Going on a barefoot walk
One of our favourite stories is We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. It is a classic for a reason; a simple yet brilliant storyline, pitched just right for young children. It is also a great introduction to rhyme and rhythm through poetry. So, when we went to visit Conkers recently, we naturally had to join in the barefoot walk, and repeat lines from the story as we experienced some of the different terrain. This was our favourite part of the day trip and would be easy to re-create at home, albeit on a smaller scale.
The water was cold and Little was hesitant, but Big joined me for a splashy walk through- we pretended it was a river, and the lumps and bumps underfoot could be crocodiles! Occasionally some weed brushed our feet… or was it a piranha?!
Sand was more familiar (and a lot softer)- the kids talked about the different textures they were experiencing- this was great for Little’s expanding vocabulary: Cold, hard, soft, smooth, rough, slippery, bumpy, slimy, crunchy, sticky…
Walking on the wooden logs was surprisingly easy as they were smooth- Little enjoyed jumping from one log to another as well- practicing his gross motor skills as we went.
We had a great time and it was lovely to see a wide age range of children really enjoying the barefoot walk, right from littlies to teenagers and beyond!
This would be a great activity to re-create at home or at the local park or beach- grass, sand, pebbles and mud would all be great natural materials to use. Alternatively, using a tuff tray, you could make a messy mixture of shaving foam and other materials to extend the activity further.
Have you ever taken a story on a walk? Where did you get to?
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