Reading is not just about keeping kids occupied – it’s also a way to spark creative activities that support emotional development and total development as a result. And when you combine books with springtime themes with outdoor activities that engage the senses, it can produce a variety of therapeutic experiences for your child.
Children with sensory issues can benefit from a change of scenery. Start by enjoying a book together such as Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library), by Bonnie Worth. This story is a fun adventure with the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 that explores plants. Once you’ve read the story, go on your own plant-finding adventure. How many different varieties can you find? This activity is also a healthy way to redirect ADHD behaviors, as your child will be getting some exercise and focusing on finding plants at the same time.
Is your child feeling a little anxious? A walk does wonders to calm nerves. Take some time to notice flowers, trees and other springtime treasures. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney tells the story of Miss Rumphius, who wanted to travel the world and make it more beautiful. As you and your child walk and enjoy nature, talk about the things you see that make your part of the world more beautiful.
Spring is a wonderful time for garden adventures, both in the backyard and through the power of reading.
A trip to your neighborhood park offers wonderful opportunities to increase motor and sensory development. After some fun play (who doesn’t love slides and swings?) read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This classic book tells the story of a young girl in England who discovers a secret garden and brings it back to life. Explore the park with your child and decide where you could plant your secret garden. Add to the fun by sketching an imaginary garden design together.
Ditching screen time for some quality time together is beneficial for both you and your child. Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow provides some great inspiration for imaginative adventures right in your own backyard. Go ahead and make mud pies or stone pizzas and enjoy some silly time together!