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Activities in Your Neighbourhood: 3 Fun Ways to Explore Outdoors

April 17, 2021

Children can learn a lot with activities in your neighbourhood. Neighbourhoods are rich with learning opportunities; helping your children to learn about community and the role they play in making their community a safe and fun place. Saying hi to your neighbour, waving to the garbage truck or going to a local park all help to shape your child’s understanding of their world. The next time you go out for a walk why not try a new way to see the world? Check out these 3 fun ways to explore your neighbourhood using paper towel/toilet paper rolls!

Before You Explore

Child decorates toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls used to make binoculars and telescopes.

Save your paper towel or toilet paper rolls for an easy craft! Decorate the paper rolls using markers, crayons, stickers (or anything you can find!) and transform the paper roll into binoculars or a telescope! Attach two rolls together for binoculars or use a single one to make a telescope.

3 Fun Activities in Your Neighbourhood

Bring your binoculars and telescope with you on your next outdoor adventure and try these 3 fun activities in your neighbourhood!

Children use paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls as telescopes and binoculars to explore the neighbourhood.

1. Community I-Spy

Play a game of I-Spy as you walk around your neighbourhood! Ask your child what they can see as they look through their binoculars or telescope! Encourage them to focus on a particular item: “Do you see the red STOP sign or the neighbour’s green van? Is there a mailbox nearby? Who’s that walking their dog across the street?” Identifying people, animals and objects in the neighbourhood helps children connect to the world around them.

2. Bird Watching

Bird watching is a great way to engage the sense of hearing. When you hear a bird, try finding where it is with your binoculars/telescope! Can you see the colours of the bird or what kind of bird it is? If not, that’s ok! You can try making up a name and a story for the bird: “That’s Joey. They love to fly over the park and eat worms. And that bird is Mo – that’s Joey’s best friend– they love to sing together.” This allows children to use their imagination and develop story-telling skills while connecting with their community!

3. Neighbourhood Nature Watch

Spring is a great time to get outside and see nature waking up. Using your binoculars/telescope take a look around and find buds on a tree or poking through the ground. Look up high to the sky to see the clouds of all different shapes and sizes! Or look really low to the ground between the blades of grass to watch the ants go by!

After You Explore

Did your child enjoy exploring the neighbourhood? They may want to continue exploring and learning about their community even when they can’t be outside! Check out these stories to expand on the activities above.

The More We Get Together by Celeste Cortright is a story about the ways we can positively impact our community! Read (and sing!) along here:

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward shows us how a bird makes its nest! Read along here:

Little Cloud by Eric Carle is a book about clouds and the shapes they can make! Did you see any of these clouds with your binoculars? Read along to this story here:

Let’s see your binoculars! Share a picture on our BridgeWay Families Facebook page.

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