Would you like to train your child’s powers of observation, increase his vocabulary and range of ideas, and train him in truthful habits all while playing a game? The sight seeing game provides just such an opportunity.
How to Play the Sight Seeing Game
(Directions are adapted from The Original Homeschooling Series Volume 1, pages 45-48 by Charlotte M. Mason.)
To play the game, encourage your children to be explorers and find out all they can about a nearby interesting setting. When they return, have them tell you all they saw using as much detail and description as possible. You may encourage them to include additional details by asking a few questions after they complete their initial report. Keep your questions to a minimum. If they did not obtain enough detail, they may return to investigate a second time.
A sight-seeing conversation at a lake might sound like this:
Mother: “Children, why don’t you pretend to be explorers and see how much you can find out about that section of the shoreline?”
When they return, the children report what they saw.
Sarah: “Mother! I saw some rocks covered by the water. There were also rocks sticking up out of the water. There were lots of tiny black bugs on the dry rocks. I hit the rocks with a stick and it made the bugs dance.”
Tom: “I saw some grass and mud. The mud is red, like clay.”
Mother: “Tom, can you describe the grass?”
Tom: “I didn’t look closely at the grass.”
Mother: “Perhaps you should inspect the grass more closely?”
Mother sends Tom back to inspect the grass and then report back.
Tom: “The grass is prickly. It might be Bermuda grass, like the kind we have at home.”
Here is a video example of how we played the sight seeing game at a local state park lake.