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Night Walking

As darkness falls, outside takes on a completely new meaning for children and adults alike.

Clear, warm nights such as those experienced through our recent summer are perfect for night walking but you can still rug up warm for a wintery night time adventure and have just as much fun.

This evening I piggy backed Tienne around our property following her usual bed time routine of bath, brushing teeth and stories. A special way to end a day spent with just us, our immediate family. Frank (Dad) and Lottie Dog joined us…taking in the sounds, smells and sights. Tienne picked out the sounds of crickets, guinea fowl roosting, some distant music travelling easily through the still night…she pointed out several stars and sang a song quietly into my ear…and then made up a gorgeous story about the stars. While it was reasonably dark we couldn’t quite pick out the moon (or Luna as Tienne calls her).

It was a reasonably quick walk but a lovely way to end Tienne’s day. A slow walk up the stairs and a comment that, ‘my legs are tired, I think they are ready for bed’ and she was asleep in 10 minutes!

Night walks can be a wonderful adventure for a child when accompanied by an adult/s they feel safe with. If children are concerned with the dark this may be a nice way to help settle their fears, particularly if you walk the same route during the day so the path/s are familiar. Obviously it’s easier with a full moon, although walking with a torch can be fun! Looking at the stars and moon on a clear night still seems magical to me as an adult so imagine how vast and wonderful they must look to a child!

Poems for a starry, night lit walk…

HERE IS THE EMU

Here is the emu straight and tall
Nodding his head above us all
Here is the long snake on the ground
Wriggling over the stones he found
Here are the birds that fly so high
Spreading their wings across the sky
Here is the hedgehog prickly and small
Rolling himself into a ball
Here is the spider scuttling around
Treading so lightly on the ground
Here are the children fast asleep
And here at night the owls do peep

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
How could he see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so?

In the dark blue sky you keep,
Often through my curtains peep
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveler in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Night walking ideas (most suited for age 3 and up)

  • Break up your walk with some relaxed star gazing. Throw a blanket on a patch of clear ground, lie back and just watch. You might see a shooting star!
  • Look at a book showing commonly found constellations before your walk. Take flashlights out and point to the constellations with your torch if you think you have found one.
  • Sit quietly for a while and just immerse yourselves in the sounds around. Perhaps take a recording of the night sounds. Listen to the recording later and compare it to sounds generally heard during the day.
  • Take a ‘midnight snack’ as a special night walk treat (midnight for a young child could be 7.30pm which in our house is a late night!!)
  • Make up stories about the stars & moon. Look for pictures in them…play dot to dot…
  • Follow up your night walk with a craft activity the following day – making a starry night collage or a torch covered with a cardboard cut out moon or stars (tiny pin pricks) attached over the light source with an elastic band… which when turned on and off in a dark room will look a little like the real thing!






As darkness falls, outside takes on a completely new meaning for children and adults alike.

Clear, warm nights such as we have been experiencing lately are perfect for night walking adventures.

This evening I piggy backed Tienne around our property following her usual bed time routine of bath, brushing teeth and stories. A special way to end a day spent with just us, our immediate family. Frank (Dad) and Lottie Dog joined us…taking in the sounds, smells and sights. Tienne picked out the sounds of crickets, guinea fowl roosting, some distant music travelling easily through the still night…she pointed out several stars and sang a song quietly into my ear…and then made up a gorgeous story about the stars. While it was reasonably dark we couldn’t quite pick out the moon (or Luna as Tienne calls her).

It was a reasonably quick walk but a lovely way to end Tienne’s day. A slow walk up the stairs and a comment that, ‘my legs are tired, I think they are ready for bed’ and she was asleep in 10 minutes!

Night walks can be a wonderful adventure for a child when accompanied by an adult/s they feel safe with. If children are concerned with the dark this may be a nice way to help settle their fears, particularly if you walk the same route during the day so the path/s are familiar. Obviously it’s easier with a full moon, although walking with a torch can be fun! Looking at the stars and moon on a clear night still seems magical to me as an adult so imagine how vast and wonderful they must look to a child!

Poems for a starry, night lit walk…

HERE IS THE OSTRICH

Here is the ostrich straight and tall
Nodding his head above us all
Here is the long snake on the ground
Wriggling over the stones he found
Here are the birds that fly so high
Spreading their wings across the sky
Here is the hedgehog prickly and small
Rolling himself into a ball
Here is the spider scuttling around
Treading so lightly on the ground
Here are the children fast asleep
And here at night the owls do peep

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

by Jane Taylor

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
How could he see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so?

In the dark blue sky you keep,
Often through my curtains peep
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveler in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Night walking ideas (most suited for age 3 and up)

v Break up your walk with some relaxed star gazing. Throw a blanket on a patch of clear ground, lie back and just watch. You might see a shooting star!

v Look at a book showing commonly found constellations before your walk. Take flashlights out and point to the constellations with your torch if you think you have found one.

v Sit quietly for a while and just immerse yourselves in the sounds around. Perhaps take a recording of the night sounds. Listen to the recording later and compare it to sounds generally heard during the day.

v Take a ‘midnight snack’ as a special night walk treat (midnight for a young child could be 7.30pm which in our house is a late night!!)

v Make up stories about the stars & moon. Look for pictures in them…play dot to dot…

v Follow up your night walk with a craft activity the following day – making a starry night collage or a torch covered with a cardboard cut out moon or stars (tiny pin pricks) attached over the light source with an elastic band… which when turned on and off in a dark room will look a little like the real thing!