Yesterday was the first day of Spring. I’m thankful that nothing can change the arrival of the seasons, they happen on their own and change every year. It is encouraging because it keeps things moving and if you don’t like a season you know that in a few months the seasons will change again. I love spring because of all the cheerful colors that appear, the overwhelming signs of life everywhere, the baby animals, and the return to life from all of us who really don’t like winter. It’s also a big sign of hope for the US as we struggle with this virus and the abrupt halt that has come to much of our world. The past week has been a very crazy one, so today I thought we’d celebrate a little spring life and talk about bringing spring to life in your home.
Spring does mean that we’re getting closer to the end of the school year, so it’s a great time to get more creative with educating your kids when they’re starting to get a little antsy with traditional learning. Tons of organizations and companies like zoos, Explore.org, and Scholastic just to name a few, have opened up some resources for free, and have other resources like live video that are always available. I’ve also seen museums that offer virtual tours, and that can be a great way to visit place around the world without even leaving your couch. Giving kids the opportunity to explore topics that interest them means that they’ll be more likely to do the work and keep learning, and you might learn something too.
Spring is also a great time to get outdoors more, whether it’s on your front steps or in the back yard or hiking in the woods. Yes, physical activity is encouraged, but so is getting crafty and creative and even reading, as long as you’re outside enjoying the fresh air. So go ahead and plant a garden or a garden box, do finger paints, paint the house, color a picture, read a book or magazine, do a puzzle, or do a craft with your favorite medium outside. Craft companies like Joann and Michaels have craft ideas posted on their websites, and of course Pinterest is a great resource for all things creative if you need ideas.
Finally, make sure you make time to breathe new life into your world. Maybe we can’t all be out doing what we usually do to welcome in spring, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our usual (or better than usual) spring cleaning, plant new plants, open our windows or turn over a new leaf in our lives. In fact, the disruption that is happening in our world could help many of us finally make the decisions and changes that we’ve been putting off.
What will you do with this new spring?