Last Tuesday at playgroup we revisited this fun spring activity and after reading this post, we also added some toilet rolls into the mix.  Even easier for the kids to spread with peanut butter* and just roll in bird seed and stick on the end of a branch.

For more details on how to make this simple pinecone bird feeder, check out this post from last year.  
If it’s a sunny day tomorrow at playgroup we’ll be pulling out the duct tape and giving our other favourite spring activity a try with all of the kids.
For more fun and simple activities to amuse your kids, check out our Kids Craft Page.
* Once again we used a peanut butter substitute made from sunflower seeds due to allergies.

Simple Nature Bracelets

At MOPS last week we had a lovely guest speaker from our local community health centre on the topic of ‘active play’.  I came away with many ideas to add to the arsenal, but the following was my favourite.
We walk home from school when I can be bothered  most days.  It’s only about 700m from our house to the school but it is uphill all the way there and although the kids are normally full of energy sometimes when you are 2 or 4 years of age, it can feel like a long way.  It would take me 10 minutes on my own, but we like to allow ourselves 30 minutes and even then we sometimes only just make it as the bell rings!  As much as I’m into promoting exercise, I often end up taking Frog in the pusher because we just need to get there!  When I pulled out this activity she was out of the pusher in a flash and happily walked the whole way to school in no time at all!
It has been such a beautiful sunshiney week here in Melbourne and the multitude of flowers springing up in the gardens on our walk to school made this activity quite a hit…..with the girls anyway.  Goose, Frog and I got right into it, but after one or two flowers Bear had had enough and promptly sat himself down in the available pusher.

Nature Bracelets:

Wrap a piece of duct tape or masking tape around your child’s wrist with the sticky side on the outside.*  Then get them to stick on any ‘nature’ that you find on your walk, like leaves, flowers, seed pods, etc.    
Click here for more ideas to amuse your kids.

* Not too tightly – we don’t want to cut off circulation or anything of course.


…for the first signs that spring is finally on its way.

It’s amazing what a beautiful sunny day and some time to breathe and catch up can do to the soul.
I’m also grateful to be back after a longer than usual bloggy break.  Life got just a tad too busy there for a while.

For other grateful folks, head on over to Maxabella land.

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