It’s the summer holidays – unplug the PlayStation, grab the raincoats and jump into the wellies!
Multi-sensory learning is important for the child with dyslexia – and where is more multi-sensory than the woods, the beach or the local park?
Your child with dyslexia may learn more by doing and investigating rather than simply watching and hearing. This time away from the classroom is a great opportunity to share the great outdoors with your dyslexic child and participate in activities with friends, family and community.
“The changing nature of the outdoors makes it an incredibly stimulating and multi-sensory place to play. This is important as babies and young children learn and gain experience through all their senses “ – NCT
5 Outdoor Activities to keep your child with dyslexia learning
Here are 5 activities you can do with your dyslexic child over the next few weeks to encourage his curiosity, persistence, investigation and discovery. Take a picnic and make an afternoon adventure of it – and you never know, your child may even discover the joy of unplugging that PlayStation!
First, head into town and buy a few postcards of some of the interesting sights and places around you. Next, go out and visit whatever images you see on the postcards! Talk with your child about the buildings you see, the plants or trees you discover, the people you meet. When you get home, write the postcard together, stick a stamp on and post it to family or friends. Nan will love it!
Take your children on a wild feather hunt and then make a beautiful dreamcatcher. It’s surprising how many feathers you can find along a country road, a pathway through the forest or along the seashore. Collect leaves, flowers and branches too and when you get home, make a nature dreamcatcher together. There are instructions on-line if, like me. you are not particularly creative!
Unlock your child’s inner Jackson Pollock! Use an old sheet to make art on the lawn. Pin an old sheet down on the grass – you could use tent pegs or long nails pushed into the lawn so that just the heads are showing. Mix up some powder paint in paper dishes. Grab brushes, sponges or print with leaves or stones found in the garden and release that budding Van Gogh!
Garden treasure hunt
Grab your camera and sneak out into your back garden (without the children)! Take some quick snaps of whatever happens to catch your eye and hide a small prize under the plant pot, in the bush or wherever (it only needs to be a wrapped sweet, nothing expensive). Go back inside and print your photos off if you have a printer. If you haven’t, don’t worry, just let your children look at the photos on your phone. Then let them loose on their own back garden treasure hunt!
I love this idea – wrap a piece of masking tape around your child’s wrist with the sticky side facing out. Get outside and collect leaves, grass, feathers and flowers and stick them on your masking tape “bracelet”. Boys enjoy this too! Talk to your child about their finds. Which tree did that leaf fall from? What is the name of that pretty flower? Which bird could that feather have come from? Google the answers when you get home!