To do: Equip your child with a broom to sweep your outdoor spaces
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Broom, whisk broom and pan, dust bucket
What better outside activity then sweeping! Your child gets to practice big gross motor movements and see the results of their labor when they have a big pile of debris.
To get your child set up for sweeping outdoors, consider prepping these materials:
– Child size broom
– Dustpan and whisk broom
– Bucket for the debris, dirt, and dust. If it’s organic debris, teach your child about composting or distribute in an appropriate outdoor area
– A sticker or other “point of interest” to place on the floor for your child to sweep towards
The final item on the list might need a bit more explanation. When a child first begins to sweep, it can be difficult to maintain focus. The see a large expanse of floor and might get distracted just sweeping “around” rather than towards one collection point.
To help, use a small brightly colored sticker or place an object like the dustpan on the floor. Tell your child, “We’re going to sweep towards the sticker. All of our debris will be collected there! When we’re finished sweeping, we will use the whisk broom and the dustpan to sweep up the pile.”
During nice weather, head outdoors and invite your child to get involved by sweeping out your garage, the sidewalks or the driveway. They’ll feel like a contributing member of the family as well as flex some big muscles with a fun outdoor activity.
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