Ok, so I know that technically spring does not start for another twenty days, but I am impatient and I can’t wait that long! Our winter shelf has had me itching for change since the shoots and flowers of early spring started to appear, and our focus outside has shifted from frost and pinecones to buds and bulbs.
I wanted to share with you a few of the ways in which we will be celebrating spring and using it as inspiration for our activities.
Every season I update this shelf in Frida’s room. Because we have a (very active and inquisitive!) cat, we can’t set up a proper nature table, so this shelf is my compromise.
On Frida’s spring shelf I have put:
- Spring by Gerda Muller. Frida loves this simple, wordless book – the illustrations are gorgeous, and there’s lots to discuss!
- Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies. This book is so beautiful, and takes the reader through all the seasons. We love it.
- Spring by Shirley Hughes (From her Nursery Collection, which remains one of my best ever purchases!)
- Holztiger tit, chicks, hen, hare
- Found bird’s nest
- Seasonal flowers and blossom
- Small figure
- Rainbow playsilk
We have already spent the last few weeks looking at crocuses, daffodils, blossom, and the buds which are starting to appear on the trees. Although winter is still here (and at times it really feels like it!), spring proper is definitely not far away.
To celebrate spring over the next few weeks and months we will be:
- Reading seasonal books together. I’ve put away our winter books and swapped in a few spring ones. I’ll keep adding to our collection though so I would love your recommendations!
- Going outside, playing outside, eating outside. Puddle jumping, mud squelching, water splashing. Enjoying the flowers that are starting to pop up, continuing our regular trips to the park to see what has sprung up since our last visit a few days ago, eagerly watching as new flowers peek through each time we visit. Going outside a lot is something we do all year round but in spring this is especially magical.
- Talking of flowers, I’d quite like to do some flower-pressing with Frida, and I’m planning on setting up some simple flower arranging for her too as she’s expressed an interest in doing so.
- Using these fantastic Usborne flower cards to expand Frida’s knowledge and vocabulary around flowers. I’ve only just given them to her and they are already proving to be a hit.
- Doing some simple gardening. Planting a few bulbs and planting a few seeds together, so Frida can learn first-hand how plants grow. This book by Gerda Muller looks like it will be a wonderful companion.
- Visiting city farms more regularly again. The city farms tend to be quieter over the winter (and the ones near us close their cafes which I find very offputting) but spring is a perfect time to visit farms. Hopefully Frida will see some chicks!
- Dipping for frogspawn, and learning about the frog life cycle.
- Making and giving May Day posies.
- Celebrating Frida’s second birthday in April, and my 29th in May.
- Painting eggs.
- Easter baking. Buns, breads. Yum.
- Visiting bluebell woods as a family, and generally planning lots of outdoor day trips to some of the beautiful nature reserves, woods, forests, and outdoor spaces we are lucky to live near.
Whilst Frida is still young I think we will be going by calendar seasons as it makes it a bit easier for her to remember them.
I’m sure I will add lots to this list over the coming weeks, and I’ve just ordered this brilliant looking book which I am certain will provide lots of inspiration for years to come! How are you planning on celebrating spring?