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Spring Activities for Toddlers

9 April 2012 One Comment

In her latest Parent Panel post Cathy from NurtureStore shares some wonderful ideas for activities to enjoy with your tots this Spring.

Spring is here and it’s such a lovely time to have a toddler around. There’s lots of fun to be had celebrating the new season with lots of spring-like arts, crafts, games and play. The warmer weather means it’s easier to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and playing in the garden.

Here’s a fiesta of fun-filled spring ideas just right for little kids.

Spring activities for toddlers

Bake some flower cookies. Use this easy cookie recipe, stamp out some flower shapes and let the children use icing pens and sprinkles to add lots of colour and make a batch of spring blooms they can eat.

Use left-over plastic Easter eggs to play this fun colour-sorting game.

Invite your toddler to join in with the spring cleaning. Use these ideas for a child-sized cleaning kit and let your toddler join in with some grown up work.

Use a flower as a paint brush. Choose a fairly robust flower such as a chrysanthemum, set out some saucers of paint and print yourself a spring picture.

Update your sand pit by adding in lots of spring materials to make a pretend potting shed. Add in plant pots, trowels and artificial flowers and your kids can dig and plant their own garden.

And why not grow some real flowers too? Choose large seeds such as sunflowers or pumpkins so they are easy for toddlers to handle and plant them in pots of compost.

Peas and beans are great to start off in a clear plastic glass as your children can watch the roots and shoots appear.

You can make a beautiful flower garden inside too by using sticky-backed plastic and paper cake cases to create a sticky wall garden. The sticky-backed plastic is a great material for kids’ art and they can remove and change bits of the picture when they like, and add in other flowers and animals all through the spring.

Scrunchy tissue paper is a great touchy-feely material for toddler to use too. Choose some spring colours and combine it with a paper plate to make a spring wreath for your front door.

You could talk about all the baby animals being born at this time of year and then make your own lamb or bunny craft – easy designs that very young children can make.

These are some of our favourite spring activities for toddlers. What have you got planned for your children?

 

 

 

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