Springtime is an ideal time to enjoy the great outdoors as a family. Here are four springtime activities that the whole family can enjoy.
1) Fly kites
Flying a kite is a great way to pass the time, and is also an ideal opportunity for you and your child to get some physical activity. Choose a basic kite design to start with, to help make it easier for your child to control. Ideal conditions are a day with steady wind that isn’t too strong – look to see if nearby flags are flying straight out without snapping or rippling. Make sure you pick a large open space without trees or power lines nearby.
2) Go on a nature walk
Spring is ideal for children who love nature and animals. Whether it’s a forest hike or a walk around the neighborhood, you and your child can point out the signs of spring. Look for things like budding trees, flowers, birds, and other animals coming out of winter hibernation. To increase your child’s enjoyment and learning, you can turn it into a spring-related scavenger hunt where they look for items based on size, color, or texture.
3) Visit a farmer’s market
If you have a farmer’s market in your area, it can be a great opportunity to help teach your child where your food comes from. Many vendors will be more than happy to answer your child’s questions about how and when their fruits and vegetables grow. It’s also an ideal way to empower your child to get more involved in their community.
4) Garden with your child
Spring is an ideal time to teach your child about nature, whether it’s a few potted plants inside the house, or a full vegetable garden outdoors. You can turn garden time into an educational experience by talking about soil and how it feeds plants, or you can ask your child to look for worms in the soil as they dig. Let them push seeds into the soil, or help you water plants. You already know to keep fertilizers, pesticides, and harmful gardening tools well away from your child. Also, monitor your child and teach them to never put any seed, plant, or berry in their mouth without asking you first, especially in a garden environment where bright colors can look tempting and delicious.