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Discover the Shade Walk


Discover the Shade Walk

[20 Minutes]

Enjoy some fresh air with your child and explore the mysteries of sun and shade. Doing this at different times of day will enhance your child's understanding of the movement of the sun.

You'll need:

• a sunny day

What to do:

  1. Together with your child, go on a walk, looking for shade and shadows. In the morning, look for shade made by buildings and trees. Ask, "Where else can you find shady spots?" and "What do you think makes the shade?"
  2. Later in the day, she can check the location of shady areas made by the same objects you noticed earlier in the day. Let her offer her own explanation.
  3. Suggest that she find a place in the shade. Tell her that when you say "SWITCH", you are both to find new shady places. Repeat several times, changing the way you move to a new shady spot - run, hop, jump, skip.

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • Can we walk around the house staying in the shade?
  • How does it feel when you sit in the shade? How is it different from sitting in the sun?

Useful information:

While you are playing together, your child is developing observational skills, large muscle skills, and language skills.

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