Exercise your little one’s imagination by going on a storytelling walk.
When on a walk with your little one, begin to tell a story and then ask your little one to continue the story 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 little one describes what happens next, you take your turn again adding more detail to the story. Take turns with your child adding fanciful turns to the story. Your child will stretch their legs and their imagination.
Use the surrounding area that you are in to include in your story. Look around you and ask your little one what they can see and then ask them to incorporate this into the story. Look at nature, the weather, and any animals that you can see, then try to include them in your story – make it as imaginative as you can.
Going on a storytelling walk combines the pleasures of reading wonderful children’s books aloud with all the joys and benefits of walking together outdoors. Believed as a way to inspire parents, teachers, and other adults to take young children outdoors to enjoy reading stories together, storytelling walks helps build children’s interest in reading while encouraging healthy outdoor activity for both children and their grown-ups.
Encourage your little one to expand their imaginations and create interesting stories to tell whilst on the walk. Talk to them about what is happening in the story, who is in their story and why these things are happening in the story. Support this by using your imagination to create an even more exciting story.