Discovery Walk

July 21, 2014

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The sun is shining – it’s a beautiful summer day.  Turn off the television!   Get out there and enjoy a Discovery Walk with your children.  You can walk to a nearby park, or just around your neighbourhood.

Walking is a fantastic activity for you and your children.   It’s Free.  All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes.  You can go pretty much wherever you want to.   Remember that your children’s legs are shorter than yours.  Slow your pace and use your walk as a time for conversation, adventure and exploration.

Watch for birds
– how many you can spot?  Talk about them – are they big or little?  Which are the noisiest?  Which are the prettiest?  If you are really lucky, you might even spot a bird’s nest!

Keep an eye out for different animals and insects.  You are likely to see cats, dogs, beetles, bees, butterflies, ladybugs and dragonflies.   What sounds do they make?   How many legs or wings do they have?

Make a list of all the natural things you can find such as rocks, leaves, cat tails and pine cones.

Stop in safe spot and have everyone close their eyes.  What can you hear?  Can you smell anything?  This activity can heighten a child’s awareness of his/ her surroundings and develop the non-visual senses.

Walking together will help keep you and your family healthy in mind as well as body.  It helps to boost everyone’s mood and it’s a great way to spend quality time together!