Spring time has always been my favorite time of the year. The days are longer, the temps are just right and the flowers are blooming. But with the Spring comes stir crazy kids that have been cooped up for months. There’s no question that the winter can be a drag for everyone… It’s cold, the days are short and outdoor activities are almost non-existent. If you’re like me where your tots are becoming of age and they’re eager to explore the world around them, take advantage of being outdoors. If you don’t know where to start, I’ve compiled a list of things to do with your little ones this Spring!
1. EXPLORE A NEIGHBORING CITY
If you live close to a historic or exciting city, why not take advantage of a day trip! Hop in the car with your little ones (2 hours or less because let’s face it… anything longer wouldn’t be enjoyable for anyone) and ride to the next town over. Explore museums, parks or even a new restaurant. Taking that road trip now means avoiding the summer vacationers on the road.
2. TAKE A TRIP TO THE ZOO
Exploring your local zoo is something kids LOVE to do. Take advantage of the cooler temps now and smaller crowds. Visiting the zoo can be a daunting task in the summer. It’s hot… sticky… and crowded. Do yourself a favor and visit now!
3. START A GARDEN
Consider starting a small garden or planting some flowers with your little one. They love to get their hands dirty and it’s a great opportunity to teach them about the life cycle of plants. This momma does not like dirt or bugs so I’ll have to admit… It’ll take a whole lot of praying to get me out in the yard.
4. TAKE SWIMMING LESSONS
Nothing is more synonymous with summer than swimming pools. Get your tot or little one prepared for the pool by enrolling them in swimming lessons. We enrolled Jaden in swimming lessons at the YMCA and it was so worth it. This will ensure your little is comfortable with the water and knows basic pool safety. Do it now before hitting the crowded pools this summer.
5. HAVE A FAMILY PICNIC
Who wants to have a picnic in 90 degree weather and high humidity? The spring is a great time to have a family picnic. You won’t have to worry about being uncomfortable due to the summer temps.
6. JOIN A RECREATIONAL SPORTS TEAM
Once the spring begins, many local towns offer recreational sports teams starting at age 3. Although starting a recreational sports team will require a lot of time and energy for mom and dad, your little one will have the chance to learn about sharing and playing on a team AND he or she will burn tons of built up energy from the winter months.
7. HAVE A SCAVENGER HUNT
The spring time brings new life to plants and animals. As you begin to see flowers appearing and bugs surfacing, why not create a spring scavenger hunt! This will get them outdoors and help strengthen their sensory skills.
8. FLY A KITE
It’s no doubt the spring can bring some pretty dangerous storms. But most spring days are filled with beautiful sunshine and a nice breeze. Your little one would be so proud to see the kite that you two built together flying high in the sky!
9. LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLIES
I was amazed when Jaden came home from school one day talking about the life cycle of a butterfly. He was so excited to tell me about the caterpillar and the chrysalis. I have to admit, I learned all I need to know about butterflies through him! The spring is a great time to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and then go outdoors for a search of them!
10. GO ON A NATURE WALK
Find a nearby park with a trail and go on a nature walk. Nashville is abundant in trails and scenic parks. While you’re out, have your little ones collect things such as rocks or leaves and then let them create artwork with things they found on their walk.
I hope you enjoy the great outdoors with your little ones this Spring!