Walk with Wheels Week

The challenge

Walk with Wheels Week takes place during National Walking Month each May and is open to all Hampshire nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups and childminders. This year is will run from Monday 20 May to Friday 24 May. Settings will receive all the resources they need to promote the event and encourage families to have fun walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling throughout the week. There will be competitions to enter with some fantastic prizes to be won.

This week-long initiative is designed to encourage and establish healthy habits on the journey to your setting. Travelling actively can not only help families achieve their daily level of recommended physical activity but is also shown to increase both physical and mental wellbeing. With time to talk and share quality time as a family, it is a great way to start and finish the day.

Not sure if your setting or child will be able to take part ? Visit our Walk with Wheels Week supporting information page for ideas how the event can be adapted so all children have an opportunity to get involved.

 


The competitions 

Children's competition

Our friend Basil loves to walk, wheel, scoot or cycle everywhere he goes! Can you take him on an active journey during Walk with Wheels Week?

    

All children will receive a Walk with Wheels Week Challenge Passport from their setting which will include a picture of Basil Bird to colour in, decorate and cut out. With help from a parent or carer, Basil can then be attached to a stick to carry, hung on a bag or safely stuck to the bar or stem of a scooter, bike or buggy and taken on an active journey to your setting or elsewhere.

To enter the children's competition, the parent or carer should send us a photo of Basil on his journey and the child's Challenge Passport using the competition entry form below. The photo should not include any identifiable people. The winning entry will receive a family ticket to a Hampshire attraction, plus there are some fantastic runners-up prizes available too. 

All entries must be received by Friday 7 June 2024. Please read our travel planning competition terms before entering.

Children's Walk with Wheels Week competition entry form

      

Early years settings' competition

For the setting's competition, please create a Walk with Wheels poster featuring all the active ways children and staff travel. The poster will be a celebration of everyone’s active travel efforts throughout the week. It could include paintings of footprints, drawings of wheelchairs or pictures of scooters and buggies, staff and children can be as creative as they like! One winning setting will choose from a balance bike, a wellie boot rack, road safety role play equipment or vouchers. There will be prizes for runners-up too!

To enter, once your poster is finished and on display, take a photo or scan and submit using the settings' entry form below. Please do not use any photos which include identifiable people.

All entries must be received by Friday 7 June 2024. Please read our travel planning competition terms before entering.

Settings' Walk with Wheels Week competition entry form

 


Other fun activities and ideas for Walk with Wheels Week

Why not use some of these ideas and resources to learn more about active, safe and sustainable travel during Walk with Wheels Week?

  • Families are being encouraged to travel actively throughout the week and children can take part in our competition by taking Basil bird on an active journey. Settings may like to nominate a day in the week for children to being in their Basil birds. This could be celebrated with a 'Basil parade' using outdoor play equipment or going on a local 'Basil' walk.
  • Families can make their active journeys even more fun by downloading our activity sheets. They could be used by settings while on a local walk too.

Activity sheet 1 - Getting to know your local area

Activity sheet 2 - I spy with my little eye 1

Activity sheet 3 - I spy with my little eye 2

  • Create a 'Walk of Fame' in you outdoor area. Use chalk or mud to create footprints and wheel tracks to represent all the children and adults who walk, wheel, scoot or cycle during Walk with Wheels Week.
  • Make or download flash cards to help identify different types of sustainable travel and features in our local area which can help us travel sustainably such as crossing points, bus stops, signs, etc.
  • Use tuff tray activities, role play and small world play with a road safety theme. Mrs Mactivity and Twinkl have resources which you may like to use but please note, an account is required.
  • If you have the space, set up a track or route to practice using scooters and balance bikes. Some of the information in our scooting guidelines may be helpful.

 

Read the online air quality story A Wild Walk to School at your setting or at home.

 

 


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