3 Trips Every Preschooler Should Take
Taking your little one to explore new places is a great way for them to learn. They get to activate their senses while absorbing the new things around them. It's also a great opportunity for them to ask questions and learn new vocabulary.
One of my favorite places to visit is our local children's museum. I love children's museums because they often have curated activities and interactive exhibits that are perfect for young learners. For children who have never attended school, museums are also a great place for them to engage in group activities with peers. Parents Magazine has a list of The 15 Best Children's Museums in the U.S. If you live near one of these places, or you plan to travel soon, visit one of these.
The second trip every preschooler should take is to an orchid, farm, zoo or garden. Introducing young children to nature early will help them to develop a love and respect for animals and other natural resources. These places often have demonstrations and opportunities for little ones to interact with animals and fresh fruit/vegetables. If you can't make it out, the San Diego Zoo and the Smithsonian National Zoo have some cool animal cams that you view with your little one at home. Use an observation journal so your child can draw or write notes about what they saw. Our Picture and Story Journal is the perfect place for your little one to take notes after any trip or outing.
One of the most accessible trips you can take is to the library. Let your little one pick out their own books, participate in story time and get their very own library card. Try to incorporate visits to the library into your weekly routine. If you don't live near a library, check your local community board to see if their is a mobile library or community book share in your neighborhood.
There are so many fun and educational places you can explore with your little one. When planning your trips, keep these tips in mind:
- Avoid peek hours and schedule trips around nap time.
- Talk to your little one about their destination before you leave so they know what to expect.
- Use a map or checklist to plan out your visit and don't try to see everything in one day.
I hope this helps, have fun learning.