The days are warmer now that spring is here. There are so many activities you can do with your children to celebrate the outdoors and the changes that occur in nature during this time.
Whether it’s taking a trip to the park, making arts and crafts at home or simply looking out of the window to observe how the trees are changing, make sure that you embrace the arrival of spring with your little ones.
Children love to be outside and it’s such a healthy way to spend their days and create memories together. There are lots of different ways you can get outdoors including:
- Taking a short walk around the streets near your home
- Packing a picnic and going to the park
- Playing at a local playground
- Going on a bike ride with your child
Things to see
Once you’re outdoors, try to think of the world through your child’s eyes – there are so many things they’ll love to see and do. You could show them aspects of nature that are most obvious in the spring months. These might include:
- Blossom on trees
- Green leaves reappearing again
- Insects and bugs on flowers and plants
- Birds feeding
Talk about the insects, bugs and birds that you see. You might want to discuss the idea of hibernation with your child and to teach them about how many animals re-emerge in spring when they can find food and water more easily again after the colder months.
Arts and crafts in spring
Children love arts and crafts throughout the year – and in springtime, you might even be able to do some of these in your backyard or at the park. You can always combine arts and crafts with a trip outdoors to collect materials such as flower petals, leaves and feathers.
These are some of our favourite spring arts and crafts activities:
- Creating your own bird’s nest using weaving techniques or wool
- Growing seeds on the window sill (you can use old yoghurt tubs and decorate them by hand)
- Using broccoli to print blossom trees on bits of paper
- Collect flower petals, stones, leaves and twigs and create a picture from them