With spring and the Easter holidays on the horizon, here are some ideas on how to get your kids outside at this time of year:
* Easter egg hunt: look in your local newspaper to see if there is an egg hunt happening near you. If not, make up your own: you can buy buckets with several small, hollow eggs, or buy a selection of caramel, chocolate or cream-filled eggs that are always around at this time of year, then simply hide them outside, invite some friends around and let the kids go hunting!
It’s a good idea to let younger ones hunt first, and keep some eggs back to replace found ones so that everyone gets a turn. If you don’t want them to have too much chocolate, set up a series of questions and clues for the hunt part, and reward everyone with a single egg at the end.
* A lovely way to help children appreciate nature in all its glory is to go flower spotting in early spring. Take a book with you so you can identify all the new leaves and flowers you see beginning to emerge.