Going on adventures with your preschooler

I can still remember the look of awe on my son’s face after a hike in the park. His pockets were full of bottle caps, stones and a few sticks. Children learn about their world by exploring their surroundings and they are naturally curious. The world is full of possibilities, so let’s go on an adventure.

dad and daughter walking in tressFor a young child, an adventure does not mean conquering the highest peak. It can be anything – everyday things and new things. An adventure captures your child’s attention and ideally involves all their senses. The experience increases your child’s awareness of how the world works and builds upon what they know. Children are hard-wired to be explorers.

Model curiosity and demonstrate a sense of wonder. Your child will want to go on an adventure with you. Value every adventure.

11 Ideas for your next adventure

  • Check out bugs (ants, spiders, etc.).
  • Look for planes, clouds and birds.
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset.
  • Go sledding or roll down a small hill.
  • Pick berries or visit a pumpkin patch.
  • Go camping (even in the backyard) and make s’mores.
  • Go on a hike and fill a bucket with nature treasures (rocks, leaves, flowers, pinecones, etc.)
  • Fly a kite or play with bubbles.
  • Build a fort inside or outside.
  • Sail a leaf down a creek and explore what else is in the creek.
  • Pick a wildflower bouquet.

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As the Early Childhood Learning Coordinator, Sherry is focused on engaging young children and their families in play-based early learning experiences. The Learn & Play Bus and its service are at the heart of her work. Sherry has a background in early childhood education.