Family outings offer learning moments for toddlers

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Summer vacation is here, but that doesn't mean the classroom lessons have to end. If your toddler's pre-school class is on break right now, it's important to remember the summer months are a perfect opportunity for parents to continue teaching children at home. And the great part - it can mean a lot of fun for both you and your little one.

Here are some ideas from The Search Institute, an organization dedicated to making the world a better place for kids.

For children birth to age five, any family adventure can quickly turn into a teaching moment. And you don't have to necessarily plan a big trip, hours away to do so.

Just a simple outing to the park, or one of our fabulous museums in south Mississippi can spark conversation about colors, shapes and sizes.

Or how about a trip to the zoo, the beach, or a nature trail?  There's no better place to learn about animals and the sounds they make.

Keep in mind, your adventures will go a bit smoother if you try and work around your child's daily routine of naps and mealtimes.

Really, anything you do as a family is invaluable, so make plans today for your next outing.  And for more ways to learn how to help your child grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn, just visit Excel by 5.

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