Hello Sunshine! It is no secret that I have been super pumped for the spring season. I feel like that’s all I’ve talked about here lately (see here, here, and here) but can you blame me? This time of year brings some of my favorite things– thunderstorms, flowers, and warmer weather. So with yesterday being the first official day of spring, I thought I’d put together a list of fun and easy ways to welcome spring with your kids.
- Go for a long nature walk with your family. You can play games like I Spy (I spy… a bird, a squirrel, green grass, etc) or have a nature scavenger hunt to make it a little more exciting. Make sure to bring a plastic bag to pick up any garbage you may find– it teaches your kids a valuable lesson about keeping the earth clean and you leave the world a little better than you found it.
- Make a spring wreath for your front door. Here are a few adorable and easy DIY wreath ideas that even your little ones can help you make: sunshine wreath and garden hose wreath.
- Buy fresh flowers. Never underestimate what some fresh flowers can do for your mood and your home decor. Buy a few bunches of cheap flowers from the grocery store, and have your kids help you fill several vases with the fresh blooms, and put them in the most used rooms in your house.
- Play outside! Lately, I have been putting our outdoor blanket out on the front porch and I bring Olivia outside with a few of her favorite toys. Playing in the fresh air beats playing on the living room floor.
- Plant something. I will be the first to admit that I do not have a green thumb, but it’s always fun to try! Even if it’s still cold where you live, you can always buy a pot and some seeds and plant something indoors. I recommend something easy like grass seeds, but try whatever tickles your fancy! Your kids will love watering the seeds and waiting to see something sprout.
- Feed ducks at a pond. Last week I took Olivia to the local park and pond and we randomly saw ducks swimming around. Olivia was fascinated so I quickly grabbed her cheerios and we spent 30 minutes watching and feeding the duckies.
- Sidewalk chalk. Get artsy with sidewalk chalk and put your hopscotch skillz to the test.
- Make a bird feeder. Who doesn’t remember the days of smearing peanut butter on a pine cone and covering it with bird seed? That’s definitely one way you can do it, but here are a few other bird feeder ideas here and here.
- Go for a bike ride. Eric and I are planning on buying one of these bike trailers so that Olivia can ride in style with us.
- Make a wind chime. These DIY wind chimes will keep your little one busy (aka give you downtime to scroll Facebook) for at least 15 minutes. I like this one and this one.
How do you welcome spring with your littles? Anything you think I should add to my list? As always, thank you for reading and don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss a post or follow along on Insta @myplotofsunshine.