Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring

| April 11, 2018 | 6 Comments

Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring

Spring is almost here, and your kids are probably looking forward to getting outdoors. While there are several ways for them to play and have fun, there are also ways for them to learn. Whether you let them plant flowers or harness the power of the sun, there are several outdoor STEM activities to celebrate spring.

 

Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring

A toddler sprinkling water on flowers with a water can

 

Plant Flowers

There is so much to learn from planting flowers. Not only do your children follow hands-on instructions to plant flowers, but this is something they can observe over the next few months. They can even keep a journal to draw pictures of how the flowers look each week along with any notes. Use a variety of plants, seeds, and bulbs so your kids can make different observations.

 

Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring

Plants in pots

 

Grow a Garden

Something else they can observe is the growth of a garden. You can start with seeds or plants. Not only can your children observe the plants growing and producing fruits and vegetables, but you can take things further by allowing your children to harvest the produce. You could then cook or preserve the fruits and vegetables for future use. There’s so much that can be learned from gardening. Even tasting different colours of bell peppers and making observations is a good activity.

 

Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring

A sprinkler spraying 2 boys

 

See How Rain Water Travels

On a rainy day, grab the umbrellas and go outside to see how water travels through the yard. You may have to look for a few moments to see a spot where there’s enough water flowing. An alternative would be to use a hose to create a rain shower and watch how the water travels. A good spot to start would be around spouts from the gutters. This is where you’ll find a good flow of water.

 

Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring

A white and red birdhouse on a tree

 

Build a Birdhouse

Building a birdhouse is another great outdoor STEM activity to celebrate spring. Not only is math used, but you can also use science to observe the birds in your yard to see how big the birdhouse needs to be. You can also paint and decorate the birdhouse before finding the perfect place to hang it.

 

Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring

Solar lamp

 

Harness the Power of the Sun

Last, but not least, purchase some solar decorations or toys for the yard and let your kids discover how the power of the sun can be used to power them. Your children can also choose the spots to place the decorations and check on them at night to see if the decorations got enough sun. If the spot isn’t a good one, they can try again.

 

Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring

Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring

 

It’s nice to get outdoors once the weather warms up. It’s also nice to have activities for your kids to do that are educational, but also fun. Many of these activities can be spread out over a few days. Whether your kids grow a garden or build a birdhouse, these STEM activities are a great way to spend a warm spring day. Choose a couple different ones for the first day of spring to help celebrate the beginning of the season.

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two amazing teenagers. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. LisaM says:

    Using solar power is such a good idea! We have string lights that have a solar battery 🙂

  2. Calvin says:

    Connecting to nature is great These are nice educational activities to do.

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What wonderful activities for children, I just built a bird house with my grandson last weekend. 🙂

  4. Kristi says:

    I really love these ideas. I love getting kids out into the yard.

  5. Leanne Davis says:

    I love these ideas . I love being outdoors . I thinks school should actually get kids outside more to learn about nature and growing food .

  6. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I love your ideas and tips but especially build a bird house

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