Walking with Children #healthy #learning

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It has been said over and over that walking is good for our bodies and our health. Even short walks can make a difference in a persons daily health. Unfortunately very little has been discussed on how we can make walking entertaining, educational and even have some fun while we walk. Teaching one thing or another to our kids along the way

Taking little ones for walks can be rewarding in so many ways. Most of the time children go with the flow and while some kids may just walk beside you others start to jump, skip, run or do what ever they can come up with along the way.

If the path that you will be walking is a path that you know, prepare yourself up front, with things that you can talk to you child while walking, do some research on things in the path.

Things that you may find while walking:
  • An old building: talk about it, the materials it is constructed of, it’s colors, the history behind it, is it a vacant building/property, how many floors does it have, etc.
  • Show your child the difference between a building and a house.
  • If you encounter a garden or maybe just some flowers; talk about the different types of flowers, their colors, how are we to take care of garden.
  • The sidewalk, grass or dirt path you are walking can be another topic of conversation: the color, texture, why does it exist? is it man made?
  • I spy is always a fun and interesting game to play with children and you can make it as simple or as diverse as you wish. Have them give you clues as to what they see and keep it going to see how far they can take it.
  • The same skipping and or jumping can be turned into an educational game, have them count how many consecutive skips they can do, then ask if they can add 2 to the total and see if they can do it.

Another Walking Path

Children are very curious by nature, it does not take much to get them going on a subject. You can be walking, talking, playing, learning and having fun together all while doing something that will benefit both yours and your child's health.

Take advantage of every opportunity to teach you children new things, they are little sponges that absorb everything, specially when it comes form mom or dad as they are the people that they look up to the most.

As parents we need to remember that we are the very first teachers of our children, and we set the example as to what is good and what is not.

Don’t expect your child to do things just because you say so, if they see you doing it they are more likely to do it than if they just hear you say it.

And always remember to have fun with your little ones, time is precious, ones it’s gone we don’t get it back. Do you go for walks with your children? If so. what are things you talk or do as you walk?

Author: Jay
"Friend, companion, wife, and modern mom to 2 beautiful baby girls. Loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors, likes to cook and bake, enjoys doing crafty things and spending time with her family.

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# RE: Walking with Children #healthy #learningmishael 2014-05-12 07:01
Agree with you. Just start with a 10 min walk. Then you can go up time and speed walk is a good way to spend time with kids it even turns out to be a family competition. Also Healthy.
Wendi Shifflette
# RE: Walking with Children #healthy #learningWendi Shifflette 2014-07-12 22:17
I agree completely! We love walks and they ask so many questions it is like having a lesson.

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