A discovery walk
You will need:
• Walking shoes
• A container or bag to put your collected items in
• Water to drink if you are going a distance
• Go on a walk with your child and:
• Enjoy finding interesting things along the way and collect small objects that you can take home with you e.g. pinecones, leaves or sticks
• Play a guessing game e.g. find and leaf and ask, ‘which tree did this leaf come from?’
You can also:
• Make a mobile with your collected treasures
• Take photos along the way
• Draw a picture or write a story about what you did
• Go on a Bear Hunt (see children’s book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Helen Oxenbury).
• Go on a treasure hunt.
• Look at a map and plan the route you will walk.
• Invite your child to draw a map of where you are going.
• Make a list of what you might want to look for (e.g. we might see some animals or we might smell some flowers).
Did you know:
Children learn much through the 5 senses – sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Because the natural world is filled with beautiful sights, sounds and textures it is the perfect resource to develop their senses.
What your child is learning:
• An awareness and understanding of our natural environment
• To develop working theories about the living world
• To respect and care for the natural world
• To develop responsibility for maintaining the well-being of the living environment