10 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of SpringMarch 1, 2020 • Things to do at home and in the garden
Spring is finally here! Days are getting longer and warmer (however, we recommend not to trust British weather and always have a waterproof jacket handy).
We believe that playing and learning outdoors (following the latest government guidelines and the daily updates from the National Trust) is the key to keep children happy and healthy.
Whether you can go outdoors safely avoiding crowds, get some fresh air in your garden or adapt these activities for indoors, we’ve some spring activities for your children to celebrate the new season with. We know you may not be able to enjoy them all, but even a short walk or as little as 30 minutes of outdoor time a day – if you can do it safely – may boost your family’s wellbeing and may make you feel better at this trying time.
1) Plant seeds
Spring marks the arrival of growing season. It’s the perfect time to plant seeds with your children. If it’s still chilly outside, start with growing seeds indoors. We recommend mint, chives, rosemary or basil. Simply put the seeds into a pot filled with some peat-free compost and place the pots in a cosy spot near the window to give them some sun. Ask your little gardeners to check on the plants every day. We’re sure they will have lots of fun! If it’s warm enough outside, you can grow your own veggies and herbs in your garden.
2) Go on a spring walk
Get outside (a garden is also fine) and celebrate spring with your family. Connect with nature – observe the new life around you, take a close look at the blossoming flowers and see if your children can name them. Every day, there is something new in nature to discover so your little ones will never be bored.
3) Jump in puddles
This all-time favourite outdoor activity is a perfect way for children to burn off some energy on the first days (and weeks) of spring and you can enjoy it in your garden or during a short walk outside. A pair of wellies and a puddle is everything your children need to have fun.
4) Spot cherry blossoms
Cherry blossoms herald the arrival of spring and look simply gorgeous. There are lots of places in the UK where you can enjoy cherry blossoms. If you live in London, take your little ones for a family walk and spot as many cherry blossoms as possible.
5) Have a picnic in the garden
Nothing tastes better than a meal outside on the first day of spring! Pack up a lunch (e.g. sandwiches, a salad in a jar) and a picnic blanket and head outdoors. No explorer can make great discoveries on an empty stomach!
6) Watch birds
Did you know that more than 600 species of birds have been seen in the UK? Spring is the perfect time to watch birds. Find a quiet spot to settle in your garden and watch birds with children. A pair of binoculars will make this activity even more fun. Be careful not to frighten the birds away – they don’t like being looked at directly or disturbed.
7) Fly a kite
A windy spring afternoon is a great time to climb a hill and fly some kites. Find the best kite flying hotspot in your area – here are our top picks of the best places to enjoy the windy weather. You can buy a kite for your explorers or, even better, make one together – instructions here.
8) Organise a spring scavenger hunt
Add a bit of a challenge to your family walk. List 5 – 10 first signs of spring that you can spot in your local park or in your own garden and send your children off to search. You can set a time limit to make the hunt even more competitive. Have a look at our printable spring spotter sheet and take it with you on a walk.
9) Bring spring into your home
Buy a lovely bouquet with your children and bring it home for an extra spring touch. You can even pick your own flowers but remember to stick with those from your own garden. Nothing brightens up a day like fresh, colourful flowers.
10) Balance eggs
Did you know that raw eggs balance on end during the spring and autumn equinoxes? Hold an egg balancing competition with your family. Find a stable surface (e.g. a table) and see whose egg will stand on end without falling over. Apparently, the gravitational change during the equinox is a myth but why not try?