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Activity: Thinking on your feet

30 minutes to 1 hour
Listening & speaking, creative expression

Parents who are cooped up in the office all week need to get outside almost as much as their children. Sometimes children are reluctant to walk very far. Associating walks with storytelling is one way to combat the question, "Are we almost there?"

When on a walk, start a story and turn it over to your child at a dramatic moment: One day I went to sleep and woke up to discover that I was much taller than my dad. The first thing I did was…

After your child describes what happens next, you pick up the tale again. Take turns with your child adding fanciful turns to the tale. Your child will stretch his legs and his imagination.