Counting my neighborhood

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Learning Value:

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to demonstrate an understanding of shapes, spatial sense, and patterns.

Materials Needed:

  • Notebook
  • Writing utensil

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. While out on a neighborhood walk, take a writing utensil and notebook. Ask your child to count features of neighborhood structures.
  2. Choose one feature per walk or identify a few to pay attention to. Examples include the number or shape of windows, garages in front or back, color of front doors, how many stories high, mailbox type, and quantity.
  3. Ask your child to make a chart of what they discovered. Is it the same, more, less, or different than what they expected? What was the most interesting thing they saw?
  4. For older children, help them make a chart of their findings. For example, maybe they make a pie chart of door colors or a bar graph of height/stories of buildings.
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