As much as it still does not feel like spring, it’s finally here! After spending most of the winter inside, children can’t wait to get outdoors and play outside. So, why not come up with a few spring activities the whole family can enjoy. Here are a few ideas for getting everyone to enjoy the warm weather.
Go On Nature Walks
If your child still rides in a stroller, go for a lot of nice long walks. Or, invest in a jogging stroller, so you can jog while pushing. If your child is able to ride a bike or scooter, have them ride while you jog alongside. Look for various flowers, insects, and animals that can be found during the spring season. Take a few photos or make a list of what you see. When you get home, talk about what you have seen. See if your child has any questions and even do a little research on what they want to know. This will teach children about nature and the world around them!
There are many people who love to work in the garden when the spring season arrives. Kids love using their hands to create things. So why not let your children work in the garden with you? It can be as simple as one plant in a single pot or a full designated garden onsite. Either way, kids will enjoy seeing the “fruits” of their labor. Make healthy foods and nutrition fun for kids to learn about.
Have a Picnic
Having an outdoor picnic is a great way to spend time as a family and enjoy the spring weather. Pack a few sandwiches, juices, and treats into a picnic basket or lunch bag. Grab one or two blankets and head to the yard or local park. As you and your little ones eat, you can just enjoy the company of one another. Talk about your day, tell jokes, take pictures, color, or read a book together.
Build a Birdfeeder
Your feathered friends are on their way back from their winter trip south. Make a simple bird feeder with your kids and enjoy watching the birds come to it throughout the spring and summer. Using a plastic cup, poke a small hole on two opposite sides and run heavy twine through them (for hanging). Cover the outside of the cup with Elmer’s Glue and then let your child gently sprinkle birdseed over it. Once that’s dry, fill the cup with birdseed and hang it on a branch near a window. Encourage your kids to draw pictures of the birds that visit.
What are your favorite spring activities?