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Celebrate SPRING with Your Family

Celebrate SPRING with Your Family

by Kas Winters, Mother of Family Ideas™

 

Kas Winters

“Spring is sprung. The grass is ris’. I wonder where the flowers is.” I can still remember my mother repeating those words each year about this time. She was a good one for celebrating life in a myriad of simple ways throughout every day. This is a season of new growth, blooming, renewing, and restoration. It’s a perfect time for reviving our spirits and bringing family members together to celebrate life.

It’s hard for me to think of spring without picturing Tigger, the character in “Winnie the Pooh,” bouncing around all over the place. If you have young children, read about Tigger and pick up on his vibrant energy. Giggling is encouraged! Go outdoors and look for signs of spring like new leaves on trees, blossoms, and flowers. (If you are still having winter weather, have hope. Spring is on it’s way.) A favorite activity for us is to take a drive to see desert wildflowers. They should be plentiful this year because we’ve had a pleasant amount of rain. Listen to the birds sing. Look through binoculars and see if you can identify any of the birds you find. Depending on where you live, robins are a traditional sign of spring. Encourage children to look at nature with a magnifying glass. View leaves, flowers, bugs, spider webs, ant hills, and rocks. Fly a kite and feel the wind.

In many places it is a time to begin gardening. Even if you don’t have a garden, give a child a flower pot with soil and seeds, and let them plant something. Flowers are lovely. Radishes grow quickly. Leaf lettuce is easy. You can even plant a sweet potato in a jar of water by suspending it with a few toothpicks. Watching things grow gives all of us a special sense of accomplishment. Encourage a child to be responsible for watering their plant. Caring for living things is one way to instill a sense of nurturing in children. It’s a special sense of accomplishment and might even change the types of food they enjoy. (We’ve seen children, who didn’t like radishes, eat the ones they grew.)

We have many reasons to celebrate this month. Each one provides unique opportunities for creative family interaction.

Bring out the green for St. Patrick’s Day. Read Irish literature such as Gulliver’s Travels, Limericks, or stories about fairies and “The Little People.” Use your imagination to make up your own “tall tales.” Play Irish music and dance a jig. (This can really be fun, especially with younger children.) Use the tunes for a game of “hot potato” by passing a potato around from one person to another while playing music. At some point, stop the music. The person holding the potato when the music stops is out of the game until the next round. The last person in the game wins. Draw pictures of rainbows complete with pots of gold. Prepare Irish food for dinner, or add green food coloring to clear drinks or mashed potatoes. May the “Luck O’ the Irish” make your family time together a precious memory.

March 19th is the feast of another saint—St. Joseph. Provide scrap pieces of wood with tools and see what children can build. (Oversee for safety.) For younger children, play with wooden blocks. Let imaginations rule and take pictures of the results!

Spring cleaning is another sort of family activity, and one that can teach children to organize toys, books, clothes, and other things. Showing them how to clean is a good idea too. Something most of us enjoy is seeing dramatic results when we take something really dirty and clean it well. There’s a real sense of satisfaction when we see the difference.

Passover begins on March 26th. Those who celebrate this occasion can get children involved in making charoset—a delightful mixture of apples, almonds, raisins, and cinnamon. This represents the sweet things in life. The Seder meal is a time for telling the story of Passover and teaching it to each new generation—a time to remember and renew.

March is “National Craft Month.” Find an Easter craft and make it together or have family members put their own personal artistic touch on any project. Color Easter eggs together. We’ve had fun by placing a couple of rubber bands around a hard-boiled egg and dipping it into a light color of egg dye. After it has color on it, add another rubber band or two and dip it into a darker shade of dye. Repeat if desired. Dry the egg and remove the rubber bands. Lovely! There are several pages with Easter ideas on my site. See the Easter Directory link below to find these.

To access more family fun ideas, my family guide, Mother Lode has over 5,000 activities for children: http://www.everythingfamily.net/motherlode.htm There are also free March and St. Patrick’s Day ideas at: http://www.everythingfamily.net/marchholidays.htm. Find spring family activities here:  http://www.everythingfamily.net/springactivities.htm. Take a look at the Easter Directory: http://www.everythingfamily.net/easterdirectory.htm. It has ideas with links to several different Easter activity pages. My home page, http://www.everythingfamily.net has directories for family activities and for family-related activity books, children’s story books, and titles for parents too.

 

Kas Winters, “Mother of Family Ideas”

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