I know, I know. It’s not officially Spring. But here in Michigan, this past week has felt so Spring-like. We’ve played outside every single day and gone without jackets. We’ve splashed in puddles and went on long walks.
There are so many things about spring that I don’t like. The allergies that plague our household. How everything is wet and the kids get every inch of them covered in mud/dirt when we play outside…brand new white canvas hightops are not a good idea. The weather that is sort of nice, but not nice enough to wear sandals and short sleeves and not be cold. The way you get tricked into wanting to wear spring clothes, but then when you step out of the house for church bare legged and don’t have time to run back in and change you curse the spring fashion and just want to throw your Sorel boots and thick tights on…wait, is that just me?
I love making bucket lists for summer and fall–my two favorite seasons, but I think I need to embrace springtime a little bit more, so I decided to make a bucket list for our Toddlers this Spring to enjoy, in Michigan.
Visit the Easter Bunny. Somerset Mall has an amazing set up for Easter, if you’re local to metro Detroit, you need to go. I can’t wait to see how the kids are going to react to the big bunny this year.
Egg Decorating. I still haven’t decided which method we should use this year. We dyed eggs last year and then the year before that I did this mess free method with two year old Eli. My girl is a such a mess, but she loves all things creative. So maybe there will be a nice enough day where we can dye eggs outside, in just a diaper…
Egg Hunt. My kids are sort of spoiled, and are going to have 3 egg hunts this year for Easter.
Visit the Zoo. I love taking the kids to the Zoo in the summer, and since we still have a couple months left in our Detroit Zoo membership from last year, we’ll need to visit a couple times before school is out.
Plant Wildflowers. Elijah has been so interested in science-y stuff lately. He was talking about how flowers grow and open and bloom, so I think he will be totally into planting seeds this year. I know just the spot in my yard where a slew of wildflowers would be perfection.
Family Bike Rides. We have some nice trails in our area, but we never really took advantage of them last year since we were busy with the whole moving into a new house thing.
Fly a Kite. Four should be old enough to fly a kite, right? I think we flew kites with the kids last year…but I really don’t remember it.
Ice Cream for Dinner. Because when Erma’s Frozen Custard opens in April, this mama doesn’t want to cook dinner, just eat the custard for dinner. (Toasted coconut is the weekly special April 18-24. You’re welcome.)
Trip to the Farmer’s Market. I try every year to go to the local farmer’s market a couple times a month, but it never really happens. I think we only went twice last spring and summer. My toddlers love that we let them each pick out something to eat while we’re there, and then something to cook later, for dinner. Plus, the Rochester Farmer’s Market usually has animals for the kids to pet.
Jump in Puddles. We love to get on our wellies and jump in all of the puddles.
Take a Walk in the Rain. Carrying an umbrella is such a fun thing for toddlers, fun and slightly dangerous…but I just make sure they aren’t near each other, for poking reasons.
Plant a Veggie Garden. I read an article, that I can’t find now, that explained how when your kids help with a veggie garden they are more likely to eat the vegetables. Since my four year old only eats vegetables when he has to, I’m interested to see if he would really willingly try vegetables from his garden.
Visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. We are so excited for the LEGOLAND Discovery Center to open here in Michigan, on March 25. I haven’t even told Elijah because I know he would ask multiple times a day what time we are going. It looks like it is going to be a pretty awesome place to take him for the day.
We sure have a lot of fun to cram into our Spring this year, we better get started!
What did I miss? Is there something you do with your kids every single spring? Have you successfully planted a vegetable garden with toddlers? Let me know in the comments!