Walking on the line is a traditional Montessori exercise for grace of movement. During the summer or in any nice weather, you could add extra interest to the activity by taking it outdoors.
Why not have a line hunt for straight lines?! Let your child walk on each line he or she finds (or along the edge of the line if the line itself will make balancing too difficult for your child’s level).
When your child is finished hunting for and walking on each line, you could show your child how to create straight lines with chalk and a yardstick, a jump rope, string, or another object your child chooses for creating more lines to walk on.
Your child could also create shapes other than a straight line. An older child could even create a perfect ellipse outdoors with chalk by using the directions on How to Make an Ellipse on the Floor from Montessori Messy (also helpful for classroom- and homeschool teachers who want to make an ellipse for group activities indoors).
Extensions that can be used outdoors for walking on the line:
Activity of the Week – Walking on the Line (my post featuring extensions from Nurturing the Tender Years and To the Lesson!)
Walking on the Line from Montessori Primary Guide
Montessori Walking on the Line Large Motor Movement from My Confessions of a Montessori Mom Blog
Walking on the Line from Montessori Mom
Walking the Line as an Aim Toward Reading and Writing from North American Montessori Center
Be creative. Maybe you could even use a permanent marker to draw a line in the bottom of a dry wading pool. Then let your child walk on the line in the water!
Have fun helping your child develop coordination and grace of movement outdoors!
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