We seem to rush through our days and weeks. Even worse, we pull our children along with us. Every now and then I think it is important to slow down with them and look around. There are a lot of ways to do this:
*Establish extra time in your schedule so you have some flexibility.
*Provide time daily for long periods of play.
*Go for walks together outside and follow their lead.
*Snuggle up together with a stack of books.
I know I have found that when I take time to slow down and listen to their ideas and follow their lead for a bit I am in a better mood and they are more willing to follow me.
Today a group of bloggers on Instagram are doing a round up of activities about EYES. (If you aren't already, follow the hashtag #KBIGRoundUp for fun ideas every Monday) If you have popped over from IG, WELCOME! And if you started here and want to find the rest of the EYES activity ideas, start HERE.
EYE SPY HUNT
I am sharing an EYE SPY Hunt to go with the EYE theme and our Learning Through Adventure series. This activity also happens to be super simple to set up and a fun way to slow down with your kids and look around.
This is best for 2, 3, and 4 year olds.
An I-SPY style game with some prompts (and a silly binocular addition - just for fun)
To Prepare Binoculars (if desired):
You will need: Cardstock, Sharpie, Scissors, Hole Punch, Masking Tape, and one pair of binoculars per child.
To Create: 1. Draw two eyes on the cardstock with your sharpie. 2. Cut them out with scissors 3. Punch holes in the middle 4. Tape the eyes to the front of your binoculars.
Print out the EYE SPY HUNT provided below.
Invite your kids to go for a walk with you. Show them the binoculars and explain that the binoculars will help them look extra closely at what is around us. Then show them the EYE SPY HUNT printable and tell them you are going to work together to find all of the things on the list.
Anywhere. We did ours on a walk around the neighborhood. You could also do this downtown, somewhere you are waiting, or even inside on a rainy day. The EYE SPY HUNT is set up to give general prompts that should be fairly easily located in any neighborhood or area.
Anytime you have 15-30 minutes
It is fun.
It encourages you to slow down and look around.
It helps children work on recognizing colors, shapes, letters and numbers.
This post is part of the Learning Through Adventure series.
For 30+ More Ideas for getting outside and into the community to learn with your kids, visit HERE.
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