Together Time Tuesday: Springtime Activities
Hooray, Spring is finally here!! After such a long, cold winter we’re thrilled to finally spend time outside and we bet you and baby are too! To help celebrate the arrival of the new season, check out these fun activities for you and your little one. Happy Spring!
Help baby discover rainbows and the colors of spring with these simple activities:
Create a Rainbow Crayon
Take three (or more) colorful crayons and tape them together. Show baby how coloring with this “special” crayon makes multi-colored lines, like a rainbow. Then guide baby’s hand with the crayon, to create a picture with rainbow-like lines.
I Spy . . . a Rainbow!
Play the “I Spy” game, searching for rainbows! A great way to do this is take your little one outside and blow bubbles. Point out all the rainbows in the bubbles. Another fun activity requires a small mirror, a clear glass and some water. Fill the glass three-quarters with water. Then place the mirror in the water and set the glass somewhere in your house where the sun can shine through the glass and hit the mirror. Move the mirror until you see a reflection of a rainbow on a wall or ceiling, and watch baby stare at it in amazement.
Another wonderful way to help baby discover spring is by introducing them to gardening! Check out these planting ideas below:
A very simple and easy planting activity to start with uses carrots. Simply cut off some carrot tops and place them in a dish with pebbles. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the carrot. Hide the dish in a place where there is not too much sun and where baby can’t get to it. A few days later have your little one “find” the dish and they will be amazed at the difference! The carrot tops will have begun to sprout into plants.
A fun gardening activity is creating a grass head together with your little one. To start, help her spoon a grass seed into the foot of a stocking and then put potting soil on top of the seed. Tie a knot in the stocking and be sure to leave the excess fabric hanging. Next, fill a yogurt container halfway with water and place the stocking head on top with the nylon tail in the water. Glue googly eyes to the “head” and draw on a mouth with permanent marker. Have your older children decorate the yogurt container and voila! Your grass “head” is complete. Baby will love checking out the progress as the “hair” grows everyday and your little grass guy will last for months!