The wildflowers are starting to bloom, new leaves are growing on the tips of branches, gardens are beginning to sprout… this is the time to take the kids out for a walk to look for the signs of spring. This can be a quick walk around the neighborhood or the park, an exploration of your backyard, an excursion into a local nature area, a trip to a botanic garden, or a visit to a nearby farm.
Let your child be your guide, allowing them to explore and point out the things they see to you. If something misses their eyes, this is a great teachable moment. Go ahead and ask your child questions. Listen to your child. Answer their questions. Point out things they may have missed. Stop and look around. Listen. Smell.
Here are just a few things you might notice…
- Tree seedlings
- Baby animals
- Birds making nests
- Blossoms on fruit trees
- Buds on a tree
- An increase in insect activity
- New leaf growth
- Changes in the weather
- Changes in flow of creeks and rivers
- Sprouts in the garden
- Migrating birds
- Frog eggs in a creek