Great Summer Outings

by Sally Marshall

Great Summer Outings

Preschoolers are curious, observant, and better able to keep up than toddlers. In other words, they’re at the perfect age for summer fun, like:

Strolling through a flea market
There’s so much that kids find interesting, from rotary phones to sparkly jewelry.
* Go on a scavenger hunt. Give your child a sheet of paper with pictures of things she can check off as she sees them.
* Compare and contrast. Point out an item, then challenge her to find something bigger (or smaller, or greener, or shinier).

Hiking on a trail
Keep it short (about a half hour or so is fine), and bring water. Just don’t count on getting very far!
* Count your steps. How many will it take to get to the next tree?
* Check out the bugs. Pack a little magnifying glass for rock and tree-bark investigations.

You don’t need to go beyond your own backyard for some dirt-cheap fun.
* Give her small tasks. Preschoolers love simple duties, like digging holes, putting soil into pots, and watering plants.
* Make weeding a game. See how many weeds you and your child can pull in three minutes. Then sit back and admire your work!