Well, we finally made it! Spring is FINALLY here, in spite of the doubts that the last month of winter might have caused. Of course, some parts of the country aren’t experiencing what might feel like spring quite yet, regardless of what the calender says. Hang in there — it’s coming. Promise!
What signs of spring have you noticed? Why not take a spring hike with the kids in your world? Where you live will impact exactly the when and the what you will see, but the great thing about nature is that there is ALWAYS something to see!
If you want, take along a camera or a nature journal to help document what you see. Binoculars and magnifying glasses are always fun for kids to experiment with.
Look for the following:
- buds on trees
- daffodils, crocuses, and tulips blooming with their welcomed bursts of color
- American Robins (an easy bird for even the youngest child to recognize)
- migratory songbirds, like warblers, swallows, and swifts
It’s not necessary to set out with a check list in mind. Just enjoy the walk — the sights and the sounds. Chat about what you see and hear. Take time to stop and really look at your finds.
Say goodbye to those winter blues and celebrate the coming of spring! Enjoy the days as they get warmer, providing more and more opportunities to get outside and play.
OK, I’m off to see what I can find! Let me know what spring looks like where you live.
See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru