Inform your child that you will be visiting the park. Remind them that we stay healthy by eating a balanced meal and getting exercise. Ask your child if they know how to get to the park. Ask which direction the park is located. Should we go left, right, or straight ahead?
Once at the park, discuss ways that you can stay safe. For instance, look both ways (left and right) before crossing the street. Explain safety guidelines such as stranger danger and what to do if you get lost.
On the way home, discuss community helpers or community buildings that you might see. Then, talk about how community helpers improve our neighborhoods.
MAKE IT EASIER:
Tell your child that you are going to play at the park. Ask is the park close or far away? Should you turn or continue to go straight to get to the park? Talk about ways to stay safe at the park. Point out one community helper.
EXTEND THE LEARNING:
- Discuss safety rules for the play equipment.
- Visit the post office, fire station, police station, or take a ride on a public bus.
- Learn about the different types of equipment that a nurse, veterinarian, lifeguard, janitor, astronaut, farmer, crossing guard, baker, or teacher might use.
- Count the number of trees you pass on the way home.