We have escaped to the country and have a much longer and prettier walk to school. This made it very easy for us to join in Walk to School Week, the national campaign to help encourage UK children to go to school on foot.
We had a fun treasure hunt too as M&S in partnership with charity Living Streets have created one to make the school run entertaining and educational too for both parent and child.
The game offers an A-Z of fun things to spot from amber lights to zig zags.
We did really well although struggled for a long time to find a red door or a yellow car. We were delighted to finally tick them off our list and declare ourselves Kings and Queens of the school walk.
With some of the clues, we did get a little creative and that was all part of the fun. There’s our pelican crossing!
As a parent, it was good to have a tool to instill those reminders about how to keep safe on roads.
Walking to school:
– Is Healthy – Children need at least 60 minutes (1 hour) of physical activity every day. The journey to and from school is an ideal time for children to be active. Going one way for us takes 30 minutes and it means I am getting healthy exercise too.
– Is Educational – Walking to school helps children build independence, road safety and social skills. In a study by Living Streets, 84 per cent of the children who walk to school regularly meet up with classmates on the way to school. As newcomers to the area, it is great to see the children chatting with friends on the way home from school.
– Saves money – Walking to school instead of driving saves, on average, £400 per year. Saving cash is always a bonus.
– Is better for the environment. One person switching five journeys of fewer than 2 km a week from the car to walking would reduce their carbon footprint by 86 kg a year.
M&S sent my children shoes to review. I was delighted with the quality and look of the shoes. The children found them comfortable to wear. I was pleasantly surprised by just how affordable the shoes were too.