With the “Beast from the East” and “Storm Emma” behind us, I was going to write about all the lovely things to do to get your kids out this Spring. I then heard that more of the white stuff might be on the way this weekend! Oh well, Spring if it is about to appear or not, is a great time of year, I think, to get your little ones outside.
New flowers making an appearance, new-born lambs and calves in the fields, all the promise of new life and hopefully better weather on the way, makes for a more positive outlook. It certainly makes me want to get outside more.
I’m looking forward to going on some spring walks with my family, but you don’t have to walk a massive distance to feel the benefits of getting outside. Easter egg hunts or themed bunny hop walks are probably incentive enough to get your little ones outside. It can be in your own garden, lots of places do ‘make your own egg hunt kits’ or look out for local events in parks or attractions.
I’m hoping this Easter to find somewhere to see some little lambies or baby animals of any kind, I’m a sucker for a cute face! We’ve been going to Temple Newsam farm for years, the kids always enjoy it and there’s a great playground, but in spring you can see the baby animals. Sometimes there’s naughty goats wandering around and playing. It’s a nice day out and the best bit is it doesn’t break the bank.
We asked Santa to bring our eldest a pen knife, so hopefully along with his book of sticks I can get him whittling something fantastic – I keep saying it in the hope it happens. Craft Invaders have some fabulous bushcraft activities on their website, so I plan to have a go at making and following a stick trail.
I’m not green fingered in the slightest but this year would like to have more flowers in the garden. We’ve taken part in the big butterfly hunt for a few years, and I would like to encourage more butterflies and bees into our garden with some wild flowers. I’ve bought some seed balls from Seedball and I think even I can manage to scatter the balls in the garden and let them do their thing. Let’s hope the frost and snow stops so I can get my garden of wild flowers. Planting bulbs and scattering the seed balls is an activity I can get the kids helping with, and I’m sure most kids would love the chance to make a few mud pies too.
I’ll be crossing my fingers that we can have a short walk in the Dales with the kids, might be pushing it for a spring picnic outside but we’ve done before, all wrapped up! We’ve also a woodland adventure planned soon, and a campervan trip for us adults but I hope to write more about that soon.
What are your tips for getting the kids out this Spring? Have an amazing place we should visit to see the animals? Let me know in the comments.