Saved time on your spring clean? Here’s what to do with it…
Spring is here and there’s so much fun to be had – why would anyone want to spend hours spring cleaning?
Instead, using the right products will make cleaning easy – whether it’s busting limescale with Viakal, blitzing that pile of dirty dishes with Fairy Liquid or making your floors and surfaces shine with Flash Multi-Surface Concentrated Cleaner. You’ll be done in no time, so then you can spend quality time with the family doing one of these fun spring-time activities…
1. Visit a petting farm
There is no better time to visit a petting farm than when spring has sprung, as it’s the time to see adorable baby animals.
From lambs, chicks and bunnies to foals, calves and piglets, there’s nothing more “aww”-inducing than having a little ball of fur, wool or feathers to stroke, feed and cuddle.
2. Go on a nature trail
Your local woods will be abundant with spring life, so it’s the perfect time to head out with your kids and go on a nature trail.
Give them a list of things to spot – from beautiful bluebells, daffodils and blossom to buzzy bees, fluttering butterflies and chirping birds. For inspiration, you can download a spotting list from the Woodland Trust, or head out with a copy of The Gruffalo Spring Nature Trail, which also has stickers, games and creative activity ideas.
3. Eat al fresco
Relish the lighter evenings by eating dinner outside. You could spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the grass (check out our 5 budget-friendly homemade picnic treats here), spark up the barbecue or, for chillier evenings, make a warming stew, soup, casserole or curry then light a mini bonfire and toast marshmallows for pudding. Magic.
4. Go to the beach
We tend to hit the beach when the weather is hot – along with the rest of the country – but springtime is arguably a better time to head for the sand and sea.
It might not be as warm, but you can wrap up against the wind and enjoy the emptier stretches of sand, pick out the perfect pebbles for skimming, and search for crabs in rock pools. Days like this are what memories are made of.
5. Fly a kite
A windy spring day is the perfect time to hit the hills and fly a kite – an activity you probably remember doing as a child too, so you’ll enjoy it as much as the kids do!
6. Start a kids’ garden
From growing sunflowers taller than they are to creating a vegetable patch so they can follow their food’s journey from patch to plate (which also means they’re much more likely to actually eat it!), gardening with kids is a great way to get them learning, curious about nature and enjoying the outdoors.
7. Go puddle splashing
Rain is inevitable in the British springtime, so we say embrace it! Chuck on those wellies and raincoats and go puddle-splashing.
When you’re back home, run a lovely bubble bath and stick any muddy clothes in the washing machine with an Ariel 3in1 Pod, which will lift stains, clean and brighten clothes so they’re as good as new. Just like you’ll all be after that bath…
What do you and your family love to do at springtime? Let us know in the comments section below.