Mom Monday-Spring Activities For Children To “Grow” Their Motor Skills

3 Apr

A few years back, a really cool trend started “popping” up as a new Easter tradition … planting jelly beans and replacing them with lollipops overnight. This is a really fun way to bring some magic into those young eyes who still believe in the Easter Bunny and other seasonal characters that light up their lives and imaginations around the holidays. Here are some spring activities for children to grow their motor skills.

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For both younger children and older kids alike, spring is an excellent time of year to share with them some of nature’s real magic when it comes to miracles like photosynthesis, teaching them why and how things grow in the real world. Starting a garden is an excellent way to share many valuable lessons with our children that will also help them to grow their motor skills when they:

  • Use gardening tools (plastic shovels are better for toddlers and younger growers)
  • Open seed packets and separate them for planting
  • Are handling and using other gardening tools like watering devices

 

Even if you don’t have enough outdoor area for a larger garden, don’t let this discourage you from growing indoor herbs, planting tomatoes on your patio and other space-saving ways to grow things that can be harvested later on in the year or simply appreciated for their natural beauty.

 

Other Hands-On Projects

Almost any activity that involves using their hands and eyes will help kids to develop better motor skills while having fun at the same time. The folks over at Parenting magazine have published a gardening-inspired guide to some projects that involve kids and planting. But they’re not all about digging in the dirt, some of them connect with nature in different ways, like:

  • A whimsical butterfly feeder
  • Making garden markers for your fruited labors
  • Creating a hotel for earthworms
  • Putting together a bird feeder made from Cheerios ®

 

They also offer some more insight on how to garden in tight spaces using leftover plastic bottles as a home for hanging tomato plants or recycling these same type of containers to use as an outdoor sprinkler or temporary, drip watering system.

 

Surf and Turf, Sand and Land

 

One of my personal favorite playtime activities growing up as a child was found inside my sandbox. I spent countless hours in my little space with what seemed like tons of magical sand underneath my backside. Today you don’t necessarily have to build a specific outdoor arena to store these granules, like my father did for me when I was a kid.

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Discount stores like Walmart ® will happily sell you a variety of these miniature childhood playgrounds that come in all different shapes and sizes. Perhaps the best feature found with many of these items is an accompanying lid to ensure that when covering them up, this will keep out the elements and stop neighboring cats from using them as a gigantic litter box.

 

Make sure to get plenty of accouterments, buckets, pails, shovels and other toys to keep their interest levels peaked and their hands moving. For even more playful possibilities, think about cast-offs from your kitchen, worn out plastic storage devices, old gelatin molds, lids, pots and pans, anything you’re thinking of getting rid of because it has lost its purpose as a food container.

 

Once spring arrives and the temperatures start to rise, as we start the process of seasonal cleaning, our kids are also clearing their minds and bodies of things to do since it’s no longer cold, wet, rainy or even snowing outside. Let’s enlighten them with plenty of activities to keep their minds and bodies full of growth, strength and enlightenment.

 

Guest Post: Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a free-lance Hilary Smithjournalist whose love of gadgets, technology and business has no bounds. After becoming a parent she now enjoys writing about family and parenting related topics and wishes to help parents raise their children to be the best they can be.  Follow her on Twitter!

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