We finally made it through the long, long winter. The first day of spring is finally here! Even though the weather is still pretty cool, I feel like celebrating, so here are some fun spring ideas to help you welcome spring with your kids.
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Take A Nature Walk
If you live where the weather is nice today, go outside! Take a walk and see how many signs of spring you can see. Look for spring flowers pushing their way out of the ground. Can you see any new arrivals from the spring bird migrations?
For more nature walk ideas, I HIGHLY recommend getting the new 100+ Easy and Fun Creative Nature Walks ebook from Cindy West. This is a fabulous book to use with all ages. Do you or your kids get bored on your nature walks thinking there is nothing new to see or do? This book changes all that.
100+ Easy and Fun Creative Nature Walks contains focused ideas and projects for your nature walks. You will see nature like never before. For instance, on your next walk look at the bark of one or two trees. I mean really look at it. What does it look like, feel like, and smell like? Are there insects on it? Lichens or moss growing on it? Take a magnifying glass along.
Or maybe you might want to find two kinds of any one thing, like two flowers or leaves or rocks. Compare and contrast them. Make a venn diagram.
Check out other spring natures studies from Cindy and Naturexplorers.You will never be bored with nature again!
If the weather is not so nice where you live, create a little spring indoors.
Our kids love the chalk pastel ebooks from Tricia at Hodgepodge. We have the Simple Start, Fall, Christmas, Olympics and Spring Chalk Pastels ebooks. We break them out every couple weeks.
The kids had fun this past week with the new Spring Pastels book. They choose to work on some shamrocks. My daughter usually stays pretty close to the tutorial, while my son makes it his own. Not sure where the red chair came from.
Sit down with your kids. Grab some paper, chalk pastels and the Spring Pastels ebook and enjoy creating spring flowers and scenes. Chalks are beautiful and forgiving. They create soft lines and images. The ebooks give simple directions that kids can follow easily and quickly make beautiful works of art.
Spring makes me think of flowers, planting gardens, rainstorms and baby animals. It is a great time to study nature! Here are a few spring science resources to get you started:
- Spring Science Ideas from TheHappyHousewife.com
- Flower Dissection
- Easy Bird Feeders
- Nature Observation Notebook Printable
- Using Clouds To Predict The Weather
- Building A Square Foot Garden
- Starting Seeds Indoors
- Nature Printables for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Weather Science Pinterest Board
- Spring Science Pinterest Board
Happy First Day Of Spring!
How will you celebrate?