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Welcoming in Spring!

I love Spring! The weather is not too hot, not too cold but just right. I sound like Goldilocks now. But in all seriousness, I really love Spring! It’s not that I dislike winter, but my immune system doesn’t like the cold weather all that much. But finally Spring is here! The Sun is staying out longer, the hummingbirds are fluttering in the trees and bushes, and the weather is just calling for me to come play outside.

So this weekend we made it a family mission to enjoy Spring. While every store is decking their halls with plastic eggs and pastel confetti, as a Jewish family we decided to take a more nature-focused approach to the season. We began by making a Spring wreath activity. As a family we went on a nature walk to our local park. After picking up a wicker “skeleton” wreath from Target ($3.00) we grabbed a canvas bag and set off to find flowers, branches, and anything to weave into a beautiful natural Spring wreath! It was a blast finding flowers, weeping willow branches, and tall pond grass to weave through our wreath. In the end I think it turned out pretty great!

Our Spring Wreath
Our Spring Wreath

Next, we picked up several books from our local craft store. The Little Golden Books Collection: “I Am A Bunny” and “Two Little Gardeners”. “I Am A Bunny” is a wonderful board book with vibrant pictures. This books talks about a little bunny who loves everything about Spring. Page by page he describes all of his favorite things. Then as the season changes he describes how he prepares for winter. When at last the snow finally falls the little bunny falls into peaceful slumbers in his hollow tree and dreams of the day that Spring is here again. 🙂 My daughter and I loved snuggling up and reading it together.

“Two Little Gardeners” is a fantastic emergent reader book (recommended grades 1-3). This book is the tale of a man and woman who diligently tend their garden every day. The book describes the growing process step by step with illustrations. At times the gardeners must be creative in protecting their harvest from little creatures who want to eat their garden up! But in the end they have a bountiful harvest and cook it up into a delicious supper. The book even talks about how the gardeners have so much produce that they can, and jam, to stock their shelves for the long winter. It was a fabulous Spring story that made me want to grow my own plants.

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Finally we wrapped up the evening with watching the latest movie, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast”. Okay, so this isn’t exactly a Spring-y movie, but who can resist the vibrant colors of Pixie Hollow and the adorable voice acting from all of the fairies. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. Happy Spring Everyone!

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