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, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


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