What to do with this activity?
Going for a walk in the woods is a great family activity. You can find your nearest woods on the Coillte Outdoors website. Tell your child that Coillte is the Irish word for "the woods".
In Autumn, notice together the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees. All those red, orange and brown leaves that fall to the ground in Autumn are from deciduous trees. Other trees, like conifers, keep their green colour all year round. Click here for a page from Nature's Web that explains the difference.
In Autumn, trees drop their fruit and seeds. Collect shiny conkers from chestnut trees, and pine cones from conifers.
Help your child learn to identify different types of Irish trees, and perhaps to write a list of the ones they have spotted. The Native Woodland Trust has pictures of native Irish trees here; and have a look at the Tree Council of Ireland pages too.
Why am I doing this?
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
How can I do more?
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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