Springtime means gardens! Flowers, fruits, and veggies are starting to sprout and summer is just around the corner. As the weather begins to change, you are sure to want to spend time with the kids. Involving children in your spring gardening is the perfect way to get outside and spend quality time together. When you finish your planting, watering, and weeding, you can spend some extra time in your pretty new garden and try one or two of these spring activities for children.
Pinwheels are an excellent addition to any garden. They add a pop of color to the greenery and a fun spinning effect any time there is a breeze. Pinwheels are easy to make, and can even double as tags to remind you what you planted in each section of the garden.
To make your first pinwheel, begin with a square sheet of laminated paper. Fold the paper in half diagonally and unfold. Repeat, folding diagonally from the opposite corners and unfold again. These folds will create an 'X' shape.
Make a mark in the very center of the paper. Using a ruler, measure each line from the center to the corner and make a mark a third of the way from the center of the page. Cut each line from the outside to the mark made, leaving your paper with cuts that create four triangular shapes. Making your way around the square, take every other point and pull it into the center of your pinwheel.
Pin all four points to the center mark with a straight pin, push the straight pin into a small dowel rod (using a hammer if needed), and place the pinwheel in your garden or wherever you see fit.
Create your own garden stones using cement and an old pizza box for a mold. Add handprints, footprints, names, dates, colorful beads and marbles, or anything else you see fit for a very personal and pretty garden decoration. This is a messy activity and is best suited for the outdoors and old play clothes, but it makes for an afternoon of silly fun and memories and is well worth the mess.
If you have a flower garden, you may find that it tends to attract butterflies. Butterfly-watching is the ideal lazy afternoon activity, and a great way to wind down after a morning of hard work in the garden. Bring out a blanket, lemonade, and some cookies, and make it a date.
Plant Clove Pink, Bee Balm, Catmint, and Butterfly Bush (to name a few) to help ensure you have beautiful butterfly visitors this spring.
Spring gardens are generally full of all kinds of interesting bugs. Spend some time catching, observing, and learning about the many species of insects and spiders in your garden. A book about bugs or an internet search can teach you everything you need to know about your tiny friendly neighbors, and an activity like this can help little ones realize just how important each and every animal is to our world. After this activity, you will likely never see your child squish another bug.
This is just a small selection of all the options for outdoor fun you could have with your kids this spring. Get as creative as you like, or keep it simple and just grab a ball, but make sure to get outside and soak up some rays while having a blast with your children in the beautiful spring weather. Your kids will thank you, you'll feel great, and you will all be left with some incredible memories that will last for many springs to come.