Transitioning into spring can be an exciting time for children. After several months of post-holiday blues, springtime brings green grass, blooming flowers, special holiday celebrations, and warm-weather activities. Spring also brings a sense of renewal and refreshment—perhaps from the spring cleaning or the ever-growing anticipation of summer. This is your chance to add a little fun and liveliness to your family time and embrace the seasonal change. Here are some simple spring activities that are the perfect cure to your family’s spring fever.
Pretty Paper Flowers
You will need:
Step One: Place the tissue paper flat on the table, alternating colors.
Step Two: Have your child fold the tissue paper (about one inch) back and forth just like you would to make a fan. Once they have reached the end, the stack of tissue paper should look like an accordion.
Step Three: Wrap a green pipe cleaner around the middle of the stack, twist to secure and make a stem.
Step Four: Next, help your child carefully separate each piece of tissue paper. Fluff the layers into a flower shape.
Step Five: Tear pieces of construction paper into leaf shapes and poke them onto the pipe cleaner stem, sliding it up until to reaches the top.
Place your forever-fresh flowers in a vase for a bright splash of spring in the kitchen or get creative and add multiple smaller flowers to a pipe cleaner circle for a fairylike crown.
Honey Milk Balls
You will need:
- ¼ cup of honey
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup nonfat powdered milk
- 1 cup uncooked rolled oats or ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
- Measuring cups
- Mixing bowl and spoon
Step One: Talk with your child about honey—explain that honey comes from bees. Encourage them to ask questions as well as feel, smell, and taste the honey.
Step Two: Mix the first four ingredients well, and then knead them by hand until blended.
Step Three: Shape the mixture into 1” balls.
Step Four: Roll the honey milk balls in coconut if desired.
Recipe Source: The Budding Chef
Another major part of spring is getting outdoors after the long winter. Incorporate the following outdoor activities into your family time:
- Host a family soccer game! Switch it up by inviting extended family or neighbors to be the opposing team. Play girls vs. boys or adults vs. children.
- Enjoy a picnic! Don’t forget your honey milk balls and paper flower centerpiece!
- Create a driveway masterpiece! Stick to the classic sidewalk chalk or switch it up with Chalktivity.
- Stargaze! Take advantage of the warmer nights and introduce your child to the sky’s wonders.
Leave us a comment below and share your family’s favorite springtime activity.