Spring is nearly here!

It is nearly spring

Spring is nearly here!  Do you take your children on walks? Why not take them on a spring walk and make it a multi-sensory experience? What do you have nearby that you could explore?

  • A bluebell wood.  A fantastic experience for sight and sound. 
  • A farm:
    • lambs for the children to see and maybe feed
    • farm shop with the new spring vegetables.
  • Hedgerow walk.  Looking at different changes to the hedgerow.
  • If you live in a city go to a park where there are trees and bushes

Then get the children to use as many of the sense as they can during and after the walk.

Smell - How does spring smell different to winter? 

  • Let the children smell the blossom and other spring flowers.  
  • The air smells different in spring (well I always think it does!): a fresh smell!
  • The British vegetables that are available during spring

Tasting British spring vegetables,

... rather than buying the imported vegetables.  You may like to make a soup from the vegetables that you purchase.  Here is a list of British vegetables that will soon be available:

  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Jersey Royal New Potatoes
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Radishes
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Spring Greens
  • Spring Onion
  • Watercress

The above information came from the British Food Fortnight page.  If you are interested to read more please click here. If the farm you are visiting has a farm shop you could purchase them from there.

What sounds do you associate with spring? 

On the walk ask the children to stop and listen to what they can hear:

  • Birds.
    • Blackbirds
    • Blue tit
    • Chaffinch
    • Cuckoo
    • Great tit
    • House sparrow
    • Nightingale
    • Song thrush....
    • To hear what the different birds sound like please click here You may also like to take a look on the RSPB page please click here
  • Baby animals: lambs, calves...

Maybe take photos to remind the children of what they saw and heard when they get back to your setting. 


  • the flowers: blossom, daffodils, tulips...  (ensure the children wash their hands after touching flowers).   
  • if you visit a farm they may allow you to feed the lambs.
  • the different spring vegetables that you have purchased...

Looking at all the different changes in colour. 

Talk about how different it is to winter: brown and green. Spring: yellow, red, green, blues… (daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, bluebells…)

If you would like more ideas take a look at the Wildlife Watch page.  It has lots of ideas about spotting spring is on its way.  Please click here to view

Have fun!

Anne :)


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