Walking and talking—or even looking out the window—is a great way to engage children’s curiosity and begin conversations. Watch Elmo’s friend and her daddy go on a nature walk together, and then go on a walk of your own (it doesn’t even have to be in nature)!
You might look for kids on transportation: how many different types can you see? (bus, bike, truck, car). Or, talk about the different types of buildings that you see. (“That looks like an old building.” “That’s a skyscraper! Would you like to live in a building that tall?”)
Later, kids can draw pictures of what they observed. Help them label them, or dictate stories about them.