General / 20 Aug 2020 / by Abigail Rawling
10 fabulous ways to make the school run fun
When the world changed so did the way many of us move around.
Millions of families are reconsidering the way they travel in their everyday lives. Whether that’s the journey to work or the school run.
We at Micro Scooters believe the school run can be fun and stress free.
Here are our top 10 tips to make this happen in the new world.
School runs can be a battle in most houses in the morning, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With a scooter, your imagination and a little preparation, your children and even you, could be looking forward to that school run. Your school run chore can turn into school run fun, and the children will be eager to get their shoes on and away to learn.
Adding a scooter to the school run is often enough to give your children that impetus to enjoy their trip to school. Getting children active from an early age is helpful to children for health, concentration and longer term success.
If you want something more to focus on while you are scooting, there are plenty of ideas to make that school run even more exciting for you all too:
1. Spot the road signs
Children love looking out for things as they scoot along, so why not get them to spot specific road signs while you are travelling in to school? Alternatively, get them to see how many different ones they can find along the way. You can even play a quick game of Road Sign Bingo if you have enough time to tick them off as you go along.
2. Play I-Spy
The simplest of games that we all know and love, so why not play it while you are scooting along? Easy, but oh, so very effective for occupying children, and adults, of pretty much any age at all.
3. Have a nature treasure hunt
Whatever the time of year, you can spot nature at its best on the way in to school. Take a little freezer bag with you to collect those treasures on your journey. You can ask your children to collect anything from a leaf, to a twig or even a conker. You can ask them to look for items that feel a specific way, or are a certain colour to mix things up a bit. Vary the choices depending on the time of year, maybe including a Daisy when its the summer, or a special stone in the winter. If you are stuck for ideas, then Pinterest is perfect for inspiration.
4. Find a flower rainbow
Find flowers of each colour of the rainbow on the way into school. If you need a reminder, the colours you are after are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. This works best in the summer, of course, but you can look other colours at different times of year, or expand the search beyond nature. Alternatively, why not just see how many natural items you can spot with the children with different colours? This is a great way to learn colours, and keep occupied at the same time.
5. Scoot along with them
Scooting is fun for the children, but its even more fun if you are doing it as well. Why not get yourself an adult scooter so you can join in, get fit, and increase the fun factor all at the same time?
6. School run alphabet
Scoot along and take it in turns to name things from A to Z as you journey to school - from Apple tree to Zebra; well maybe not the Zebra! Another great fun learning activity you can sneak in before school as well. A little variation on this is to spot numbers of things in sequence, so one car, two flowers, three birds and so on.
7. Car badge bingo
Car badge bingo works well if you scoot alongside cars on the pavement to school, and if you have car mad children with you. See how many different makes of car you can find parked alongside the pavements that you are scooting along. See if you can beat your score the next day. For more choice, add in the cars that you see driving past.
8. Play the mini cheddar car game
The mini cheddar game works best over a longer period of time, so perhaps you can decide to play every morning and afternoon on the way to and from school for a week. For every Mini car you or your child see first, they get 5 points, for a yellow car, they get 10, and for a yellow mini, its 20 points. Add them up after the agreed amount of time and see who won! Now do you get why its called mini cheddar?
9. Teach them road safety and directions
If they are scooting with you, give them the opportunity to lead, with you supervising closely, and deliberately point out to them the key scoot safe messages. Encourage them to learn the route, and explain whether they are turning left or right at junctions. This combines both directional learning, with road safety skills, which will be invaluable if they do the school run on their own when they are older.
10. Vary your route
If the children, and even you, are on scooters, then you can vary the route to school to make it more fun. Why not go the longer way around? You can try a more scenic route, particularly if there is a fabulous, but safe, hill for the children to scoot up and down. Just because it is the shortest, doesn’t make it the best way to go after all now, does it?
We hope this has given you some great ideas for next time you have to drag those children out of bed to get them to school. It’d be even better if some of these ideas meant that there was no dragging required next time!
To find the perfect scooter for a harmonious school run please visit www.micro-scooters.co.uk