With lockdown in place and the return of home schooling for many I wondered while on my dog walk whether a game I (and I’m sure a lot of you) played as a child on long car journeys could be adapted for lockdown exercise and education combined for all ages……..I’m calling it Lockdown Bingo.
So in principle a piece of paper/card with 10 things to see/find on your walk adapted for your local area. Depending on the age of the child, it can be pictures or words of objects or a combination. On return home, depending on age of participant, you could pick one thing and find out 5 facts about it, or write a 150 word story round it or if edible find a recipe to use it and cook the recipe, or any other activities you can think of.
For example a walk round the Arboretum and Ninewells Community Garden Area.
Things to spot: initial of child’s name, on sign or more obscure, take a photo. I’m lucky ‘C’ is an easy one some maybe more difficult so adaption maybe required!! May I suggest pebble signs!!
A dog could be an object and if child older specific colour or breed of dog, a greyhound perhaps. Home learning can be about the breeds, how they differ, why do they have different coats etc.
A leaf from a tree and again depending on age of child a specific tree or trees. Home learning can be about how some trees lose their leaves and others hold theirs. Download this Winter twig identification sheet, from The Woodland Trust if you want to try to identify trees without their leaves!
Another object could be the seed of a tree, ( helicopter seeds were always my favourite and as for conkers!!!!) again home learning: how do they differ, which seed is which tree. An acorn being a fairies hat/cup could be the start of a great story!!!!
As spring is on its way with the arrival of snowdrops and daffodils, see who can spot the first in flower? Homework: why do flowers come out at different times. Get your child to find a flower that will flower on their birthday.
Another suggestion would be birds at Ninewells garden, we have feeding station so you can see a fair selection. For younger children a Robin is easy to spot, older children could try other types and if really lucky our woodpecker. If you want to Join in the Big Garden Birdwatch or find Bird ID sheets the RSPB has lots of information on their website.
Obviously these are all just suggestions and can be adapted for area you walk and interests of child. If you live in a more urban area, you could spot car colours or makes, or numbers on shop or house doors. It does require a little homework by adults too but it will hopefully be fun and you all will learn something.
Enjoy Lockdown Bingo
Photos by author Christina (‘letters’, flowers and Robin) and facilitator Helena (dogs)