Things to do Outside with Your Kids
Whether it’s going on a walk, playing in your yard, or exploring a new park, getting your kids outside is a great way to positively impact their development! Many activities address multiple areas of development including gross motor, fine motor, sensory, communication, and cognitive skills!
- Draw in the dirt or mud with a stick! Talk about what you’re drawing and/or see if your child can copy your simple lines and shapes. Try this in different positions such as squatting or kneeling.
- Have a scavenger hunt! Draw or write a list of things to find on a paper bag before you go out, then use the bag to collect all of the treasures.
- See how many different colors you can find in nature! Point to them and talk about them!
- Talk about and point to what you see, hear, and feel: birds, wind, insects, clouds, grass, leaves, trees, etc!
- Pretend to be animals, cars, etc! Fly like a bird (flap arms while running), walk like a bear, “zoom” (run) fast like a car, waddle like a duck, hop like a frog, etc.
- Puddle jumping! Jump over the puddle, into the puddle, stand on 1 foot in the puddle, stomp in the puddle.
- Draw with sidewalk chalk! Make “tracks” to walk on or draw shapes and jump or step from 1 to the next.
- “Paint” with water! Dip a paintbrush or rag in a bucket of water, draw on the sidewalk, mailbox, etc and then watch it disappear!
- Count how many sticks or rocks you can collect!
- Blow bubbles! Have kids chase them, stomp on them, and even let the older kids practice blowing them!
- Water play! Use buckets or shovels to scoop water and dump it out or transport it to different places. Older kids can play catch with water balloons.
- Find new surfaces to walk (or crawl) on such as hills, grass, outdoor stairs!
The Coronavirus Pandemic has provided many new and unexpected challenges for everyone. Whether you are a young mother, a parent working from home, or grandparent used to helping with the kids, we’ve all had to adapt to new modes of coping in a very short span of time. Being in a lockdown situation creates new challenges, especially for those caring for young children, children with developmental delays, and those with special needs. Here are a few tips for staying motivated and supportive in the age of COVID-19.
The news about COVID-19 can be frightening, a major pandemic that has spread to almost every country around the world. The good news is that kids are affected differently than adults. Under 1% of cases have been recorded in children 9 years-old and under, and many of these have mild or no symptoms. There may be no fever, no cough, and no other sign of infection.
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