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How to help your child with visits and trips

Getting out and experiencing the world around them offers children not only the enjoyment of a trip, but helps them apply all of the things they have been learning at home and in school. They can look for words they know on adverts, look for sounds they know on signs, read the bus numbers, and importantly develop a rich vocabulary.

Our Core Knowledge books are packed full of recommendations of places to visit. Each piece of artwork in the series comes with details about where the art can be seen. Galleries and museums often offer workshops specifically for children, offering them a chance to engage with the artefacts or learn a new skill. Local libraries are a fantastic resource for children of all ages. Your local library may offer extra workshops or special events, particularly in half term holidays.

Of course, museums and galleries are fantastic places to visit, and they often have specific exhibitions or activities aimed at small children. Some museums and galleries even offer free admission. But for children, a trip to the local park can be just as enjoyable. You child can draw a map of how to get to the park, write a shopping list and make their own sandwiches, send a friend an invitation, look at the clock to see when they need to leave and even check the weather report for that day, all before leaving. On the way, children can talk about what they can see, signs they can read, how to stay safe when crossing the road. In the park, children can enjoy their picnic, talking about what they can see, what plants and trees are growing, what season it is and how we can tell.

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Your child could take photos of their trip and create a diary when they get home. The rich experience that children can have by simply visiting the park is a simple illustration of the importance of visits and trips. Although it doesn't look like work, your child's mind will be busily working all the time.