At MOPS last week we had a lovely guest speaker from our local community health centre on the topic of ‘active play’. I came away with many ideas to add to the arsenal, but the following was my favourite.
We walk home from school
when I can be bothered most days. It’s only about 700m from our house to the school but it is uphill all the way there and although the kids are normally full of energy sometimes when you are 2 or 4 years of age, it can feel like a long way. It would take me 10 minutes on my own, but we like to allow ourselves 30 minutes and even then we sometimes only just make it as the bell rings! As much as I’m into promoting exercise, I often end up taking Frog in the pusher because we just need to get there! When I pulled out this activity she was out of the pusher in a flash and happily walked the whole way to school in no time at all!
It has been such a beautiful sunshiney week here in Melbourne and the multitude of flowers springing up in the gardens on our walk to school made this activity quite a hit…..with the girls anyway. Goose, Frog and I got right into it, but after one or two flowers Bear had had enough and promptly sat himself down in the available pusher.
Wrap a piece of duct tape or masking tape around your child’s wrist with the sticky side on the outside.* Then get them to stick on any ‘nature’ that you find on your walk, like leaves, flowers, seed pods, etc.
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* Not too tightly – we don’t want to cut off circulation or anything of course.