Now that the weather is turning warmer, it’s a great time to get everyone outdoors for some adventure and creative play. If you’re already planning to work in the garden, get older children involved by putting out bird feeders, and planting native flowers and shrubs that attract wildlife. Butterflies love asters, hollyhock, lupine and milkweed. Hummingbirds love anything red. The Audubon Society has a wealth of information for encouraging wildlife: audubonathome.org/yard.
Keep little ones busy with a bucket of water and a paint brush. Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers can “paint” to their hearts content on sidewalks or driveways with a wet brush and there is no worry about clean-up afterwards. Add a bit of food coloring to make water colors.
Make clean up fun by collecting sticks and twigs and using them to make tipi’s, houses or for writing out messages. Make a tic tac toe board and use rocks for O’s and twigs or leaves for X’s.