What to do with the child on the road? (part 4)
If your child is trying to learn where is right and where is left, help him by devoting five minutes to playing Directions. You can do this only on quiet sections of the road and, of course, not in the middle of the highway. Let him control the movement of your car, giving commands “right” and “left”. If he, raising his left hand, tells you to turn left, you do so. Having accepted the command, you can also raise your left hand and say: “Yes, the car is turning left.” If he orders to turn right, and there is no right turn in this place, then drive up to the sidewalk, stop the car and say: “The command is wrong, the car cannot move in this direction.” After doing a few exercises, check whether the child, mentally repeating this situation, can give the right command.
When your child is a little older and already knows where the right is and where the left is, you can use the machine to help him develop a sense of distance. To do this, you drive a quarter of a kilometer, half a kilometer, a kilometer, and then name the distance – 250m, 500m and 1000m, that is, the one you drove.
Who will see first.
Let the children come up with their own travel rules. For example, if you see a cafe, you must say “coffee.” If you cross the railway, raise both legs, and if you see a dog, bark. The point is that each time you must first correctly execute the rule. The one who scores ten points first wins the game. In case everyone reacts simultaneously, everyone gets a point.
During rush hours, you and your child may find yourself in a stream of fast moving cars and you need to carefully monitor the road. This is one of the games that is designed for that atypical situation when a child wants to talk with you, but you cannot. Going on the road, take a felt-tip pen, and preferably two, of different colors, and draw faces on the fingers of your child – smiling, displeased and surprised with an open mouth – three on one hand and two on the other.
Let your child give a name to each “doll” and introduce them to each other. Ask him if he can tell them a story, sing a song and somehow entertain them while you drive along a busy section of the road.