A celebration of spring

The coming of spring always makes us think of new beginnings.

The days are getting longer and there are bursts of colour from the daffodils and blossoming trees. Signs of new life are arriving in nesting boxes, on farms and in garden ponds. We know that Spring is well and truly here. It is a great time of year to get busy with your child, especially after a long winter of restrictions brought about by the COVID pandemic.

Now that the weather is warming up, we want to encourage families to get outdoors, have some fun and enjoy learning together, using everything that Jersey has to offer.

We have put together some activities, resources and videos to give you some ideas. You will also find more resources on our pages for 3 to 5 year olds and 5 to 11 year olds.

 

'All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.' - An Indian Proverb

The great outdoors is coming into bloom

Across the lanes, banks, woodland and valleys in Jersey you can see all the trees and other plants coming to life.

If you have a young child, the outdoor environment presents so much to explore. Here are some ideas you may wish to consider when you get the chance to spend some time together this springtime.

Parent permission will be required for the YouTube videos.

Walking

Nature hunts are a great way to get your child interested in everything around them.

In spring, as nature starts to wake up, there is so much to see. Help your child to notice leaves coming into bud, bulbs growing, flowers and blossoms developing. Encourage them to use their senses to feel the softness of moss, the stickiness of a leaf bud, or the smell of the flowers. You may be lucky enough to find a piece of a bird's egg that has fallen to the ground or see some toad spawn in a pond. Talk with your child about how spring is different to the other seasons.

Here are some links that may help:

Outdoor activities for Spring: Early Years

7 great outdoor activities to welcome in Spring: Early Years

Spring flower identification card

Seasons for kids: What happens in Spring?

Toad monitoring in Jersey

Creative ways with Willow - visit the amazing toad structure in Waterwork's Valley

Wildlife sightings - explore Jersey's wildlife and get closer to nature

Jersey's parks and gardens

Access to the countryside

Self-guided walks in Jersey

Fun activities to do in your garden - or anywhere else in the big outdoors

All about Spring: Key Stage 2

What is Spring? Key Stage 1

15 fun Spring break activities for children

Fun Spring activities for kids

National Trust Jersey outdoor activities

National Trust Jersey indoor activities

 

Gardening and growing

Spring is a great time for starting to grow things yourself.
You don't need a garden to begin planting. A windowsill is often a great place to begin the growth of seeds. Growing things together allows your child to talk with you about the changes that they see. They begin to understand what plants need to grow and to join in with caring for them too.
Have a look at these YouTube videos to get some ideas for growing a range of fruits, vegetables and seeds at home without a garden:

How to grow fruit and vegetables at home: No garden necessary

How to make a grass head

Easy to grow project for kids

How to grow a bean plant in a jar

 

Reading in the great outdoors

There are lots of stories and books about animals, springtime and growing things.

If you are travelling somewhere in a car, sitting in a park or on the beach, there is always a time when you can pick up a book or listen to a story with your child. Here are some book lists to give you ideas, as well as some online stories that you may want to share together:

Spring for kids: animals in spring

Peep and the big wide world: Spring thing

The very hungry caterpillar

When spring comes

The tiny seed

The thing about spring

Book list: gardening and growing

Book list: Spring book selection

Book list: Life cycles

 

More about farming

Jersey is well known for its farming and fishing communities, and we are so luck to enjoy the wonderful goods that they produce. During the spring, you can see the Jersey Royals being planted, our beautiful Jersey cows grazing in the fields, and fisherman bringing in a variety of fish and molluscs, including Jersey's famous oysters and lobsters.

Although Jersey is also known for many other vegetables, cheese and fruits, the produce mentioned above is the most internationally famous, and you can help your child to learn more about these by exploring our links and getting out across the Island.

The big 4

Jersey lobster fishing

The Jersey lobster

About Jersey Royals

Jersey Royals: where to get the pick of the crop

Jersey Oysters

The Jersey Oyster Company

Discover Jersey Dairy and our island's herd

Recipes from Jersey Dairy

Other ideas to try

12 paper rabbits to make

Waterfall of butterflies

How to make a paper chick puppet

Pom pom sheep wreath

Chicken bookmark design

No-sew sock bunny

Seedlings
Jersey cows
Crocus