Today at Crayons we are inspired by this sunny morning to get in and do some Spring Cleaning :-) Not quite sure where this inspiration comes from - maybe the sunrise starting to move around to the Eastern horizon with the promise of Summer on the way, might be the warmer breeze or the sun rising earlier?
Our Sunday Fun today is toy Spring Cleaning and whilst it may sound like a chore it can actually be fun and result in some donations to the Charity of your choice. Children's activities can often be seasonal so this is also a great time to pack away rainy day boardgames, puzzles and jigsaws etc.
Children's interests can move so quickly and at certain ages they do start to leave some things behind. Be it a stacking set of blocks, a bug catcher that is getting dusty or simply a box full of little doll dresses that no longer fit any dolls - the odds and sods that are still in good condition but just seem to be moved around the room and not played with. These, along with any outgrown books, are perfect for bundling into a bag and dropping off to your local Salvation Army, Vinnies or favourite charity shop (preferably in business hours).
This gives other children the opportunity of playing with great toys and, as shown in the much loved film Toy Story, pre loved toys hate to be left behind or thrown away and are happy in new homes :-)
The informative site Leapfrog also has some great tips on Eco-friendly spring cleaning and including a child's help.
How to make it fun? If you have a few hours then sorting by one colour at a time is a great way to start and allowing your child to choose the colours gets their imaginations going - especially if they have to think of another thing that has that colour e.g red = tomato etc. Sorting books into a rainbow of colours can be fun too if space allows.
Curiously, Spring Cleaning has also proven to be a great time to reassure a young child that there really is nothing under the bed, except toys, shoes and odd socks. Ditto any other part of the room that holds shadows, and therefore "monsters", at night.
Sunday Fun outdoors might include tidying up sandpits, dusting off beach toys, cobwebbing a cubby and anything generally to help prepare for the delightful and warmer days to come :-)