15th May kicks off National Walk to School Week in 2017, and there’s no better reason to hop off the bus and pound the pavements to school. So: what is National Walk to School Week? We’re here to help you find out, give you a couple of tips on taking part, and explain how to have a lot of fun along the way.
What is National Walk to School Week?
National Walk to School Week is – you guessed it – one week of the year dedicated to encouraging parents and kids to walk to school. It’s headed up by the walking charity Living Streets, and has support from Public Health England's Change4Life campaign. Families and schools across the country take part every year, travelling to school on foot, rather than by car or public transport, for a whole week.
Why walk to school?
For your kids, the walk to school is an extra opportunity to have fun (and exercise) outdoors. As a parent, you get to spend a little more quality time with them. If you usually drive your kids to school, you might be able to guess another benefit: less congestion on the roads. Yep, it’s a great way to avoid that morning school run traffic jam! Fewer cars on the road also means less air pollution, so this walk to school campaign is good for the planet too.
How to make the most of National Walk to School Week 2017
Here are a few ideas to help you and your kids have an extra-fun Walk to School Week:
- Create a road safety quiz. An important part of walking to school is learning about road safety and the green cross code; you can even make this a fun part of the journey. Do you know the difference between zebra, pelican and puffin crossings? Put your knowledge to the test and see how many you can spot on your walk.
- Turn it into a nature walk. Your kids can learn about the different seasons by collecting leaves, helicopter seeds, conkers, and flowers on your walk; and this will help to keep the kids busy after school too. They could try leaf printing and stencilling, press flowers, or make a nature scrapbook to learn about different trees and their leaves.
- Play games. If your kids are still easily drawn into games of pretend, then this is the perfect way to make the walk to school more of an adventure! Play-act that you’re arctic explorers, medieval knights on a quest, geese flying home in formation – whatever helps to make the usual route more of a magical journey.
We hope you have an amazing National Walk to School Week. Who knows, you and your kids might like it too much to stop there! If you’d like to find out more about the walk to school campaign, visit the official site here.