Although winter isn’t quite over yet, the first official day of spring (March 20) is almost here. After many long, cold months of ice and snow, people of all ages will likely want to spend as much time outside as possible as the weather warms up.
If you have young children, it’s a good idea to encourage them to spend a good amount of time playing outdoors this spring. Going outside has plenty of benefits for kids, including helping them get exercise, spend less time in front of screens, encouraging creative play, and more, according to the Child Mind Institute article “Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature.”
There are plenty of ways kids can have fun outdoors. Here are just a few activities that can help you and your children get outside and enjoy the spring weather.
1. Go on a picnic. Pack some sandwiches, fruit, and/or healthy snacks and go enjoy a meal outdoors before the bugs are out in full force, PBS suggests. A picnic is a classic way to appreciate warm weather and spend quality time with your family.
2. Take a bike ride. If your kids are old enough to know how to ride a bike, going for a ride is an excellent way to exercise and get some fresh air this spring. For children ages 4 and up who haven’t learned to ride bikes yet, Little Steps will hold a Bike Camp this summer. Contact us for details!
3. Make flower necklaces and crowns. With just some poster board, contact paper and flower petals, your kids can make their own “stained glass” flower crowns and necklaces, according to The Artful Parent. You can take a walk with your kids to take in the spring blooms and gather wildflowers for this craft.
4. Plant a garden. Gardening with your children teaches them about how plants grow and helps them appreciate nature overall. PBS advises creating an herb garden or one that’s meant to attract butterflies or birds.
5. Go bird and wildlife watching. In addition to teaching them about plants, you can help your kids learn about animals by taking them on bird and wildlife watching adventures. You don’t need to go far – the park or the playground or even your own backyard likely has some birds, rabbits and other animals around that your children can observe.
If you’d like to learn more about age-appropriate outdoor activities for kids, feel free to reach out to our team of pediatric professionals. Our pediatric therapists provide comprehensive and compassionate care to help change the lives of children of all ages one step at a time. Learn more by calling 847-707-6744 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.