Spring is one of my favourite seasons, the trees start budding, and some of my favourite plants start popping again like rhubarb and herbs. The snow banks begin to melt, and that creates rivers of moisture that help these plants get started. The other thing it creates is mud! If you like to play in the dirt, spring is the high time for mud from head to toe with kids who like to play outside.
Getting ready for spring at my house involves trying on all the rain gear to make sure it still fits. We haul out our hats, rubber boots and one-piece rain suits to get ready for the inevitable mud. I usually stock up on laundry detergent too just to be fully prepared. My favourite Canadian gear company for kids – Stonz – makes amazing Rain Bootz that are built for life on the West Coast.
Their Rain Bootz are made of 100% Natural Rubber, have a quick dry liner and comes in a rainbow of colours (this makes hand-me-downs between the boy and girl a cinch). They are grippy enough for the biggest dirt hill, and sized from a Toddler 4 up to a Youth 4. We love them as they are durable enough to take our dirt piles, and 100% PVC-free, Phthalate-free, Lead-free and Formaldehyde-free, which makes this green mom happy.
Easy Activities for Spring
1. Gardening: Grab your kid and set them up with a simple container garden, or let them plant a few new plants or seeds within your existing garden.
2. Play Outside: Pick a new place or attraction to visit in your hometown and get going. Maybe a playground hop, or a simple picnic complete with blanket and favourite treats are fun!
3. Grab Your Baseball Mitt or Soccer Ball: With the grass greening up, grab your baseball mitt or soccer ball and go for an impromptu game in the back yard.
4. Find a Trail: Try a new local trail, and point out what is blooming as you past by, climb a rock or tree or two.
5. Go to the Beach: The beach is fairly well deserted in spring, and though the water might be too cold, the sun and the draw of sand castles will be strong.
6. Ride Your Bike: Dust off the bikes and get riding around your neighbourhood.
7. Sidewalk Chalk: Pull up a piece of sidewalk and create some colourful creations. No pavement? No problem, decorate the pavement at the local school.
8. Bubbles: Bubbles are a huge favourite and a perfect activity for spring. Get a few bottles from the dollar store and see who can blow the biggest bubble.
9. Embrace the Rainy Season: I know some families hide in the house when it rains, but we are definitely not one of those! Grab your one-piece rainsuit, splash down in puddles and embrace those rainy days. After all, showers bring the flowers.
Got more ideas that you love to do in spring? Share them with us in the comments below!
a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.
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