This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids?
You don’t have to look far for signs of spring. Warmer temps, a bit of green. The return of the birds. And rain showers, of course! We couldn’t help but get the hop on springtime by getting outside to search for these springtime clues. (Although some were strategically “planted” with a little help from mom!).
Before heading outdoors, we talked about what we might find. Use this colorful printable to discuss the various signs of spring. (Click the image to download and print your own!) As this time of year is so lush with colors, sounds and smells, we used all of the five senses to enjoy the arrival of spring!
Look for bugs, flowers, birds, and more!
Grab a magnifying glass to inspect the details of small insects, or peer at tiny flower petals. Even rocks have high interest when viewed up close! Or, peer through binoculars to watch birds; this is especially good when you have young explorers, to avoid scaring them away.
Tip: Don a special hat or outfit to make your backyard explorations official!
Indoors: Paint suncatchers to enjoy the colorful rays inside too!
Listen to a variety of birdsongs, and try to imitate them!
Stand under an umbrella to hear the sound of rain falling…on a dry day, run a sprinkler or hose over the umbrella.
Scoop up some dirt and feel the texture. Try this with both damp and dry dirt to compare.
Feel the softness of flower petals, or the smoothness of new grass. Perhaps you’ll even find where new plants are growing from old roots to feel the rough versus smooth texture.
Indoors: Use potting soil to plant some soaked green bean seeds, which will sprout in just a few days.
Plan a lunchtime break that includes crispy green salad and other spring vegetables
Sniff the flowers. If too cold, stick some fake flowers in the ground to discover!
Smell the earth, too – especially pungent after a rainshower!
Indoors: spray floral perfume on fake flowers Ask what your kids think rain smells like! It will be interesting to hear their answers.
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The world comes alive in spring, and so can your kids’ five senses with these exciting activities!
Julie Kieras mothers two inquisitive boys with the support of her husband in the lovely four seasons of New England. She is often found at home interpreting toddler-speak, elbow-deep in PlayDough, or behind the pages of a book. In her spare time she enjoys organizing, walking, crafting, or baking! She blogs about her family life at A Year With Mom and Dad.