Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
What could be more perfect for Mother’s Day than a bouquet of flowers hand picked by one’s own little explorers? For me, only one thing: Going along with the kids to enjoy the picking.
When it comes to taking things from nature, we limit our choices to only those items that are already plentiful (and not poisonous!). Beyond our backyard, there are a few spots in our neighborhood where flowers grow aplenty, so that’s where we focused our search.
The best part of looking for the perfect flowers is noticing all of the little things along the way. Like the bees taking nectar from gorgeous passion flowers like this one.
And the butterfly flitting through the air as we spotted these inviting red lovelies.
We stopped several times during our flower gathering to smell, touch, observe and talk. The big explorer enjoyed the treasures he gathered for our bouquet; I enjoyed the time we spent together picking. Talk about win-win.
- Beware of bees and other critters. Before picking a flower, check to make sure you aren’t disturbing creatures of any kind.
- Pick with purpose. To make it a little more fun for older kids, challenge them to find flowers of a certain color or size. Or try naming each flower you pick.
More Ideas for Spring Outdoor Fun
- Scare up some skeletons from sticks, Creative STAR
- Create a nature I-Spy book, Our Wild Corner
- Build your own mud sculpture, Casa Maria’s Creative Learning Zone
- Grow something in eggshell planters, The Magnifying Glass
- Or check out one of these 32 ideas for spring backyard nature fun.
And don’t forget! Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to head outdoors with the family for some extra-special time in nature. No one at my house is hinting what we’ll be up to, but spending time together outside is about as good as it gets!