All the seasons bring new pleasures and new learning opportunities for children. The best way to educate is in the natural course of the day, and springtime seems to offer a whole lot of real-life, hands-on leaning opportunities every day.
I’m trying to teach and show my kids all of these things, and help them appreciate the joys of new life this time of year. I hope it sticks.
What’s your favorite thing about spring?
13 Educational Springtime Opportunities for Children
- How to clean out and clean up a vegetable garden for the new season.
- All kinds of springtime life science activities.
- The cooperation involved in taking a hike with other people. Hike’s are a great way to teach patience and perseverance. Especially when your destination is a playground. Or a snack.
- Observing blooming flowers.
- How to plant vegetables. Have the kids help.
- Watching perennials come back to life, often larger than the year before.
- Watching bees pollinate flowers. And learning that bees probably won’t kill them.
- The joys of playing in a dirt pile. Because life doesn’t have enough recess.
- The satisfaction of climbing a tree. #unstructuredplay
- Playing in the mud. Less fun for us parents, maybe.
- How to deadhead flowers. This can be a great transition chore for kids.
- Observing, collecting, recording skills. You know: science. It’s the best way to help them apply what they’re learning in school.
- How refreshing the outdoors can be (mentally, physically, emotionally). Except for those pollen-filled days, of course.