Spending time outside can inspire creativity in your child, and partaking in outdoor activities together is a great way to make the most out of a warm spring day. Between the budding flowers and wildlife, there is always something new and exciting for your family to explore outside this time of year!
Here are some tips to make time outdoors both fun and educational:
Ring in Spring
Bid farewell to winter and welcome the warmth with a burst of KidiCreativity! Spend a few minutes with your child outside to identify their favorite things about spring, such as refreshingly vibrant colors, budding flowers or even busy insects. With VTech’s® Kidizoom®, your child can use these inspirations to create a “Welcome to spring” photo collage that reflects what they saw outside. With its computer connectivity, you can even send the photo creations to friends and family.
"B is for Butterfly” Scavenger Hunt
Combining the great outdoors with education is as simple as A-B-C! Take time at the beginning of the month to plan an alphabet scavenger hunt for your little one. As you embark on outdoor excursions, choose age-appropriate objects for your tot to search for, such as plants, animals or street signs. Help them document the exciting things they find in a “Scavenger Hunt Journal,” with each page dedicated to a particular letter. This journal acts as a fun and educational keepsake to remember your time together, and reinforce alphabet fun.
A Balanced Picnic
Picnics are a staple of springtime, and it is always nice to enjoy a meal outside as a family! Instead of picking up fast food or packing sugary snacks on your way to the park, let your child help make a healthy, portable lunch for you to share by incorporating items from all of the food groups. Draw a food pyramid together that names or depicts favorite items from each category. Finish your picnic prep by incorporating some food for thought – before you leave, have your child guess which category each item of food falls into.
April Showers Bring May Flowers
Early in the spring, visit a nursery with your child and pick out seeds to grow flowers or a small vegetable and herb garden. Give them age-appropriate plastic gardening tools, and help each other plant the seeds. As the plants grow, so does their responsibility. Facilitate ownership by creating a chart they can use to log the growth stages of their plant throughout the season. As an added bonus, your tot can enjoy picking the fresh vegetables and herbs to use in meals you can prepare as a family.
Senses of Spring Nature Walk
Venture outdoors with your child this month to learn more about their five senses! As you walk outside, encourage them to be aware of the different sights, smells and sounds along the way by asking questions and pointing out exciting finds. Using the Kidizoom® Camera, your child can photograph the objects they see and document the many sights of spring! Or, bring along a plastic bag to fill with “touch” items, such as rough bark, soft flowers or fuzzy moss. And, don’t forget to pack a snack so you both can take a break to enjoy your sense of taste. After your walk, head to the library or surf the Web to learn more about the fun things you experienced throughout the day.