Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. Getting outside and experiencing nature helps our children relate to the meaning of Spring and the changing seasons.
This is a good time for birdwatching even with young children. Birds can be seen searching for food, building nests, and later on you may see some baby birds if you are fortunate enough to see into a nest.
While out walking with your children, try to find signs of Spring such as early-blooming Spring flowers, flower buds on the trees, new growth on evergreens and shrubs, and active bugs and ants. Take along a magnifying glass to get a better view of emerging leaves or fresh green grass.
On a pleasant Spring day, why not have a picnic at the local park? Make it a special lunch with fruit skewers and homemade cookies after the sandwich. Bring a ball to toss or kick about.
Sometimes the warmer temperatures of March and April are accompanied by strong breezes. This is a good time to get out and fly a kite. There are many sites online with instructions for making your own kite that you and your children can look at together.
Once we can dig down a couple of inches in the soil, it is a good time to plant sweet peas or spinach. If the ground is too frozen for that, there are many seeds that can be planted indoors, even in just a cup, and your children can help keep these watered and looked after until ready to plant outside. Have a “field trip” to the garden centre and check out what seeds you are interested in growing and sharing.
After the harsh months of winter, Spring offers many opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors together. Make sure to get out and enjoy it!
Suzanne Tuckett is a mother of two grown sons who is looking forward to the day when she will, hopefully, become a grandmother. She lives and works in Calgary.