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Ideas for Springtime fun at the weekend for young children

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For a young child, each season brings new magic and excitement. The changing leaves are mesmerising, the falling snow is a frosty treat and the blooming flowers of spring come with a boost of new found energy. I wish I could remember what it was like to discover the world for the first time, but even if I can’t, it still gives me goose bumps to see the joy on my little ones’ faces as they experience the thrill of something that the rest of us take for granted. I’ve decided that I want to show my boys all the best of spring this year, so I’ve made a little to-do list of weekend activities that the other half can join in with too (he gets jealous that I have all the fun on maternity leave!).

1. Go bug catching

Creepy crawly things might make a chill run up your spine, but kids love them! Ladybirds, centipedes and earthworms alike, getting down in the dirt and finding some new friends is a child's idea of paradise and we have some fab nature reserves near us. I might even take one for the team and get my hands dirty too…unless it's a spider, in which case I am out of there! The other half loves teaching Zach the names of all the bugs we find, so we’ll probably stick them in a cheap terrarium from The Spider Shop. We’ll let them go at the end of the day, of course!

2. Try some new foods

Young children have very sensitive taste buds and don’t like a lot of strong flavours, but at the same time, they’re in the middle of developing their palate (especially Oscar who is currently weaning!). For this reason, it can be the perfect time to expose them to some interesting foods that might not be part of their normal diet. Introducing them to fresh Springlike ingredients like lemongrass and coriander in Thai food or fresh fish and soy in sushi will help them build up their tastebuds while they enjoy a healthy snack! I’m planning to order a range of starters from local takeaways and have a blind tasting one evening – hopefully in the garden now the evenings are lighter!

3. Visit a library

Libraries are great nowadays and I love supporting our local ones. They have great children’s areas and are fab at planning loads of events for for kids. Even if your library doesn’t do this, you’d be surprised how happy littlun's can be when left around a stack of books. Zach loves looking through all the books and choosing which to take out and sometimes we'll sit and read one while we are in there.

4. Go to the Zoo

Seeing an elephant, a lion or a giraffe is breath-taking even as an adult, so imagine what it must be like for a child! Spring has sprung and it’s time to get outside again. Mother nature knows this as well, which makes this an excellent time to go to Paradise Wildlife Park which is very local to us. All the animals will be busy stretching their legs and enjoying the sunshine, and I know it'll be good exercise for me as well as there is always a lot of walking involved! I’ve already started talking to Zach about all of the different animals so he'll recognise them instantly (and be really excited!) by the time we go.

So there is my starter list of things to do. I know I'll be adding to this since I have the whole Spring and Summer of maternity leave ahead of me. I can't wait for loads of brilliant fun with my boys! 

 

 

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  • Reply Rhian Harris

    Love this! Some great ideas #twinklytuesday

    March 31, 2017 at 7:42 am
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