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 and Easter are well and truly on their way. It is a great time of year to celebrate with you and 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.
'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 over the Easter break.
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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:
Creative ways with Willow - visit the amazing toad structure in Waterwork's Valley
Wildlife sightings - explore Jersey's wildlife and get closer to nature
Fun activities to do in your garden - or anywhere else in the big outdoors
Gardening and growing
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:
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.
Easter is a Christian religious festival and holiday that is celebrated all around the world.
Although the ceremonies and customs may vary, Easter is recognised as a time for renewal and growth. Your child will probably have enjoyed some fun in their school towards the end of term with Easter eggs, the Easter bunny and perhaps an Easter egg hunt, all of which form part of the traditions associated with Easter in Jersey. They may have also learned about Lent and the story of Easter.
We have tried to put together some information about Easter around the world and some activities for you and your child to explore together. However you celebrate, we hope you have a lot of fun and enjoy trying out some of our activities over the Easter break.
Learning about Easter