The sunny days are back. What educational manual activities can you do with your kids in spring? Which games invent? Our tips.
So that children can have fun and discover the joys of the garden, here are a number of ideas to keep them busy in the vegetable garden, on the lawn or at the table on the terrace.
Clean up the garden
If the winter has been harsh and the garden has been neglected, it’s time to roll up your sleeves to redesign it with the arrival of spring. With the help of your “little helpers” you have to collect the fallen leaves and branches.
You can also teach them to remove weeds, put mulch in the vegetable garden if necessary, and most importantly, water the plantations. A fun way to get closer to nature while learning to garden. Once the garden is cleared, go to the vegetable garden to harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables before cooking them.
Install seedlings, plant onions
This season also heralds thatseeding plant Having radishes or beautifully juicy tomatoes and the opportunity to explain to the children why they are put down now, what the results will be in the medium and long term, their water needs depending on the category chosen, and making them appreciate the fruits and vegetables from the garden instead of the traditional pain au chocolat at snack time.
For those who appreciate flowers, to get the expected result, it’s time to plant bulbs a few weeks later.
Document the season
It is possible to teach them to question the development of the plant world with the appearance of the first buds at the beginning of the season, followed by the blossoming of flowers and the development of fruit and vegetables. In photo safari mode, they can take photos with camera or smartphone and then see spring nature is back.
Watch the birds return
The garden is not just a place for flowers and lawns. he can house many animals. In the event of rain or wind, they can protect themselves with a shelter, such as a shelter. B. the installation of nesting boxes for birds. Others, like hedgehogs, will appreciate the presence of a small pile of leaves out of the way, or even a row of rocks grouped for lizards or an insect hotel.
Build a pond for fish
This period is also favorable for installation pond with fish : Equipped with a shovel and rake, he can then dig a hole to make the area watertight, attach a special tarpaulin or plastic basin and give him free rein to decorate the interior with aquatic plants and the exterior with stones, for example, and installing a filter for better water quality for its residents.
Learn the names of the plants and their benefits
It is also possible to teach them that Benefits of Certain Plants and how to use them, for example using the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of daisies or orange blossom to combat insomnia.
Involving children in gardening activities allows them to learn the proper gestures and vocabulary of the perfect little gardener while empowering them and awakening their senses.
playing in the garden
The mild temperatures let you finally enjoy nature. Nothing beats playing alone or with family and friends. There are many ideas, here are a few:
build hut – Build a wooden plank house behind a row of trees in a corner of the garden with the help of an adult handyman so the child can have their own place, “do like the grown-ups” by inviting his friends over for tea or posing as Robinson spend Crusoe.
set signs – Mark which seeds have been planted with thick pieces of wood, spatulas that are no longer used in the kitchen, or flat, wide pebbles.
The Treasure Hunt – Imagine a path with puzzles that leads to a chest full of chocolate gold coins. For example, let’s say that the first clue is hidden under the raspberry bush, the second near the potato plantations, the third near the roses…
egg hunt – At Easter, hide eggs everywhere (near flowers, in a tree hole), give him a basket so he can go hunting and then enjoy his prey!
A huge fourth power – With pieces of wood it is enough to build 6 rows and 7 columns on the lawn. Then either take pebbles of two different colors (light gray and dark grey) or paint them yellow and red like the board game pieces (42 in total). As soon as four pieces of the same color are aligned (horizontally, vertically or diagonally), you win! For a shorter version, opt for the Tic-Tac-Toe (aka Morpion), which consists of aligning three elements (in 3 rows and 3 columns) on the same principle as Power 4.
Leave room for your imagination – By giving him a place just for him, where he can do whatever he wants, such as B. Sowing seeds, getting acquainted with the soil, etc.
A sports course – By creating challenges with pieces of wood, balancing on a large log, climbing a tree to retrieve an object…
gymnastics or yoga sessions – Installed on a floor mat, a moment to learn how to do a headstand or to relax with soft or rhythmic music, depending on your preference.
Reading in a hammock – Hung between two trees, moving left to right will lull it while it grows or just naps, protected from the sun’s rays.
heaven and hell – On level ground, on the terrace or on slabs, he can play hopscotch with chalk.
Off-road musical – There is plenty of space, so why not make it a dance floor? A portable speaker, good music and a few friends with you, you can think of yourself as a real dance floor pro.
An outdoor workshop – Paint all the paints, brushes and easel with a canvas and let’s go for a moment of artistic creation.
Installation for manual creation – On a table you can start crafting a herbarium that he will make in a notebook or embark on a frame workshop with boxes cut into squares and painted in the color of your choice and in the center of which the harvested flowers will be placed , covered with a plate or plastic wrap.
A gift for mom – On the occasion of Mother’s Day, your child can let their imagination run wild for a unique gift made from elements of the garden (flowers, collage with branches, etc.).
A little queen – The flowers will appear again in spring, it’s time to make wreaths! Also the possibility to do it yourself, for example to make carillons or eggs for Easter Monday.
Lunch on the grass – If the weather permits, a beautiful afternoon starts with a picnic in the middle of the plantations with harvests straight from the vegetable patch, before moving on to picking straight from the vegetable patch for dessert.
The return of the bouquets – Daffodils or irises are outside, ready to be picked and assembled in a pretty vase!
A unique exhibition – Your child is always curious and will be happy to show you his finds and learn about their usefulness. Why don’t they suggest gathering them in one place and introducing them to those around them?
Look at life upside down – Lying under a tree, in the shade and in peace, he will concentrate on life that is happening above: observing the clouds, the comings and goings of the birds, the shape of the leaves…
huge bubbles – With a bubble liquid (either store-bought or homemade with four spoonfuls of dishwashing liquid, one spoonful of cornstarch, one spoonful of powdered sugar mixed in a glass of warm water of about 25 cl) to the garden, make the most imposing one with one or more straws Bubble gently transported in the air.
And also the famous “cat and mouse game”, “hide and seek” and other “one-two-three-sun” or set up a swing or tipi to sleep under the stars, weather permitting .