Mother and young son celebrate spring by gardening together

5 Ways to Explore Spring with Your Child

Spring is almost here! It’s the perfect time to help your little one exercise his natural curiosity through fun and engaging science activities for kids. Here are a few fun ideas for how you can make the most of the season with your young scientist right in your own backyard:

  • Enjoy a spring scavenger hunt: Spend time in the great outdoors while also helping your child appreciate and observe her environment. Take a walk together and look for signs of spring. (Need ideas for what to look for? Download this checklist!) You can even take pictures along the way and then print them at home to make a “Signs of Spring” book.
  • Create your own garden: There are many of easy plants to grow – no green thumb required! Have your little one help with planting and watering, and watch seedlings transform. As you play and explore, discuss the resources that are needed for seeds to grow – like soil, water and sunshine. You and your child can even grow your own foods, like berries and carrots. Check out these beginner gardening tips.
  • Read books about spring: If you don’t have garden space or if colder weather is keeping you indoors, you can still enjoy spring and explore gardening with your little one through reading books together. Some of our favorite books about spring for kids are The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole and Flower Garden by Eve Bunting.
  • Make your own rain clouds: Rainy days shouldn’t ruin the fun – this easy DIY science experiment can help your young scientist learn more about weather by creating a “rain cloud” in your own home! Fill a clear cup with water, add a layer of shaving cream and then add a few drops of food coloring. When the drops get too heavy, they will fall through the “cloud” like rain.
  • Play in the mud: With rain comes mud, and while it can quickly become a parent’s nightmare if tracked in the house, there are plenty of fun ways for your child to splash and play in the mud. Plus, all that time spent out in the dirt has numerous benefits for your child’s health – just make sure to have a hose easily accessible for clean up!

The best thing about these fun and engaging activities is they can easily be done around the house or in your own backyard. Try more simple science fun activities at home!