Spring Into Fun!

Spring is a wonderful time of year – a time for growth and a time to start something new.  There are many activities you and your child can enjoy while playing outside together.  These games and activities will encourage their growth and development in a variety of different areas.

Play Games: Teach your child some of the games you played as a child (freeze tag, hide-and-seek, Frisbee, catch, etc). These games will help your child with their motor skills (running, squatting down to hide behind bushes, balance, coordination, etc) and teach them the importance of rules and following directions.

Build a Birdfeeder:  Make a birdfeeder.  This doesn’t have to be complicated, but it can be a great memory maker for you and your child.  After making the birdfeeder, you and your child can enjoy seeing all the birds in your backyard.   This activity will help your child with following directions and sequencing events.  

Fly a Kite:  This simple activity can bring a lot of fun and joy to your child.  Let them pick out their own kite and put it together (with some help if needed).  Go to the park and enjoy the fun you’ll have when the wind picks up the kite.  You’ll child will love it!  Plus, building and flying kites works on following directions, sequencing, fine and gross motor skills!

Host a Garage Sale:  This can be a lot of fun for kids.  Allow them to choose items (toys, games, movies, clothes, etc) they would like to sell at the garage sale.  Older children can help price the items and keep track of the money.  Hosting a garage sale is a great way to work on language skills, counting, handling money and social interactions. Items not bought at the garage sale can be donated to non-profit organizations, schools or other community service organizations to teach your child the joy of giving.

Visit a Local Farmer’s Market:  Shopping at a local farmer’s market is a great way to teach children about healthy foods.  Encourage your child to pick items from the market and then involve them in the menu planning.  Encourage them to taste and try new foods – foods they pick out and help prepare.   Exploring new foods will work on introducing new tastes and textures and encouraging positive interactions with food.  Plus, making a menu and planning the meals works on sequencing, following directions and math skills to measure the necessary ingredients.

Visit a Farm or Zoo: Take some time to plan a day at the farm or zoo.  Your child will love seeing the animals and learning all about them.  A trip to the farm or zoo is a great way to build language and vocabulary skills.

There are a lot of things you can do with your child this spring. The most important thing to remember is that spending quality time with you is fun for your child and helps carry-over a variety of skills into daily activities.  Plus, quality time together makes memories that will last a lifetime!   Have fun!

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