Muddy spring got you down? We are definitely in that pre-green spring season in our backyard. And while I can’t wait to see all the green and everything in bloom, my girls recently reminded me that it is far better to enjoy the season we’re in.
And we are full-on in mud season. It is squishy, cool, scoop-able, and fun for hours!
So this is your reminder from the pen&thimble crew to pull on your mud boots, grab some buckets and shovels, and enjoy this squishy season!
Other activities we are loving this spring:
Bring binoculars and magnifying glasses to admire the buds on the trees and shoots coming up!
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We’ve started a nature table in the mudroom after hearing a friend has one in her house! Our nature table used to be a side catch-all table. Now it is a stick table, I mean Nature Table. 😉
What are your favorite spring activities? I mean right now I’m just loving any excuse to get outdoors! How about you?
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Can science make your kids eat more veggies? Yes! Yes it can!
The other day we did the celery and food coloring experiment. Pretty basic stuff, but it was new to my girls (3 and 5 years old) and I called it a “Celery Science Experiment” with my super enthusiastic voice and they were INTO IT.
To start, we talked about how plants “drink” water, but we can’t see the water travel through the roots and up the stems to the petals or leaves because… water has no color. So maybe if we add dye to the water the plant drinks, we might see how it travels. And we were going to try it with the yellow celery mommy had left over after chopping some up for our special CELERY SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!!
Our Celery Science (and a Snack) Experiment was a success! And our healthy snack felt like such a TREAT! By dinner time, the dye had already started to reach the leaves. SCIENCE IS SO COOL!
We think science is way more fun with accessories (and a snack). Our accessories pictured above can be found here:
Sooo… We’re here in that not-so-fun part of winter. December is all about twinkle lights and hoping for snow and crackling fires and magic!! Come mid-January, however, we’re cooped up, rolling in muddy snow piles, we’re itching for spring and prolonged outdoor time that is still so far away and kids are getting “bored.”
But I have some game suggestions for those cooped up yucky days with bored preschoolers and toddlers. These are my favorite because they promote cooperation, creativity, and cognitive skills!
Most of all, these games are seriously so fun! And this not an ad, these are just games we all love playing together! Happy kids, happy parents, happy family time! I’ve shared Amazon links to my suggestions below, but look for these at your local toy store first!
Obstacles by Eeboo – Ages 5+
We’re all pretty much obsessed with this game. The premise is that you are trying to get home and there are path cards with obstacles on them. And you have “tool” cards that you use in creative ways to overcome an obstacle. We have so much fun being creative and very silly. My 5-year-old even made her own obstacle cards — a snow storm, leaf tower, and meteor shower.
Stone Soup by Peaceable Kingdom – Ages 5+
It’s basically a memory game but cuter! You match soup ingredients and then put the matches in the soup pot to cook them up! The trick is to find all the matches before you overturn ten “fire out” cards. Once the fire is out, you can’t cook the soup anymore! The game also includes the story of stone soup. We like to play the game and then read the story after.
Melissa and Doug Wooden Board Puzzles – Ages 18mo+
Fun for my 2-year-old especially, but my 5-year-old joins in the fun too! And the puzzles are sturdy and made of wood, so they are easy for kids to manipulate. Puzzle play without the frustration of bent pieces. We’re game!
What games do you guys like to play? How else do you play/connect on these cooped up winter days? Tell me in the comments below or pop on over to @penandthimble on Instagram to tell me how you play indoors on these winter days.