Today, I’m happy to participate in the 100 Days of Play Blog Hope hosted by Sun Scholars and Life at the Zoo. Each day, a different blogger is sharing one easy play idea to help you connect with your kids.
Here is an activity that we are doing as part of our Alphabet Summer Fun. Now that the weather is beautiful, it’s a perfect time to take a listening walk.
Listening Walk Directions
1. Read the story, The Listening Walk by Paul Showers (optional).
2. Take a quiet walk through your neighborhood. Listen to all the sounds you hear. Super young kids can tell you what they hear. Little ones can draw pictures of what they hear in a journal and older kids can make a list. Who heard the most sounds?
3. Once at home, you can turn your list into a picture book (optional).
Variation: Take a walk in a quieter or nosier location. Compare your lists.
Listening walks are great at developing sound discrimination which is important for language and reading development.
I hope you can add this one simple activity to your summer fun with kids. Not only will you be enjoying each other’s company outdoors, but you will also be building literacy skills! And, if you are looking for more outdoor literacy ideas, you will want to check out my post on Outdoor Literacy.
100 Days of Play Blog Hop
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New ideas shared each day from 4/1 – 7/20.