Spring and Insects

Spring is finally here!

Happy spring day to all my moms, I’m sure we are all dying to throw those scarves and boots as far into the back of the cupboard as possible.

Songs of the spring insects will be heard with every breath of the newly flowering buds. In the Karoo it’s quite a magical thing to witness the change in the season. It’s so beautiful that I could nearly forget about all those freezing winter mornings that Cloudy and Dusty didn’t want to come out of their warm, snuggly doghouse and one could only see their little noses pop out under their blanket.

Take a second to realise how much has changed since last spring mom: new teeth, new words, new favourite games. So much growth and development to be proud of!

I know it’s been a grueling winter, trying to keep your tots noses clean and hands dry but now is the most magical time of year to enjoy some fun learning with your little one, as you introduce them to a world of bugs and flowers.

All the creepy crawlies and the flying, slugging and buzzing parts of spring will either be a source of total amazement and intrigue for your little one or a source of pure terror. Embrace both. I once worked with a child who was so obsessed with slugs and caterpillars, she used to stick them on her arm and let them crawl up. She claimed they were racing. Her curiosity helped some of the other kids find it easier to deal with. I would suggest keeping Google handy, some of the questions around bugs may be as hilarious as they are genuinely confusing.

In keeping with this months lovely spring theme here are a few activities to enjoy with your tot.

Insect Tray

What you will need:

  • Tray
  • Sand
  • Plastic insect figurines
  • Plastic magnifying glass

Place the sand into the tray with the bugs on top and even in the sand and let your tot find all of them while look through the magnifying glass.

Feed the Busy Bugs

What you will need:

  • Jelly
  • Plastic insect figurines

Explain to your tot that these bugs need to be fed, but first they must collect all the jelly for their queen.

Flower crafts

What you will need:

  • Paint
  • Buttons
  • Cotton Wool
  • Round Stickers
  • Cardboard cut outs of leaves
  • Cupcake holders

Paint a few lines for the stem of your flower and let your tot choose how they want their spring flower to look. Show them how to make one first and let their creativity go wild.

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