In today’s world it’s easy to get caught up in modern technology and trends. With that, it is also easy to believe that only the latest innovation will do for any situation or set of circumstances. This line of thought even impacts the toys and activities we choose for our children. And although this is not necessarily a bad thing, it can present some problems. For example, many of the ‘trendy’ toys and activities are expensive – not everyone can afford them. The good news is, there are lots of simple activities that can create fabulous childhood memories.
Now that winter is coming to an end your kids will undoubtedly be spending more time outdoors. Spring is a great time to visit parks or to romp around in the backyard. Simple pleasures can be built around planting and growing a garden. Kids are fascinated to see real plants develop from seeds. Growing flowers or a vegetable garden is an educational experience that can be lots of fun for all.
It’s In The Clouds
Spending a little time cloud watching can be interesting and it can help children (and adults!) learn to use their imagination. Why not lay back on a blanket or comfortable lounge chair and see what stories the clouds have to tell?
Another simple activity that all can enjoy is blowing bubbles. You can mix your own bubbles using dishwashing liquid (1/2 cup), sugar (2 teaspoons), and water (2cups). A drop or two of food color will make the mixture more colorful. Make up contests to see who can make the biggest bubble or who can keep the bubbles in the air longer.
Why not spend some time bird watching or exploring your backyard to discover more about the plants, insects, and other creatures that live there? This makes ‘your’ space a more interesting place to be. You can look up information about your discoveries which may prompt additional activities. For instance, you may want to capture pictures of what you find.
Getting back to basics can be a wonderful way to learn about or re-discover fun activities. And when the family does things together bonds are strengthened and lasting memories are created.
No matter what time of year it is, you can find some great ways to spend time together – there are lots of activities that are inexpensive and fun to do. Just as you have Christmas traditions like writing letters to Santa, you should also have family traditions for other times of the year. Start now; plan something fun for this spring!