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Spring Time activities for Nannies and Parents

March 17, 2017

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

I have some good news! Spring is here. Finally, we are able to say goodbye to winter. We can start to pack away our winter coats and scarfs and can get excited for the longer days and sunshine.

The first official day of spring this year is March 20th. It is a day much anticipated by many, especially after the cold winter months. Spring doesn’t just bring along sunshine, but also lots of vibrant colour. With new flowers and foliage that arise, it is season that is set to bring a smile to our faces.

Spring also signifies longer days and the start of the lighter mornings and evenings. This is because the clocks ‘spring forward’ and this will occur on the 25th March at 1am. The only downside that comes with the clocks ‘springing forward’ is that it means we lose an hour of precious sleep! Families, parents and nannies, make sure you remember to change your clocks before going to bed the night of the 24th so that when you awake in the morning, you know the correct time.

Spring is such a lovely time of year and especially for families and children. It allows you to come out of hibernation and go for walks, days out or on adventure trips to nature reserves.

Nannies and families, to get your children excited about spring and Easter time, why not encourage them to take part in some fun spring related activities.

Here are a few great ideas for children to take part in:

Spring related Crafts:

Painting

Get messy this spring. A great idea to have some fun is to paint hands, feet and fingers and have a go at making DIY stamps! Have a go and see what shapes you can create.

Cutting and Sticking

Creating flowers by cutting up paper plates

See what you can make with an egg carton. It is a versatile house hold object that can be used for lots of crafts.

Activities for all to get involved with: parents, nannies, families and children…

  • Gardening – Get your children involved with nature and have a go at creating a mini garden. Have a go at growing a selection of flowers or vegetables or have a go at cress.
  • Fly a kite – A classic thing to take part in when the weather gets a little warmer and is something everyone of all ages can enjoy.
  • Have a picnic – Don’t let the weather stop you, if it’s raining, have an indoor picnic – it’s just as fun!
  • Take a trip to the Beach – the odd day may be warm enough to take a trip to the beech!
  • Go on a walk/hike – depending on your children’s age, spring can provide the perfect weather for a walk. A lovely way to spend the day as a family. If you have young children, encourage them to see it as an opportunity to go on an adventure/hunt and see what you can find.
  • Bike Rides – Children love to ride their bikes and this is a fantastic activity to do as a family. Pick your route, pack a picnic and head off out.
  • Baking – A great way to spend time together is by baking.

Here is a simple spring inspired recipe for children to make:

Shredded Wheat Nests:

You will need:

200g of Milk Chocolate

85g of shredded wheat

2 x 100g of mini chocolate eggs

Cupcake cases

All you need to do is:

  • Melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a pan of water (barely simmering).
  • Once the chocolate has melted pour it over the shredded wheat and stir until combined.
  • Spoon the chocolatey mixture into the cupcake cases, press down with the back of a spoon and add some chocolate mini eggs to finish.
  • To complete, chill in the fridge for 2 hours and then enjoy!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2066656/shredded-wheat-nests

To change this recipe up, have a go at using other cereals and seeing which your favorite is.

Nannies and families, now that spring is upon us, make sure you enjoy lots of fun days out and activities. If we are lucky and have some nice sunny spring days, make sure you make the most of it and get out and participate in some outdoors activities.

When we have those, hopefully rare and occasional rainy days, make sure you still have fun and get involved in baking, arts and crafts!

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

Posted by Charlotte Hudson, PA to the Director | Filed Under Activities for Children, Arts and Crafts 

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