Spring is not over yet and there is so much to go around! The beautiful temperatures, sometimes unpredictable weather and nature waking up all around makes for a beautiful season… and an especially great one for spending time with the kids! So here are some ideas to make sure this springtime is a memorable one!
Who doesn’t love a good picnic? Grab a few staples and head out to get the kids out of the house and enjoying nature. The wildlife will be blooming and the temperatures should be just right, so take advantage! Bring some fruit and have a discussion about where the children think the fruit came from. Let them be inspired by their surroundings. And most importantly, just have fun! Eating with your family builds connection and stability that can’t be replaced.
A lot of cities have botanical gardens, and springtime is a beautiful time to visit! If you don’t have any gardens near you, keep your eye out for neighborhoods where the residents put a special effort into their lawns, and take the kids out for a stroll. It can be great inspiration for a discussion about how we can take care and nurture the world around us, even if it’s in small amounts.
8. Nature Walks
Take your time and do these right! It is absolutely about the journey and not the destination. Try to allow for a good amount of time, longer than you would think so that worrying about getting somewhere at a specific point doesn’t prevent any exploration. Make sure to bring some sort of bag with you to contain any special gems that your child may find and want to keep along the way.
7. Flower Crafts
Flowers are out and about, and there are many great crafts you can do with them! Dry them, press them in a book, even EAT them! Here’s a guide to over 79 edible flowers found in North America. Make sure to wash them thoroughly and read the guide closely, some of the flowers you can eat the whole thing, some you only eat the petals.
Also… don’t go picking too many! Talking to your children about preserving our planet is always important.
6. Animal Watching
It’s spring! So you know what that means. Animals are out and about, and it’s the perfect time to sit back and take in the life around you! Take the kids to a park, to the beach, on a hike, and observe the world that is brimming with life! Observation is key to a young scientist’s development and taking the time to stop and make those observations teaches their brains to be perceptive and vigilant of the world around them.
5. Cozy Up with a Movie
It still gets cold in the spring, so take a moment to grab a blanket and cozy up, before it gets too hot to do so! Grab something fun and entertaining for the whole family, and settle in for a night of cuddles and laughs.
4. Get Active!
Grab a ball or a frisbee, and go have some fun outside! Spring is one of the few times that the weather is not too cold or too hot to run around and have fun, so now is the time. Another great activity to incorporate is to let your children make their own game! Setting goals and creating rules are great exercises to build initiative, confidence, and problem solving for kids!
3. Rainy Day Fun
The rain in spring can be magical, and it’s not nearly as cold as winter rain… so take advantage! Put on those wellies and slickers and get out in the rain. Water is always a great source of education and fun, so let every drip, drop, ripple and splash be a reminder of the natural wonder and life source the water cycle provides!
This may seem like an all year round sort of thing, and it definitely is, but people are drawn to volunteering around holidays like Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas. It is really important to volunteer during the off season, and it is a great lesson in which to involve children. Here’s a fantastic site where you can enter your zip code and interests to see volunteer opportunities.
1. Plant Something
With nature unfolding all around, now is a great time to talk to and teach your children about how plants grow. A great place to start is an herb garden! These can be very small and kept inside the home. Choose your favorite edible herbs (basil, dill, thyme, whatever you fancy!) and pick up a packet of seeds, a pot, and some soil from your local convenience store, Home Depot, Loews, or any garden store. It is a great educational process for children to observe the herbs grow. Then enjoy them in your cooking!