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Springtime Fun – Engaging Hands – On Activities For Parents & Kids.

Spring is a wonderful time for parents to engage with their children in fun and educational activities. From exploring nature to getting their hands dirty with creative projects, there are endless opportunities to bond and create memorable spring projects together.
One fantastic way to celebrate the season is by making seed bombs and planting seeds. Not only are these activities enjoyable for children, but they also teach them about nature, sustainability, and the importance of gardening. Whether at home or in schools, these activities can be tailored to suit different age groups and skill levels. Here are some exciting springtime activities to try with your little ones.

Plant Growing

Making Seed Bombs:

Seed bombs are small balls made of clay, soil (compost), and seeds, which can be thrown or placed in garden beds to grow flowers or plants.
Here's how to make them:

You will need clay, potting soil, seeds ( We Love WILDflowers!), and water.

Mix the ingredients: Combine the clay and potting soil in a bowl, adding water gradually until the mixture forms a firm, moldable consistency.

Add seeds: Incorporate the seeds into the mixture, ensuring they are evenly distributed.

Form seed bombs: Roll the mixture into small balls, about the size of a marble.

Let them dry: Allow the seed bombs to air dry for 24-48 hours until they harden.

Ready to use: Once dry, seed bombs can be tossed into empty patches of soil, where they will eventually sprout and grow. Watch them all bloom before your eyes.

Planting Seeds:

Planting seeds is a hands-on activity that allows kids to witness the magic of growth firsthand. Here's how to make it easy and enjoyable:

Choose seeds of flowers, herbs, or vegetables that are easy to grow and suitable for the Scottish climate.

Prepare the soil: Clear an area in the garden or use pots filled with potting mix. Ensure the soil is loose and well-drained.

Plant the seeds: Follow the instructions on the seed packet for proper planting depth and spacing. Encourage your child to dig small holes and gently place the seeds inside.

Water and care: Teach children the importance of watering their seeds regularly and providing adequate sunlight. This fosters a sense of responsibility and care.

Track progress: Keep a journal or chart to record the growth of the plants. This allows kids to observe and learn about the different stages of plant development.

Nature Scavenger Hunt.

Create a list of items commonly found in nature, such as flowers, rocks, plants or insects.

Take your kids on a scavenger hunt in your garden, a local park, or local woodlands area.

Encourage them to use their senses to observe and appreciate the natural world around them.

DIY Bird Feeders

Use pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed to make homemade bird feeders.

Hang the feeders in your yard and watch as birds flock to enjoy the treats.

You can then teach your children about different bird species and their behaviours. (Like Seagulls eating your chips!

Outdoor Art

Take advantage of the warmer weather by bringing art projects outdoors.

Set up a painting or chalk station in your garden or at a local park.

Encourage your children to create nature-inspired artwork using leaves, flowers, and other found objects as stencils or paintbrushes.

Nature Walk and Journaling

Go for a leisurely nature walk with your children and encourage them to observe and document their surroundings.

Provide them with a journal or sketchbook to draw pictures, write descriptions, or press flowers and leaves they find along the way.

This activity fosters a deeper connection to nature and encourages mindfulness. The added fresh air will send them into a lovely, restorative sleep that night too.

Outdoor Picnic

Pack a picnic basket with your children's favourite snacks and fruits!

Find a scenic spot in nature, such as a park, beach, or garden, to enjoy your picnic together.

Take this opportunity to relax, play games such as I-Spy and bond as a family amidst the beauty of springtime.

Benefits of Spring Gardening Activities & Being Outdoors:

Educational: Children learn about plant life cycles, ecosystems, and the importance of biodiversity.

Environmental awareness: Engaging in gardening fosters an appreciation for nature and encourages sustainable practices.

Physical activity: Outdoor gardening activities promote exercise and sensory stimulation.

Creativity: Kids can express themselves by designing their garden layouts and choosing colorful flowers or plants to grow.

Spring is a magical season filled with new beginnings and opportunities for outdoor adventures. By engaging in hands-on activities like seed bombs, nature scavenger hunts, and gardening, parents can create meaningful experiences that foster curiosity, creativity, and connection with their children. So, grab your most likely rain jacket and wellies and embrace what is on your doorstep.

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