Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Go Outside: Counting Walk


How many mailboxes can you count on this walk?
1,2,3,4,5!

Walks are always a great way to get outside and exercise with the kids. But, you don't have to just go on a walk. When I counted down the 10 Ways to Make a Walk More Fun, the first item listed was to go on a counting walk. This has since become one of our favorite ways to get outside and go walking. We typically walk around our neighborhood counting whatever we can find. You can also take a walk through the park or around downtown. Counting walks are fun anywhere! This is a fun game for kids who are just learning to how to count all the way up through the preschool years. My 5-year-old requests counting walks often.



How many trees are in front of that house? How many red cars do you see on this street? How many flagpoles? How many mushrooms are in the corner of this lawn? You get the picture. Pick an item that you see and have the kids start counting.


We counted the rocks in our front garden and all the bird feeders we saw. I would ask a question and the kids would start counting.


And then we turned a corner and started counting some more! We counted the cracks along the curb and even the holes in the storm drains. (They always have to stop and count these!) Our counting walks always result in good fun, a few giggles, and lots of exercise. 


The next time you go for a walk with your kids, start counting! It's a fun way for kids to learn their numbers and great practice for kids that can already count.

Make it a family adventure!
Cost: free
Planning time: none
Ages: 5 and under (Older kids can be involved by asking the questions.)
Time needed: 15-30 minutes
Keep this idea in your back pocket because it can be done anytime and anywhere. Extend the family time after dinner by going for a walk. Or, tame the kids' extra energy with a counting walk in the afternoon.  

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2 comments:

  1. YES! I used to go on these with my three year old (who is now four and will be five soon, gosh where does the time go?)

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  2. We love counting on walks, too! There's so many great ways to make walks special.

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