Hoorah – spring is finally here.
The daffodils are flowering and the pretty blossom on the trees makes the walk to school along the streets of South London feel like a stroll through a beautifully scented summer meadow (well, kind of).
The kids are full of excitement to get out and about so take some inspiration from our Top 10 Springtime outdoor activities.
1. Bluebell watch
We are very lucky that almost half of all bluebells in the world grow in the UK. The sight of hundreds of bluebells creating a scented blue carpet as far as the eye can see is magical and a wonderful opportunity for photographs.
Bluebells can normally be found in ancient woodlands. The best time to see bluebells is between mid-April and May. They don’t always flower at the same time each year so be sure to check on-line before heading to your nearest bluebell woods. If you are not sure where your nearest spot is, then take a look at our Top 10 places to see bluebells with children.
And don’t forget, bluebells are a protected species so please don’t pick them!
2. Scavenger hunt
Create a scavenger hunt in your local park or garden. Simply write on a piece of paper a list of items to be found and task the children with finding them. For extra motivation offer them a prize at the end if they can find all the objects within a given time (15 minutes for pre-schoolers up to 30 minutes for older children). You can either give them a bag to carry everything in or ask them to take a photo of the items using a child’s camera (if they are young). Or if that seems like too much hassle invest in the wonderful ISpy books.
Then finish with a little picnic.
3. Kite flying
Head to your nearest kite flying spot for some running, soaring, crashing not to mention tangles. Check out Kite map to find great places to fly kites. We recently headed to Box Hill in Surrey and not only was the kite flying excellent but the views over the North Downs were breathtaking.
4. Plant seeds
Spring is the perfect time to grow flowers. Mark out an area of the garden specifically for the kids, buy some seeds, plant and water them. A great excuse to get muddy. If you don’t have a garden use a pot or a compost bag instead. Flowers that are easy to grow from seeds are sunflowers, sweet peas, marigolds and pansies.
I was very excited to discover that Lidl now sells plant seeds.
5. Plant vegetable seeds
Struggling to get your children to eat vegetables? I suspect if they were to grow their own vegetables they will be much more tempted to try something that they had nurtured from seed. Easy to grow seeds include tomatoes, runner beans, peas and radishes.
6. Treasure Hunt
Hide some coins (plastic or the chocolate variety) in the garden and ask the children to find them all.
7. Make a bird feeder
Put those fine motor skills to test and make a bird feeder using Cheerios, pipe cleaners and some string/garden twine. They are very easy to make for children as young as three years old. Once it’s up in the garden the children will take great joy in seeing some feathered friends come to their garden to eat their homemade tasty treat.
We found this great Cheerio Bird Feeder tutorial on Happy Hooligans.
This also featured on my Top 10 Winter activities, but it really is a good’un…
9. Garden camping
Pitch a tent in the garden and either pretend to be on a camping trip or sleep in it overnight.
10. Wash the car
The other day my husband suggested washing the car. I told him that I would rather stick pins in my eyes and thought that the guys at the local supermarket would do a much better job. However, we ended up washing the car WITH the kids. AND it was so much fun.
Was the car particularly clean? No
Did the kids end up soaking wet? Yep, you bet
But most importantly, did we have fun? Absolutely.
Go on, try it.
Over to You
Have you tried any of these ideas? What did your kids enjoy the best?