Playing in the backyard with my girls is always an adventure. On good days I can just have fun with them, not worry about the chores, cleaning or maintenance that I could be doing outside and instead just play. Playing with them allows me to see their discoveries and discover with them.
Like a teeny tiny little river.
Tiny little green growth. YAY SPRING!
Or animal tracks that come from no where and go no where (later explained to be a bird!).
Today's backyard activities also including the building of this little guy!
Remember the rain gauge? It holds water and works great! Sam was bummed that we didn't get to one though.
We also put some new toys out in the girls playhouse. These are projects that we made a long time ago and have not been played with much because normally they live underneath the deck. As most parents know, giving a toy a new home can often increase the amount it is played with or change the way that it is played with. Hoping that will be the case with these toys.
Already today Avery had a great time getting out of the snow and into the playhouse to check out the "new" toys.
And probably Sam's favorite part of the afternoon was puddle jumping on our patio!
A great afternoon was had by all in the warm sunshine and melting snow!
The Nitty Gritty!
Are you seeing signs of spring yet? Sam, Avery and I sat for quite a while today listening to the robins that have appeared in our backyard. I told Sam all about the long journey that they make every year to get away from the cold. She thought that is was "neat". Not sure that she really understood BUT she did say that she has heard robins before on our Identiflier and remembered what they sounded like. Again, probably not, but making the connection between the "toy" and the real thing is still very cool.
We have also seen and heard Sandhill Cranes over our house in the last few days which is another sign of spring for us. The turkey vultures are starting to re-appear too.
I don't know too much about phenology and what other migratory animals/birds to be looking for but the few that I do know always make me feel so much better when I see them in the spring.
Watching for signs of spring (any season change) is a great way to get kids involved in noticing the little things about being outside. Getting them to listen for new sounds, look for new things or smell new things. At this age it is just all about teaching them how to observe, how to really "see" what is around them and appreciate it. While the seasons change can be a really neat time to slow down and really start exploring your yard and neighborhood. (more on this another day...)
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One more thing for this really long post. Check back tomorrow for more information about the "How Disposable is Your Life? Day" that we are going to host soon and the "Zero-Waste Day" that will be hosting shortly after that.