Spring is a time of rejuvenation and awakening. The trees and flowers are in bloom, color begins to return to the world around us. Being able to sit in the yard or on the porch with an ice-cold sweet tea in hand, basking in the perfect weather of Spring, is great mood enhancer. When it comes to enjoying sunshine and perfect weather with your children there are several ways you can make getting outside and even learning things a fun part of springtime. Try using these 10 easy ways to celebrate spring with your child.
10 Ways to Celebrate Spring with Your Child
Plant a Garden
Children are fascinated by the process of putting seeds in soil and watching them become plants. Whether you plant a full vegetable garden, a few herb pots or flowers in a flowerbed, involve your children. Starting a garden with your child can be a fun way to learn about food and plants.
Take a nature walk and have a scavenger hunt with your kids. Some things to look for include specific flowers or types of leaves, insects, and birds. You can also use some of these items to make crafts with when you get home.
Your child is probably used to hearing birds sing in the morning, but how often do they have a chance to stop and watch the birds? Do they know the difference between a cardinal and a robin? Teaching your child about different kinds of birds is easy when they can see them for themselves and a great way to celebrate spring with your child.
There’s no better way to feel like a child yourself than to get out and play with your child. Head over to the playground and get active with them, create new games or teach them old favorites. You are never to old the slide or swings!
Visit a Farm
Springtime is when there are lots of baby animals at the farm. A visit to your local farm helps to support your community and small businesses, while giving your child the ability to learn about different animals while seeing and even petting the little critters.
If there’s a creek near your home or at the local park, slip on some flip-flops and take your kids wading. They can look for crawdads and minnows while you all soak up sunshine and fresh air. Always keep your eyes on children near water, no matter how shallow. This is a great time to teach them to skip rocks!
If wading just isn’t challenging enough for you, you may want to introduce your kids to the joys of fishing. They will learn about patience and the joy of reeling in a fish. Depending on the fishing location, you can even enjoy a home-cooked meal using your catch. In our area, people come from all over to fish for dinner.
Teaching your kids to enjoy the outdoors is easy when it involves sleeping in a tent and cooking on a campfire. Making smores can be a lot of fun and children love the ooey gooey chocolatey concoctions.
Tree-house or Fort
Build a fort or tree-house with your children. You’ll make memories, teach them things and have a lasting reminder of your time together. By building together, your child will really appreciate the value and effort that it takes to put something together. Forts and tree-houses also encourage imaginative play.
Give Back to the Community
Take an afternoon to help those less fortunate by volunteering. There are so many things that you can volunteer to do as a family that will make a huge difference. You can make and deliver sandwiches to the homeless, start a book collection, visit a nursing home, the possibilities are endless.
Every moment you spend with your child in any season is beneficial to them and to you. You get the chance to teach them about the wonders of nature, how to be good people and how to appreciate the things they have. As a parent you work hard and you provide for your child, but it is important to take the time to also be with your child, even if it’s just a few hours each weekend that you spend enjoying them. They grow up so fast, creating memories that will last a lifetime will stay with you forever.
What are some ways you celebrate spring with your child?