Often times families need time to be quiet together. With the pandemic, children are not going and doing as much as typical. We are spending more time in front of screens and less time in nature, not just because of the pandemic, but because of changes in our world in general.
So, go for a walk! This is an opportunity for you and your child(ren) to get moving AND a chance to chat. Each time you go out for a walk, make it a little longer to build up the endurance. Also, make it fun for them. Here are some ways to do that!
- search for items that begin with a specific letter/sound
- search for letters
- search for numbers
- count the number of birds/animals/cars etc
- create a graph to fill in on your walk (types of vehicles, items in nature, types of flowers, colors of houses etc)
- create a pattern to walk in– step, step, hop or hop, hop, hop, touch your toes or so many other variations
- have races
- set a timer and walk without talking until the timer goes off
- walk to a set location (playground, pond, the mailbox on the corner etc)
- walk, stop and listen
- jump over all the cracks
- walk backwards, sideways, or spinning
The goal is to spend time together. I encourage you as the adult to do less talking and you might be surprised to see that conversations that can occur in the quiet.