20 Outdoor Activities to Do Before Your Child Turns 5
We have been enjoying outdoor life since moving to Seattle. Living in such close proximity to lakes, mountains, woodland and parks is amazing and we also spend lots of time in the garden, which is slowly transforming itself into an outdoor pre-school. My 9 -year -old daughter has been working through a list of ’50 things to do before you are 11 3/4'.
A number of challenges like picking wild blackberries had been completed before she was 5. Her younger sisters were keen to join in but have a long way to go before they reach 11 ¾. With this in mind I created my own list for the under 5’s.
I’ve attempted to include things that can be encountered in all weather and that can be achieved even if you don’t have an outdoor space at home.
There are many amazing things that young children can experience outdoors, these are the ones I believe are essential.
20 things to do before you are 5:
stick or make a dinosaur swamp.
7. Grow a flower from a bulb or a seed: Guess the colour of the flower that will grow or grow a tall sunflower and measure it as it grows.
Rachel McClary is a British early education consultant, writer and mother of 3 currently living in the Seattle area. A qualified teacher with a Masters Degree in Psychology of Education, Rachel has worked in Playwork and Education as a teacher and manager, for a research project supporting young children on the autistic spectrum, and as an advisor for Early Education and Special Educational Needs. She has observed some of the best of British early education and is keen to share this practice with early educators in the United States. Rachel is also a singer, and she runs parent-and-toddler music groups and preschool music sessions. She blogs at Right from the Start .Google+