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Celebrate Spring from Home – Explore the Outdoors

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There are so many things that you can do when it's nature and you!

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed most of our spring plans, there are still plenty of ways to get engaged and have fun. Welcome the changing season from the comfort of your home, yard or neighborhood. Grab your rain boots, gardening gloves or favorite book and take advantage of the changing temperatures!

Things you can do at home to celebrate Spring and enjoy nature:

Take a walk or bike ride – observe the natural world as you make your way through the woods or neighborhood.

  • Senses walk: Use your senses to experience spring. Smell the flowers and grass. Listen to birds chirping.
  • Shape scavenger hunt: Look closely and you'll find shapes all around you. Bonus points for spotting 3D shapes such as a cube, cylinder or sphere.
  • Color walk: Find items for every color in the rainbow (Remember, it's ROYGBIV).
  • ABC walk: Look for items that start with each letter of the alphabet.
  • Learn about trees: Identify trees by their leaves, bark, seeds and branches.
  • Nighttime walk: Listen for nocturnal creatures, such as bats and owls.
  • Make a masterpiece: Collect items on your walk to create art.
  • Plant a garden – connect with the wonder of nature by showing your child that a tiny seed can grow into a plant. Keep this simple by planting an herb garden or planting in containers.

    Start a compost pile – composting your food waste will reduce the amount of waste you send to a landfill and, once it fully decomposes, you’re left with incredibly rich fertilizer you can use in your garden.

    Play in the rain – put on your rain gear and play in puddles! See who can make the biggest splash. Make mud pies – don't be afraid to get dirty. Collect rain in different containers and listen to the sounds of raindrops as they hit a metal, plastic or glass container.

    Conservation stroll – on the next walk around your neighborhood, take a trash bag and gloves with you and clean up debris along the road or sidewalk.

    Catch the wind – create a wind sock, kite or pinwheel, and learn all about the wind. As you're crafting, ask your kids questions: Can you see the wind on a windy day? How do you know it's there? What did it sound like? What did it feel like? Get more ideas on learning about the wind from Curious George.

    Watch for wildlife – make a bird feeder and go bird watching. Look under a rock or log for creepy crawlies. Spy a spider weaving its web. Watch squirrels playing atop trees. Search for animal tracks.

    Go on a picnic – spring is the perfect time for a picnic. Bring a blanket and some delicious sandwiches or snacks. Turn it into a “booknic” by bringing along books.

    While we may be celebrating spring differently this year, help reduce our carbon footprint and enjoy the outdoors. For more great ideas about celebrating spring, visit PBS Parents.

    Are you welcoming spring by doing something on our list? Let us know! Post a photo of how you’re celebrating on social media and tag Arkansas PBS.