What to do with this activity?
Over the summer months, kids love to picnic. It doesn't have to be complicated, and you don't need to travel far. Even in the city, you can go as far as your local park and it will be just as much fun. Bring a waterproof picnic blanket, or a waterproof coat and something soft to spread over it.
In advance, think and talk with your child about what food you want to bring. It's sensible to pack food that tastes nice cold, and that doesn't need plates, knives or forks. You can make sandwiches or fill bread rolls in advance, or prepare chicken drumsticks, sausage rolls, pieces of pizza. Bring easy to eat fruit and vegetables like carrots, and a healthy sweet treat like oaty flapjacks. It's whatever you and they like to eat really! And don't forget to bring water to drink.
It goes without saying that you "leave no trace". Take home all your litter - wrappings, empty bottles, left over food - and recycle if you can.
Why am I doing this?
Children’s ability to think and understand experiences develops by listening and speaking. As a child’s language becomes more complex so does their ability to understand more complex thoughts and ideas. The family is the child’s first source of language and learning and there are lots of everyday activities that occur in the home, which can help children’s language skills. Your child will get better at using words when they practice words and hear the sounds of words.
How can I do more?
Just keep talking and listening. Normal routines provide lots of opportunities for conversation and for all the family to learn new things. If you are walking down a street, point out things you see and talk about them. Explain new words, show the colours or point out shapes. Ask your child what animals or buildings they like. There’s no end to what you can talk about together.
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