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Day 102: Fun Walks for Mental & Physical Fitness

Here is another learning activity adapted from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for the school or homeschool¬† environment.

~ Fun Walks for Mental & Physical Fitness ~

I’m sure you’ve heard it on the news – obesity among children is an epidemic. Kids, like adults, just don’t get enough exercise.

Sitting in a classroom or in front of the TV or computer simply doesn’t lend itself to physical fitness. Kids, in general, mimic what the adults in their lives are doing. What kind of a model do you provide for your little kids in terms of getting exercise?

One of the easiest ways to instill a regular exercise routine is to take a daily walk with your child. Now, I know that kids (as well as adults) might think going for a walk every day is boring. But you can spice up your walks in ways that will not only lead to physical fitness but mental fitness too!

Early Bird Walk

Get up before the first bird chorus begins at dawn. The first light of day signals birds to begin their chirping and singing. It is a wondrous thing to hear. Wake up just before the sun begins to rise.

Get dressed and head outside for a walk in the dark. Notice how quiet it is.¬† Then, as the first light of day dawns, listen to the incredible bird symphony that breaks the early morning silence. It may just inspire you to take an “Early Bird Walk” every day!

For some astounding information on birds and their choruses at dawn visit BBC: Nature and Science Programs. While this site is geared towards adults, if you review it you’ll be well-prepared to answer any of your child’s questions on your Early Bird Walk. This is a completely optional idea. The important thing is to go for the walk and relish the incredible sounds of nature with your child.

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