Spring-time fun

A celebration of spring

The coming of spring always makes us think of new beginnings.
The days get longer and there are bursts of colour from the daffodils and blossoming trees.
Signs of new life are arrive in nesting boxes, on farms and in garden ponds.
Along the lanes, banks, woodland and valleys on our beautiful island, you see all the trees and plants coming to life.
We know that spring and Easter are well and truly on their way.
Now that the weather is warming up, we want to encourage families to go outdoors, have fun and enjoy learning together, using everything that Jersey has to offer.
If you have a young child, the outdoor environment presents so much to explore and discover.
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.

"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."
Doug Larson
Children in a field

Walking and nature hunts

Long walks in the fresh outdoors are good for the body and soul.
Coupled with nature hunts, they 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 notice leaves coming into bud, bulbs growing, flowers and blossoms developing as you go for walks with them.
Encourage them to use their senses to feel the softness of the moss, the stickiness of a leaf bud, and 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 useful links:

What is Spring? Key Stage 1

All about Spring: Key Stage 2

Seasons for kids: What happens in Spring?

Outdoor activities for spring: Early Years

7 great outdoor activities to welcome in spring: Early Years

15 fun spring break activities for children

More fun spring activities for kids

Top 50 activities to do in your garden - or anywhere else in the big outdoors

Spring flower identification card

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 Jersey countryside

Self-guided walks in Jersey

National Trust Jersey outdoor activities

National Trust Jersey indoor activities

Child watering plants

Gardening and growing

Spring is a great time to start growing things yourself and to introduce your child to gardening.
You don't need a garden to begin planting.
A windowsill with a few pots is often a great place to begin.
Growing things together encourages your child to talk with you about the changes that they see.
They begin to understand how nature works and learn to care for it.
These videos will give you ideas for growing a range of fruits and vegetables in your home even if you don't have 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

Mother and child reading outdoors

Reading in the great outdoors

With clearer skies, spring sunshine and brighter light, it's lovely to sit and read outdoors.
If there's a nip in the air, you could bundle up nice and cozy and find a nice sunny spot to sit with your child and a book.
If you're travelling in a car, you can listen to an audio-book.
As for reading recommendations, there are lots of stories and books about animals, springtime and growing things.
Here are some book suggestions, as well as some online stories that you may want to listen together.

Spring for kids: animals in spring

Peep and the big wide world: Spring thing

The very hungry caterpillar

The thing about spring

Book list: gardening and growing

Book list: Life cycles

Woman with Jersey cows

Learn more about Jersey farming

Jersey is well known for its farming and fishing communities, and we are so lucky to enjoy the wonderful food that they produce.
During the spring, you can see the Jersey Royals being planted and our beautiful Jersey cows grazing in the fields.
You will also catch sight of our fishermen 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.
You can help your child learn more about these by exploring the following links and getting out across the island.

The big 4

Jersey Dairy, our farmers, products and recipes

Jersey Dairy and our island's herd

Jersey lobster fishing

Foraging for the Jersey lobster

Jersey Royals and recipes

More Jersey Royals recipes

Jersey Oysters

The Jersey Oyster Company

Girl making Easter crafts

Easter activities

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, Easter bunnies and perhaps an Easter egg hunt, all of which are traditions associated with Easter.
They may have also learned about the story of Easter and Lent.
You can read about it in greater detail in our World Festivals page.
However you celebrate, we hope you have a lot of fun and enjoy trying out some of our activities over the Easter break.

Make an Easter egg surprise

Make Easter egg cookies

Easter recipes 

How to throw an Easter egg hunt

Creative Easter egg hunt ideas

Easter egg hunt clues

Easter egg hunt kit

Easter egg puzzles

Make Easter bunny footprints

Make a paper Easter basket

Make 12 kinds of paper rabbits

Make no-sew sock bunny

Make paper chick puppets

Make Easter chick baskets

Easter chick sewing craft

Chicken bookmark design

Make Pom pom sheep wreaths

Easter colouring and mandalas

Kids Easter party games