March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. It’s the perfect month to have some fun with your kids both inside and outside.
Take some time this month to have some fun and connect as a family. To make it a bit easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can make some family memories this month, including a FREE printable of conversations starters for your family!
Before you feel any sort of pressure to attack all of these ideas, let me assure you that I won’t be doing them all.
Instead, I’ve compiled this list for all of us to peruse and then purposefully select the activities that will work best for our family this month. After all, we want to connect with our kids and NOT connect with a “to-do” list.
Connect with Your Kids this March
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Connect with Garden Activities
March is the perfect time to get those seeds growing indoors so they will be ready in 6-8 for a transfer to the outside.
If you are like me, and gardening isn’t your thing, then it might be better to stick to 1-2 veggies planted in pots on the porch. A wildflower garden is another great way to go!
1. Plan Your Garden. (or pots for the porch) I am not the expert on this one, but Betsy shared her garden plan.
2. Plant Seeds Indoors. Grab a stack of peat pots and start your seedlings inside. Let the kids pick a plant that they would like to be responsible for and let them do the magic. Personally, I’d love to see the kids grow their own cherry tomatoes this year. That might be it in my house. We’ll start small.
4. Paint Flower Pots. Grab your acrylic paints and brushes and let the kids decorate the terracotta pots for planting. If you want to protect your pots, then finish them off with a clear sealer spray.
5. Make a Terrarium. This is an excellent alternative for anyone who feels a bit overwhelmed with the idea of planting seeds and gardening. (ahem…me…ahem) Here is are some simple instructions and inspiration.
Connect During Saint Patrick’s Day
6. Yummy Snacks. Make a few green goodies to enjoy together on St. Patrick’s Day.
- St. Patrick’s Day Oreos
- Irish Frosties as a special drink
- Shamrock Rice Krispie Treats (includes a healthy alternative to food coloring using spinach)
7. Eat a St. Patrick’s inspired meal.
- Shamrock Sandwiches
- Healthy Green Food. This is a great list of foods to choose from for lunch or dinner.
- Rainbow Pancakes for breakfast. You could also make them all green.
8. Make St. Patrick’s Day crafts.
- Rainbow Craft with Q-tips. This one is perfect for little ones, but I suspect my older kids might find it fun.
- Shamrock Suncatcher. Use melted crayons and wax paper.
- Rainbow Slime. Slime is all the rage in my house right now.
Connect With Irish Themed Poetry Teatime
15. Make a few treats. Plenty of St. Patrick’s Day ideas are listed above.
16. Read some St. Patrick’s Poetry.
- The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
- Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook and illustrated by Jay Johnson
- There was an old lady who swallowed a clover by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee
Connect through learning on Pi Day
Pi Day is March 14th every year. It is a fun day to introduce your kids to the mathematical number, Pi. Pi is never ending, though we typically estimate it as 3.14 when solving problems, which is why we celebrate Pi Day on March 14th. (3/14)
9. Discover Pi. I think this is so important to do with kids. Have some fun measuring circles and help your kids “discover” the number, Pi, on their own! This “Cut Pi” activity will work perfectly, even for young kids.
10. Activities for Pi Day.
- Play, “Race to Pi“, a super simple card game.
- Make a Pi Skyline using graph paper or create it with legos.
- Write a Piaku Poem.
- Eat some pie while you are doing it
10. Read a Pi inspired book. Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander and illustrated by Wayne Geehan.
Connect with Outdoor Time
12. Make a bird feeder. The Homeschool Scientist has several great homemade bird feeder options you can try! The weather will improve near the end of the month, making it a perfect time to spy on the birds that gather at your feeder.
A few bird watching resources:
13. Eat outside. Whether it is on the porch or on the ground, enjoy a meal outside. You could even have an outdoor poetry teatime. This Winnie the Pooh themed poetry picnic would be perfect.
Connect with Conversation
14. Use Conversation Starters. I’ve made it easy for you!
This printable, which is free to all subscribers of this blog, includes 23 questions on one page.
After printing them, I ran them through my laminator and asked the kids to help me cut them out. Now they are sitting in a jar on our kitchen table so we can grab a few every now and then.
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I’ll be creating one of these each month, but they will only be available to the end of that month, so be sure to download it ASAP!
Got any more ideas to connect with your kids this month? Feel free to comment below and share!