My daughter and I have been busy planting flowers. With the onset of April, I’m hoping for a good dose of rain to help our garden flourish. Along with being Lawn and Garden month, April is also time to celebrate literacy and the earth. In addition, funny holidays give us the chance to indulge in pretzels and jelly beans. Here are fun things to do with your kids in April.
Go to the Library
The first week in April is Library Week. I think libraries (and librarians) have a bad rap for being boring. The library near me has baby, toddler and school readiness story times. They also have science, song times and even “read with a dog” events. Along with fun events, there is a wealth of picture books, magazines, books on tape and movies. Some libraries have puzzles or other games to play. If you haven’t been to your library in a while, I suggest you check out all it has to offer.
Make a Garden
We just planted a row of beautiful violas. My daughter planted clover and daffodil seeds. Garden week is the second week in April. This is a great time to plant some flower or vegetable seeds and watch your garden grow. Use wooden craft sticks to label your crops. You can also start your seeds indoors so kids can easily keep an eye on their growing plants.
Pretzel Log Cabins
April 26 is National Pretzel Day. Take this time to make some pretzel log cabins. Children will need the straight pretzels and some “mortar,” like peanut butter (or soy butter). Kids can put peanut butter down on a plate and then start to build their log cabins. By alternating peanut butter and the pretzels, their cabins will quickly take shape.
Celebrate the Earth
In 2013, Earth Day is on April 22. This is the perfect time to plant a tree or recycle. You can also pick up trash to help beautify a park. In addition, you can make crafts out of recycled materials. For instance, kids can cut out words from newspapers and magazines and write a poem. Another idea is to paint an earth on an old piece of cardboard.
Yes, it’s likely it will rain in April. Personalizing umbrellas is a fun rainy day craft. Simply purchase white nylon umbrellas and use markers or paint to personalize. These are great for decorations or to use in the rain.
Sample Jelly Bean Combinations
April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day. Purchase some gourmet jelly beans and have your child come up with a recipe. For example, orange, grapefruit and strawberry could be “fruit salad.” Root beer and vanilla ice cream jelly beans could be a root beer float.
So, go ahead and take advantage of all April has to offer!