Counting my neighborhood
Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K
This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to demonstrate an understanding of shapes, spatial sense, and patterns.
- Writing utensil
Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.
- While out on a neighborhood walk, take a writing utensil and notebook. Ask your child to count features of neighborhood structures.
- Choose one feature per walk or identify a few to pay attention to. Examples include the number or shape of windows, garages in front or back, color of front doors, how many stories high, mailbox type, and quantity.
- Ask your child to make a chart of what they discovered. Is it the same, more, less, or different than what they expected? What was the most interesting thing they saw?
- For older children, help them make a chart of their findings. For example, maybe they make a pie chart of door colors or a bar graph of height/stories of buildings.