Spring is in the air! After the long sleep of winter, nature is filled with a flutter of activity and new energy. Search for signs of spring Take a stroll around your neighbourhood or nearby park and search for signs of spring with your child, encouraging them to use all their senses to find spring.
1) Search for signs of spring
Take a stroll around your neighbourhood or nearby park and search for signs of spring with your child, encouraging them to use all their senses to find spring. What can you see? What do you smell? How does spring feel?
You don’t even have to leave home for this one. Simply take whatever food you were planning to eat and lay down a picnic mat or blanket outside in the yard. My kids love to go on at-home picnics.
3)Fruit and Vegetable Garden
A kid who can't get enough of shovels, pails, and dump trucks may turn out to have a natural green thumb. Choose seeds of your child’s favorite fruits and vegetables. Together you can prepare the soil and plant the seeds. Not only will your preschooler develop motor skills, he’ll also learn about environmental science and ecology. He’ll also understand cause and effect once the food grows throughout the summer and fall.
You can teach your kid this classic playground game on the driveway. But if it’s a little too chilly, you can stretch the life of an old yoga mat by turning it into an indoor version. With a ruler and pen, lightly outline a hopscotch board on the mat, then cover the lines with duct tape strips (we use duct tape rolls and sheets purchased from a craft store). Use more tape to add designs to each square. To make an indoor tossing "stone," fill a child's sock halfway with rice and knot the end.
5) Neighborhood Cleanup
This idea gets bonus points for community service. Take a garbage bag and go around your neighborhood picking up trash. You may be surprised at how much you end up with – and your neighborhood will look nicer.
6) Make a Bird Feeder
It does not need to be fancy. Simply spread peanut butter on a pine cone, roll it in bird seeds and hang in your yard. Hopefully birds will be headed your way in no time!
7) Flower Garden Photo Opp
Take your child’s picture in or around colorful, blooming flower gardens. I think some of the best photos are often candid shots, so don’t stress out if the kids don’t want to look at the camera and say Cheese. Just keep shooting pictures and see what happens!
8) Make a Splash on a Rainy Day
Enjoy spring rain showers to the fullest when you put on your rain gear and head outside to play. See who can make the biggest splash in the puddles!
9) Make a mud pie
Spring is wonderfully mud-delicious! Playing in the mud encourages children to used their creativity and problem-solving skills and all the scooping, digging, pouring, lifting, and moving of mud helps children develop their hand dexterity—so important through life. Mud can be made into pies, castles and art—you’ll be surprised what your kids might come up with.
10) Plant seeds together
Plant some easy-to-grow seeds like peas or sunflowers with your child. If you don’t have a yard, try planting seeds in a pot on your patio or even indoors. Planting seeds is an important opportunity to teach kids how food grows and how to care for plants.