much going on to notice and learn from, and it takes no more time than what we were doing anyway.
Now we are in Phase 1 of lockdown in Scotland, there is more scope for being with friends and family outdoors – as long as we all follow the advice carefully
There is lots of fun and learning we can share even when 2 metres apart. Today’s idea develops listening and attention, language and self-control.
We offered it a few weeks ago for playing during video chats – still good for this, but can also be played outdoors from a distance. Or just at home with your child can be fun too.
Make an action – can your child copy you? Gradually make it more complicated. Label what you are doing with words.
If that goes well, then “Simon says” is a great way to take it further
Some people love sorting the recycling – for others it is a boring chore
Everyone can have fun if your child joins in and helps you.
Not only does this give you some time together, there is a lot they can learn from it. About how the world works, what happens to our rubbish, why recycling is important
And also about sorting and sequencing, counting, talking and listening
You never know, they may be able to take it over and do it for you soon!