Exploring Outdoors PostThis week Exploring Outdoors post is Hunting for Spring in our garden. Last week I posted about our adventures in the snow in our garden where temperatures were -4 degrees centigrade. A week later and we’ve been out today and the thermometre is reading 13 degrees centigrade what a difference a week makes.

So we’ve been looking for Spring as we know it’s just around the corner and J and I have spent some time looking at pictures of signs of spring as well as reading our outdoor book link this week.

First plants of spring
Our first sign of Spring in our garden

Armed with a camera and 2 children we spent a little time looking for flowers and buds around the garden and most of the time either transfering stones from one location to another or jumping in our water filled sand pit.

Spring Crocus
J spotted our first flower of spring - shouting at me YELLOW (well NELLOW!) across the garden

J spotted the first flower of Spring in the garden – a little yellow crocus hidden in the leaves at the back of the garden. He was so excited to see it although a little disappointed that it wasn’t a white snow drop like in his book.

Baby playing with stones helping to develop fine motor skills
T used some of her indoor play in the garden and transferred stones from our edging to the deck and back again

T played with the stones on our edging of the lawn and kept moving stones from there to the deck and then back again – using her indoor play in the garden.

Jumping in puddles
J found puddles to jump in - well more accurately he discovered his sand pit filled with water

J couldn’t resist jumping up and down in his water in the sand pit and I couldn’t resist taking lots of picture of him doing it – this is my favourite as can see all the water drops as well.

Our book link this week is Here Comes Jack Frost – this is a really good tie in with the end of winter and looking at spring – it revisits all the winter activities that J has been experiencing and reading about this season and then right at the end introduces Spring – just as we have on our Hunt for Spring today.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. LOVE hunting for spring. I can’t wait to find that book. We had to bury some of plants back in the ground recently because they came up too soon. Hoping we will get spring in the next few weeks though and the plants will safely be able to emerge and not freeze!
    Sharing your post as my feature! Should be up later tonight.
    Thanks for linking up to the outdoor play party.

  2. So happy that spring is finally here. Looks like your kids are having great fun. Thanks for sharing this new to me book on Book Sharing Monday.

  3. Cerys what a lovely activity – think my favourite pic is the snad/water puddle too! I love waiting for the tulips ot come back up & the willow to get its little buds. Thanks again for linking up, Kierna

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