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Active physical play outdoors is the best thing for your child. Here are some suggested activities and games to play outdoors.
Single leg skills
Who can hop most times on one leg? Who can skip the longest? Who can jump back and forwards over a stick the most? Someone needs to count and take scores.
Be a naturalist
Scavenger hunts are great in woods or at the beach. Everyone gets a bag and must find as many different types of leaves, flowers, or shells as possible. When you get home, look up books or the internet to find out about what you have found. Stick them in a scrapbook or put them in a nature box (a little box or tin).
Hide something in a safe place outdoors. You can use anything – sweets, small money or get the children to think up their own prizes and put them in envelopes to be hidden. The prize could be “Allowed to stay up half an hour longer for one night”. Shout “HOT” when they’re close to the treasure or “COLD” when they’re getting further away.
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.
Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too.
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