Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Inspired Activities

Spring's a variable season;
First comes zephyr mild and meek,
Then the east wind nips the blossom,
Sun and show'r play hide and seek.

Spring's a sweet and merry season,
Spring with garlands decks the thorn,
Fills the grove with songs of joyance,
Then the lamb and colt are born.

~ Excerpt from "Seasons" by Sara Coleridge

Spring is my favorite season (next to fall!). The great outdoors are blooming with life and have seemed to awaken after their winter slumber. Venture outside with your family and enjoy some of these activities together:

  • Prepare the soil together and plant a family garden.
  • Take your family on local historical home tours (this is a great time to go since most historical homes have no air conditioner and it could get pretty stuffy inside in the summer).
  • Go out on a weekly nature walk.

  • Go bird watching (many nature parks offer bird watching tours and hikes).
  • Make a bird feeder for your back yard or paint some bird feeders together. Watch the wildlife come to you as you help to feed and house them.

  • Go on a family picnic when the weather warms.
  • Pick some wildflowers and other natural objects to display in your home.

  • Read together some spring inspired picture books:

A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (Illustrated by Tasha Tudor is my favorite!)

From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

A Packet of Seeds by Deborah Hopkinson

  • Read some spring inspired poetry:

Written in March
The cock is crowing, 
The stream is flowing, 
The small birds twitter, 
The lake doth glitter 
The green field sleeps in the sun; 
The oldest and youngest 
Are at work with the strongest; 
The cattle are grazing, 
Their heads never raising; 
There are forty feeding like one! 

Like an army defeated 
The snow hath retreated, 
And now doth fare ill 
On the top of the bare hill; 
The plowboy is whooping- anon-anon: 
There's joy in the mountains; 
There's life in the fountains; 
Small clouds are sailing, 
Blue sky prevailing; 
The rain is over and gone!

~ William Wordsworth

"Wisdom comes with all we see,
God writes His lessons in each flower,
And ev'ry singing bird or bee
Can teach us something of His power."
 ~ Unknown
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