Driving Course

Draw a simple path on a large sidewalk area outside. Children take turns pedaling their bike along the path from the start to the end. Encourage them to stay on the path and keep their feet on the pedals. When they have passed their 'driving test' give them a driver's license. You could take pictures of the children with a digital camera and create the license in the computer by including information such as name, birthdate, eye color, etc. Cover the completed licenses with contact paper. This makes a great keepsake for the children and it really does help them drive better in the future!

Assess

pedals bike


Acrobat Job

Set up a balance beam or several long blocks in a row. Pretend to be acrobats and cross the beam in different ways. Try forward, backward, sideways, and try holding and balancing things while walking across. Allow the children to cross creatively.

Assess

walks on a balance beam

walks backwards

walks on tip toes


Car Count

Take each group outside one at a time to a place where they can see cars drive by. If you are by yourself you can take the group to a window that looks toward a street or even into a parking lot. Have the children count how many cars of each color that they see. Have a chart they can make a mark on for each car. After about 5 minutes sit together and count how many of each car they saw. If there is time you can talk with the older children about why they saw more of one color than another. And talk about which color car they would choose.

Assess

counts objects


Directing Traffic

Staple a stop sign cut from stiff cardboard onto a paper towel tube to create a hand-held sign. If you have a police officer uniform, use it outside, letting children take turns directing bike traffic.

Assess

works and plays well with others


Fire Brigade

Set an empty bucket at one end of a large area (preferably outside) and another larger bucket full of water at the other end. Line up the children side by side between the two buckets. Give the first child a paper cup. The first child in line fills up the cup and passes it to the person next to them. They continue passing the cup down the line and the last person pours the water into the smaller bucket, then passes the cup back to the front. Continue until the bucket is full or the timer goes off (10 minutes max). As children get better at passing the cup you can introduce a couple of other cups in the line. It can get pretty confusing to remember which cup to pass right and which to pass left, though, so wait until they are ready for a challenge!

Assess

works and plays well with others


Playground Signs

Cut large signs from cardboard decorated with bold bright markers. Hang these signs on walls or play structures, or attach to dowels that can be driven into the ground next to sidewalks. Include signs such as STOP, YIELD, ONE WAY, PEOPLE CROSSING, etc.

Assess

works and plays well with others


Seatbelt Play

You can purchase plastic buckle clasps at a hobby store or sewing store. Attach a strip of material to the clasps, long enough to go around a child's waste. You can tie these onto your bikes or toy cars and have the children practice buckling their seat belt on before they ride.

Assess

works and plays well with others


Water Painter

Provide buckets of water and paint brushes for children to pretend to be painters outside. They can paint the sides of the building, the sidewalk, or fences. Best of all, the "paint" dries in the sun and doesn't require any cleanup!

Assess

works and plays well with others