There are plenty of educational games and activities to enjoy with your preschool-aged child at home, but sometimes it’s good to get out in the world and learn something new. Field trips can break up your routine and stimulate both of your minds, while spending some special time together with your little one. Stuck for inspiration? Try one of these six fun outings!
Fresh air, fuzzy animals, and loud tractors – what’s not for kids to love at the farm? Many farms offer tours, petting areas, and agricultural demonstrations to teach children about life on a working farm. You may need to contact the farm in advance to arrange a visit, although some are open to the public on a year-round basis. Visiting the farm allows your child to learn more about where your food comes from, from vegetable patches to dairy cows. Pick up some fresh produce while you’re there and cook something together at home with it.
Dance or Musical Performance
Musical performances provide the opportunity for children to use a different part of their brains, build listening skills, and nurture an appreciation of art. Pop by the local sing-a-long session at your library with your young toddler, or dress up for a matinee performance at the symphony or ballet if your child is more mature.If you’re interested in learning more about how music factors into child development, you might want to take a look at childcare courses like these!
When the weather’s nice, there’s nothing like taking a day trip to the closest park for a good, long, ramble. Choose a walking trail that follows a river or pond to show your kids the unique animals that live in these habitats. Identify birds, plants, and fish as you take your walk and draw pictures of them when you get back home. Collect leaves for art projects, or bring along a few picture books for some quiet time in the great outdoors.
Although you probably already take your child to the grocery store on an all-too-regular basis, you can transform the experience into a special outing. Call ahead and see if you can get a behind the scenes tour, or turn your shopping list into a scavenger hunt.
Although not all pre-schoolers are ready for art museums just yet, they can all appreciate the hands-on learning experience at a children’s museum. These may offer science exhibits, messy play, and replicas of real world situations such as the grocery store or subway. There are children’s museums in most major cities, and many offer annual memberships if you want to make your outing a regular one.
Instill the basics of fire safety at an early age by taking your wee ones to the local fire station. Call ahead to make sure it’s a good time. Some stations are open to the public throughout the year, while others have special open days for children. Learn about fire safety while climbing the fire engine and meeting firefighters!
Try scheduling an outing at least once a month to give your busy, active toddler a change of scene. You’ll both enjoy it!
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What is your child’s favorite place to go on a field trip?