Spring is going to be here soon, spread its wings and declare her arrival. Sunny afternoons, buzzing bees in flowering gardens, and an ambiance of uninhibited joy is inevitably inviting to anyone, young or old. So let your little one prance around in your backyard, soak in the sun and you can follow the same. Here are some fun spring-time garden activities that you can enjoy with your kids:
- Grow A Mini-Garden: Do you have old shoes that you have been planning on throwing out? Don’t! You can use them to help your little one put together his little garden. Simply drill a few holes into the footwear. Then, fill them with soil. Make sure not to pack it in. It is important that the soil is loose since plants need aeration. Once your kid and you have finished filling the shoes with soil, you can begin planting. You can help your kid expand his mini-garden by letting him use empty egg cartons. Once the planting is done, carefully water the plants and watch them grow.
- Organize A Scavenger Hunt: A scavenger hunt is a great opportunity to bond and learn together. Make a list of generic things that you want your kids to find. Next, go around hiding these things in select spots. Remember, you have to keep the difficulty level at ‘super easy’ and let your kids have a ball. Set the stopwatch and let the hunting begin. Once your kids are grimy and have had their fill, get them to sit down in a circle around you, and you can have a show-and-tell of the things they found.
- Build A Bug Hotel: With winter drawing a close, you are likely to find remnants of dry, old branches that may have fallen off a tree. You can also use hollow, unused PVP pipes lying around in the backyard, bricks, and other little disposable things. Collect all these otherwise rubbish that you have lying around, and you can help your kid build a small shelter for bugs. It will not only offer protection to insects but also feature as a display in your garden.
- Make Rock Decorations: Another way to beautify your garden is by decorating it. You don’t have to spend money. Just some time with your little one and some wonderful colors. Gather some smooth stones from the garden or bring out those stones your kid picked up on the beach over the vacation. Keep some old newspapers handy, and take the fun outside. Simply, paint the stones in different patterns and keep them out to dry. If your kid has a great time with his coloring books, he is bound to enjoy this activity. You could also paint some clear varnish on the stones once the paint has dried. The varnish will help retain the colors longer.
- Plan A Picnic: What better way to welcome spring than with a picnic! You could either choose to go all out and plan the entire thing. You can pack sandwiches and fruit juices, carry a Frisbee and have a picnic. Or, simply take lunch out to the yard. Ask your kid to set the table there, you can spread out a blanket and enjoy a quaint afternoon. Once you are done, you can simply set the plates aside and lie down to gaze up at the sky. It will give you an opportunity to wind down from your busy schedule and spend some quality time with your son.
- Make A Bird Feeder: Now that winter is over, all migratory birds will be heading back north to their homes. On their long journey back home, you can aid them by setting out food in small bird feeders. So, pick a lazy afternoon to make your very own bird feeder. All you will need are one plastic plate, a bowl and thread to hold them together. Drill holes on all ends of the bowl, and then thread it. Take all the thread ends and tie it into a knot. Then, put the end of the thread through the hole drilled in the center of the plate and tie it. The plate will act as a shed. Lastly, let your kid use whatever decorations he wants to make the feeder more attractive to birds. While little birds feed on the grains, you can watch them with your kids. If your kid is interested in reading more about birds, maybe he will later take up ornithology.
- Build An Earthworm Habitat: Have you noticed how excited your kid gets when he sees a bug or a worm? He will pick it up, turn it around fascinated, and observe it carefully. Help him build his own earthworm habitat and he will stop chasing those worms in the dirt. Take a mason jar and drill a few holes in its lid. Next, ask your kid to help you fill it up with dirt. Then, pick up earthworms from your yard and put them into the jar. Lastly, pop the lid on. Now, your kid can watch with astonishment as the earthworm eats its way through the dirt and simultaneously aerates it. Remember to let the earthworm go eventually, lest it should die.
Your kid would like nothing better if you joined him in getting your hands dirty. So, let your inner child out this spring and have some fun. Spend time with your kid by building common interests and bonding. Your kid will soon grow up and move out of the house, but before that happens, cherish every moment while it lasts.
Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular sites like Huffington Post, Natural news, Elephant journal, Thehealthsite, Naturally Savvy, Curejoy and MomJunction.com, Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.
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