Aaaaaand it’s finally May!! Happy first day of May!! We’ve never really celebrated May Day here, but I’m sure some of you do. In honor of surviving the winter and the excitement of seeing new life popping up everywhere, I thought that a fun activity to do with kids would be to go outside and search for all the new flowers you can find. I’m “kidless” just now so my faithful puppy, Rusty, did his best to fill in. 😉 We live in the country so there are lots of plants around to make it interesting. Most of the flowers I took pictures of would be considered weeds…but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? A lot of them I don’t know their names, so if you do, please leave me a comment and let me know what it is!
An all time favorite and always in abundance is the Dandelion. Did you ever make a Dandelion crown? Or rub them on your hand just to see it turn yellow? Or pick a big bouquet to share with your mom? My great-grandmother used to make a Dandelion Salad. Even Rusty had fun running around biting the tops off the flowers.
I don’t know the name of this one but I like the dainty little flowers on it.
This beautiful pink one is from a large bush in our backyard. I don’t know the name of it either, but it is so pretty in the spring and Mockingbirds like to build their nests in it.
These look very much like wild violets or violas to me, but I’m not sure what they actually are. A beautiful purple that grows on its own all over the yard…until the husband mows. 😉
This is an actual Viola which always makes me think of Pansies.
We found these cute fuzzy little white flowers too…buuuut no clue what they are either! Lol
Strawberry blossoms! Which will hopefully produce some yummy strawberries for us to enjoy!
More delicate purple flowers of a different variety!
And last, but not least, Tulips in our front flowerbed! What’s popping up in your neighborhood? Kids and adults can enjoy a “treasure hunt” for what’s blooming. Taking pictures to share with someone else adds to the fun. If you’d like to take it a bit further, print the pictures out and make a scrapbook of them. Continue your search all through the Summer months and into Autumn as new flowers appear. It’s a constant changing landscape! When you go for a ride in the car, or a walk down the street, challenge the kids to find different colored flowers. Taking an interest in flowers helps get kids out of the house and outside enjoying nature!