- One (1) Printed Map of your neighborhood or one (1) printed map of a local child-friendly trail (Maps can be printed from Mapquest.com or Google maps for free)
- One (1) Pen
- One (1) way to access a video on the Internet.
Step 1: Watch the following YouTube video and act out the song with the child:
Move Left! Directions Songs for Kids
by Dream English Kids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgyer0IauyQ
Step 2: It’s time to go on a walk. Explain to the child that following directions are important in preventing people from getting lost.
Step 3: Use the map of your neighborhood to draw a line of where you’re going to walk and what turns you’re going to make.
Step 4: Using the map, go on a walk with the child. Follow the path outlined in Step 3. Each time you turn, have the child say if you are going right or left.
Step 5: At each turn, ask the child to use a pen to mark off where they are on the map.
Step 6: When you end up back at your house, show the map to the child so they can see where they went.
Take it to the next level: If your child masters the first 6 steps, continue on through step 10!
Step 7: Print out a map from your home to a home of a friend or relative that lives close by (or other location).
Step 8: Draw the route you’re going to take on the map.
Step 9: Give the map to the child before you get into the car and see if they can follow along throughout your drive.
Step 10: Show them where you are starting from and where you are ending. While in the car, ask you child what direction you are going (right, left, etc).
- Introduction to Measurements
- Introduction to Maps
Language and Literacy
- Following Multiple-Step Directions
- Building Vocabulary (Right vs. Left)
- Cause and Effect
- Memory and Knowledge
- Geographical Investigation
- Fine Motor: Using a Pen or Marker to Draw