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Spring Has Sprung; Time to Have Some Fun!
How are you planning to celebrate springtime this year? Here are our top 10 ways to celebrate the first day of spring. You'll find ideas for big kids of all ages, little kids, and families. In fact, there's something here for everyone.
It's never too early and never too late to plan your celebration or get an early start! There are plenty of ideas on this page for fun things (educational, too) to celebrate the season for weeks to come.
1. Listen to Classical Music That Celebrates Spring
Our first way to celebrate spring is with music. Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" is one of the most popular and most recognized pieces of classical music in the world. We're sure you've heard it. Click on the video to play it now as great background music as you read the rest of this page.
2. Balance an Egg
Is it true that it's easy to balance an egg on end on the date of the vernal equinox? I'll tell you our family's experience and then I'll give you links to some more scientific information and let you decide for yourself.
The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox, the day the sun shines directly over the equator. It is said that one can balance an egg on its end on the date of the equinox (also on the first day of fall, the autumnal equinox) but is that story really true?
We did it.
Yes, when my children were young and we were homeschooling, we just had to take up the challenge. I'm not sure if we had just the right egg or if we were just lucky, but we actually balanced an egg on its end on the day of the equinox. Now, I have to admit that I've never tried to balance an egg on any other day of the year; if I tried and succeeded, my scientific bubble would be burst. I prefer to keep our success as a "family story," a great experience with mom and kids.
About.com has an article called Can You Balance Eggs on End During the Spring Equinox?. The article is in their "Urban Legends" topic. Imagine that! One site called Bad Astronomy has an entire page devoted to egg standing. It's a fun page to read.
3. Pick Spring Wildflowers and Use Them in a Craft Project
This video below demonstrates a very simple craft, making pretty bookmarks using pressed flowers. Where I live, the spring wildflowers are starting to bloom. If they're blooming where you live, take a walk, gather some pretty flowers, and use the packing tape method shown in the video or press your flowers between two sheets of wax paper in a book for a while, then make bookmarks to give as gifts. TIP: Mother's Day comes not very long after the first day of spring and mom or grandma would love a pretty, flowery bookmark.
Make your wildflower walk a learning experience. (Shh! Don't tell the kids!) Take along a wildflower field guide book as a reference, as well as some blank paper or a sketch pad. Use crayons or colored pencils to draw the flowers you see and make your own wildflowers field guide. Great for a family project or for homeschoolers!
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4. Take a Spring Equinox Walk
The equinox is the day when the sun crosses directly over Earth's equator and day and night are equal length.
You probably learned in elementary school that the tilt of the earth, combined with the rotation of the earth around the sun, causes the changing of the seasons. Certainly you've noticed that the length of shadows change as the sun seems to ride higher in the sky during the spring and summer months. The day when the sun crosses directly over the equator is the day of the equinox. This happens twice of the year, the first day of spring (the vernal equinox) and the first day of Fall (the autumnal equinox).
Even ancient peoples tracked the date by measuring shadows and some American Indian mounds are said to be laid out based on those astronomical sigs. If you happen to live in the vicinity of eastern Oklahoma, consider participating in the guided Vernal Equinox Walk at Spiro Mounds State Park near Spiro, Oklahoma. Spiro Mounds is Oklahoma's only prehistoric Native American archaeological site open to the public and a very interesting place to visit. Each first day of spring and fall, park archaeologist Dennis Peterson leads the equinox walk and provides an explanation of why some mounds line up to solstice and equinox sunsets.
If you're nowhere near Oklahoma, check with your local planetarium or astronomical association to see what type of vernal equinox presentation they might be planning. How the seasons fit into astronomy is an interesting topic and actually not very difficult to understand. Include your kids as you study more about it. Janice VanCleave's Science Around the Year is a great book to have on hand, one I used with my budding astronomer and archaeologist children.
5. Splash in a Puddle
When's the last time you've jumped up and down in a puddle?
This may be one of the most fun ways to celebrate spring. If it happens to be raining on the first day of spring, pull on a pair of boots and go splash in a puddle!
What do you have to lose? Wear something washable, put your prim and proper training on the back burner, find a nice, big puddle, go wading and have some fun! There's just something about splashing that frees the spirit, don't you think?
Never tried it? What are you waiting for? You'll feel better afterwards, I promise.
6. Go Mad With March Madness
The first round of the NCAA basketball tournament that everyone calls "March Madness" begins just before the first day of spring, so choose your favorite team and watch a game in between your springtime celebrations.
We're talking March Madness here, folks. Basketball is serious business during early spring and watching the games with our friends and family is a great tradition.
For a little taste of what to expect, watch this March Madness video featuring some of the shining moments of last spring's 2016 NCAA tournament.
7. Make Spring Rolls
Celebrate spring by spending some springtime in the kitchen trying this great new recipe.
In this video, the adorable mother-daughter team of Dim and Cathy Geefay show us, step by step, how to make Thai Spring Rolls, a fabulous, crunchy appetizer.
Springtime is a great time to try something new. Perhaps you've tasted spring rolls but never tried to make them yourself, or perhaps you've never had spring rolls. This is an easy-to-follow recipe, well presented, for something that the entire family can enjoy together. Have fun!
(You'll find more spring rolls recipes below the video.)
Recipes for Spring Rolls
Every celebration should include food, so why not "spring" for some homemade spring rolls!
- Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
These are fresh spring rolls, not fried. Think healthy for spring!
- Vegetable Spring Rolls
Chinese-style spring rolls with great flavor.
- Baked Pork Spring Rolls
Easy spring rolls recipe. Substitute shrimp or chicken if you like.
8. Draw Spring
What does spring look like? Well, it depends on where you live in the world, but some of the things I think of in the part of the world where I live, when I think of spring, are flowers and birds. So why not draw some of each to celebrate the first day of spring?
For younger children (though this is fun for all ages) gather plain paper and markers then follow along with the sweet instructions on the first video below to learn to draw three spring flowers.
When we think of birds in the springtime, most often the robin comes to mind. For older children, gather plain paper, a Sharpie, and colored pencils then follow along with the second video to learn to draw a realistic picture of an American robin bird. It's easy!
Congratulations! You just drew spring!
9. Spring Cleaning Is for the Birds
We usually concentrate on spring cleaning indoors, but bird baths and bird feeders need attention, too.
Let's get back outdoors. Spring is northern migration time for the birds. Soon, they'll be back in your yard looking for food and lodging. Make sure your birdhouses, bird feeders, and bird baths are in tip-top condition now before the height of springtime bird travel season.
These tips from Birds & Blooms Magazine will help make the job easier. Now the birds can celebrate spring with you!
10. Plan and Plant a Garden
Start with a seed of an idea and watch it grow!
One of the best parts of spring is the arrival of growing season - and the gardening catalogs that come in the mail. Have you planned your garden? Celebrate the first day of spring with a selection of catalogs and a garden planning book.
There are hundreds of gardening books on the market. One of my favorites is The Vegetable Gardener's Bible. With hundreds of 5-star customer reviews, this book would make a wonderful choice for anyone planning a vegetable garden, especially beginning gardeners.
Want to concentrate on flowers? Choose The Flower Gardener's Bible, also well reviewed and a great help for those who want to plan and grow the most beautiful flower garden on the block!