Hey March! The start of spring and all that. Though the first couple of days have been freezing cold here. I got fooled by the bright sunny day on Monday and left our hats and gloves at home for a trip to the park. I thought my hands were going to freeze solid and snap off by the time we got home! Well in like a lion, out like a lamb they say. There are lots of special days in March which give a good framework for thinking up things to do to keeps the kids entertained:
1. Celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 5th March. If you have school age children or ones that go to nursery on Thursdays then you’ll probably be sorting out a book themed costume for them to wear. No such fun for us yet, though I did ask Seren what character she would like to dress up as, she said the Little Mermaid. More ideas here and here.
2. Talking of books, the Forestry Commission are launching their Superworm trails on Friday 13th March! These replace The Gruffalo Child’s trails in forests and woodland around the country. I wrote about The Gruffalo’s Child Trail we did at Wendover Woods. Based on the Superworm book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the trails have been designed with different elements to appeal to the 3-6 years old and 6-8 year olds age groups. Find your nearest trail here.
3. And we’re also looking forward to more family days out now that more farms, parks and stately homes are opening up for the spring and summer months. I’m particularly looking forward to heading back to Knebworth House as we had so much fun there last summer and trying out Hatfield Park Farm too (both in Hertfordshire).
4. Red Nose Day is also on Friday 13th and a really simple way to get you and your kids involved is by making funny faces (download the Funny Face Kit here) and taking a selfie. Text FUNNY to 70011 to donate £1, Comic Relief will then text you a link you can use to send them your selfie and you could appear in the Red Nose Day campaign! Seren is currently obsessed with a Red Nose pen that Andy bought home so I think we’ll try to get her involved for the first time by buying a couple of red noses and creating our funny faces.
5. Sunday the 8th March is International Women’s Day. I suppose being a mum to two girls (and having a 3 year old who already has clear ideas of what boys and girls do “boys wear shirts not dresses”, “boys like blue”, “mummy why does that boy have long hair, boys have short hair” etc etc), I’m starting to think more and more about gender equality, stereotypes and positive influences. There’s a Women of the World Festival on at the South Bank Centre this week and it includes an event for girls aged 7-10. Definitely the kind of thing I’d like to take my girls to when they are older. For now, maybe we’ll spend the day pretending we’re dentists or something.
6. Mother’s Day is a week later on the 15th March. Charlotte from Baking Betsy had the best idea on how to spend it, she’s planning to take herself off for a couple of hours and have some peace, coffee and read or knit. I’d like a lie in! And possibly this travel coffee mug from Snapdragon Online.
7. The 20th March is officially the first day of spring! We’ve been taking longer to walk to places by stopping to look at the new daisies and crocuses and watch the ducks start to build their nests. This is a great idea for a Toddler Spring Hunt that I’d like to try.
8. We can now go hunting in our garden too as the spring bulbs are starting to come up! I’m looking forward to getting Seren more involved in the garden this year and we’ll plant some seeds together indoors soon.
9. My social media feeds are awash with ideas for spring and easter themed crafts – both for kids and grown-ups. We are going to try some of these over the next month and will let you know our favourites.
What are you looking forward to in March?
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