Walk and talk

3-5 years
Child Development
Supporting activity with talk and sign (e.g. observing and discussing, speculating); counting
Physical Activity

Building physical activity into every day

How to Play
  1. Take a walk to carry out an everyday task and use this time for talking. Point out to the children what you notice on your walk. For example, “Oh, look over there, a cement mixer with the pouring chutes operating…what do you think they’re building?” Encourage the children to tell you about what they see.
Change it up / Alternatives / Additional Options
  • Choose some pages from 1001 Things to Spot in the Town by Anna Milbourne and together find and count the objects in the different scenes. Follow this with a walk in your own neighbourhood. Before starting out, and along the way, decide on some of the things that you might see and make a game out of finding them.
  • Read I Took a Walk by Henry Cole, then go on a walk to a park, garden, or field. Make a list (oral or written) of plans, insects, and small creatures noticed by looking closely and carefully. Afterwards, give each child a folded sheet of paper. On the outside they’re to draw the park, garden, or field they just visited. On the inside have the children draw some of the things they might have missed if they hadn’t been such keen observers.

Excerpt from the HOP Early Learning Practitioners Resource (Decoda Literacy Solutions)