Spring Time means caterpillars and butterflies and the sun setting a little more to the right around here. It’s also a great time to do projects around the house with the keiki. Here are three fun projects and outtings to get the whole family into the spirit of Spring!
Make a Bird Feeder
This project is so easy, plus it recycles and offers the kids a great opportunity to observe the birds when they fly by for a nibble.
What you’ll need:
- Cardboard toilet paper roll inserts or paper towel inserts
- Peanut Butter
- Bird food
- Let the kids apply the peanut butter to the outside of the cardboard roll.
- Pour out some bird seed into a shallow dish.
- Then roll the peanut butter covered roll in the seed.
At this point you can either slide the roll onto a tree branch and be done, or you can add some string to the top of the roll through two hole punches, and hang it from a branch that way.
Go for a Picnic*
Spring time calls for picnics. They can be in your own backyard, on the beach, or after a nice hike in upcountry. Let the kids help you get the fixings ready and pack the basket. Have them help make finger sandwiches, wash the fruit and package it up, gather utensils and napkins and then place it all in a fun basket.
Don’t forget the blanket! Then relax and enjoy a yummy lunch or afternoon snack in the outdoors.
This is also fun to do on raining Spring days – just bring the picnic inside and eat on the floor, that’s always fun!
Go on a Search for Caterpillars*
Up in Kapalua are the Village Walking Trails. Once the Kapalua Village Golf Course, the trail still has concrete, which is great for strollers, but is now overgrown, which is great for seeing butterflies and caterpillars.
Park near the Kapalua Activity Center off of Office Road. Then pop the little ones in the stroller or give them some good walking shoes, and head out for a little caterpillar hunting. You’ll find them hanging off of the plants all around you.
Bring a container and let your little one take one home to watch the process of it becoming a butterfly. Then bring the butterfly back and release it when ready!
*As we are currently sheltering in place, we suggest picnics and searches be limited to your own yard.