I think it's safe to say that this has been one long, cold, rough winter for the majority of folks living in the U.S. And I don't know about you, but I have been eagerly anticipating the warmer temperatures, longer days, and outdoor activities that go hand-in-hand with the season of spring.  

So I've been keeping a sharp eye on the telltale signs that spring is on it's way. Officially, the season doesn't begin until March 20, but in my neighborhood, many of the signs of spring are already here. A first-signs-of-spring scavenger hunt is a great way to get kids off the couch and out the door as they learn about the flowers, birds and reptiles in your area.  

Ideally, you can work on this scavenger hunt by taking a walk around the neighborhood or a nearby park with your kids. If that's not feasible, challenge your kids to seek out these signs of spring from the car or on the bus ride home from school. Here 's what they should look for:

  • Singing birds
  • Migrating birds (Check out Bird Watcher's Digest for tips on which birds to look for)
  • Blooming flower bulbs (like tulips, daffodils and crocuses)
  • Leaf buds on trees
  • Bird nests
  • Kids on bicycles
  • Spring peepers

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