Spring is undoubtedly the best time of the year. After a very long and silent winter, the whole world suddenly comes alive. There are chirping birds, fluttering butterflies and blooming flowers everywhere. It is the best time to get the kids outdoors and let nature speak to them. In a time like this, when kids get easily distracted by technology, it becomes even more important to prompt them to connect with nature.
5 Nature Inspired Projects
Kids are curious creatures. They are willing to learn new things all the time. It’s not always easy to keep them occupied and focused on one thing, though. Therefore, it’s important to think of new and interesting ways to keep them busy. Spring is the most ideal time to engage kids in natured inspired activities, which can be fun and educational at the same time.
Spring is such a colorful and cheerful time of the year. I just love to spend time with my kids, out in the garden, showing them around. I try to tell them everything I know about trees, flowers, insects and birds. I believe that kids have the ability to communicate with nature in a way that we adults cant.
I try to come up with activities that my kids can benefit from. My idea is that every project teaches them something new about themselves, and about the world around them. Here are some fun spring projects that you could try with your kids:
Planting a seed and watching it grow into a flowering plant is an exceptional experience for your little one. The exercise of digging and sowing had been scientifically proven to improve mental and physical development. What’s even better is that kids just love to get their hands dirty in the mud.
To increase the fun quotient of this activity, you could get some attractive pots and a kids’ gardening kit. Let you child spend some time with the soil and seeds. Explain to him what a seed is, and where it came from. Once he learns the relation between the seed, plant and the flower, he’ll be fascinated to watch the whole process himself. Since kids tend to get easily discouraged, make sure you use plants that flower quickly and can be grown easily. To encourage your child further, make a tiny garden space where he can exclusively plant his own personal garden.
2. Nature on paper
Give you child some paper and few colors and ask him to draw or paint whatever he finds interesting around him. Kids love this activity. He could draw flowers and leaves. He could paint butterflies and insects. This project will make him notice the tiny details that might have missed his eye earlier. In case of younger kids, you could just hand them nature related sketches to color.
Printing flowers on paper is also one of kids’ favorite activities. It’s simple and fun. Demonstrate it for them. Just dip some flowers in paint and press them down on paper to get beautiful flower impressions. Ask your kids to do the same. Kids really enjoy dipping their fingers in paint.
3. Paper butterflies
Kids love butterflies. In this project, they could use colorful paper to cut out beautiful butterflies. All you need is some colored paper, scissors and some glue. Butterflies can be made of any color, size or shape. These cute little butterflies can be used as motifs, stickers, bookmarks, and even as decorative items.
This fun project is a great way to develop fine motor skills in kids. Their focus sharpens when they sit down to create something on their own. Just make sure you help them with the cutting.
4. Flower and leaf collection
As a child I loved collecting different flowers and leaves. I would press them and stick them in a precious little note book. I remember knowing each one of them by name. I encourage my kids to have a collection of their own. I believe it has a positive effect on kids. They also get to learn a lot about plants.
This is a great project for spring, since plants are in full bloom. It is simple too. All they have to do is go around the garden and pick different leaves and flowers. Talk to them about what they have collected. Help them identify the names of each. This collection will be a great memory of childhood, which they will cherish forever.
5. Garden Tea party
A Tea party need not be a fancy event always. You can have your kids organize a garden tea party for their friends. It can be a fun-filled activity, which need not be about tea at all. Some lemonade, cookies, cake, and a bunch of happy kids, is all that’s needed. Help your kids make invitations for their friends. The paper butterflies, which I previously talked about, can be used to decorate these invitations. This project is a great way to help your kids learn about team work. It will also develop their organizational skills.
All parents want their kids to use their time productively. Today, kids want to spend their time on iPads and other gadgets. As parents, it becomes crucial that we help our kids develop a bond with the nature .These nature inspired projects can be a great way to keep your kids busy yet productive this spring. They also allow you to spend some quality time with them. They will help your kids explore the world around them, while learning from it. As Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything.”
About the Author
Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular sites like Huffington Post, Natural news, Elephant journal, Thehealthsite, Naturally Savvy, Curejoy and MomJunction.com, Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.