Simple as That: The Sights, Sounds, Smells, and Tastes of Spring


After such an odd and dreary Winter, I’m so happy that Springtime is here!  The cold, grey days are (mostly) behind us, and in my part of the world we’re already enjoying the green, sunny days and the blues skies of Spring.

While I’m not convinced we won’t still see a March or April snowstorm before Winter truly says farewell, I see Spring’s arrival as an opportunity to use all of our senses to savor the season. I’m especially looking forward to celebrating baby Mia’s first Spring and I can’t wait to introduce her to flowers and exploring outdoors in the sunshine.

I thought it would be fun to carry on what has become a seasonal tradition here at Simple Kids, and list some of the different ways we can experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes of Spring with our kids.

What Does Spring LOOK Like?

The hallmark of Spring is the return of color.  The skies seem bluer, the grass begins to grow again, and the flowers bloom, bursting open with color and fresh life.  The trees begin to bud and the birds and animals are very active.  The whole world seems to wake up from the long Winter’s nap.

In our neighborhood, a Spring shower brings with it the sight of children in bright raincoats and boots and a rainbow of umbrellas opening against the falling raindrops.

Look UP

  • The trees are beginning to bud
  • The birds have returned
  • The Spring constellations


  • What is happening to the grass?  The flowers?
  • What are the insects and animals doing?
  • What does the garden look like now?
  • Do you see any acorns?  Walnuts?  Seed pods?

What Does Spring FEEL Like?

As the weeks pass, we begin to trade our heavy woolens and coats for lighter jackets and short sleeves.  Perhaps we’re even donning sandals or going barefoot and letting our toes wiggle in the grass or squish in the mud.

There are other ways to feel the season:

Go on a nature walk and ask your child …

  • What does the sun feel like on your skin?  What about the shade?
  • Is there any wind today?  Can you feel a breeze?
  • What do we smell outside?  What sounds do we hear?
  • What does the air feel like?  Dry?  Humid?

What Does Spring TASTE Like?

For me, Spring tastes light and crisp after a season of hearty, heavier fare.  Spring marks the return of salads and early veggies to the dinner table.  We had a string of sunny days last week and grilled out for the first time of the year.  That night Spring tasted like grilled chicken, new potatoes, asparagus, and french bread with blue cheese followed by ice cream cones for dessert.

What recipes does your family enjoy in the Spring time?

What Does Spring SMELL Like?

There are good smells coming from our kitchens in the Springtime, it is true. What other wonders can we experience with our sense of smell this time of year?

To my family, Spring smells like …

  • dirt
  • fresh breezes
  • laundry drying on the line
  • rain
  • daffodils, crocus, and tulips

What Does Spring Sound Like?

Springtime is a noisy time, when new life is bursting forth and the birds return to chirp and sing.

Consider …

  • the delicate pitter patter of a gentle falling rain
  • the glorious roar of a thunderstorm
  • windchimes
  • the birds singing

At our house, Spring time might sound like a reading of Miss Rumphius.  Do you and your kids have a favorite read-aloud for this time of year?

Living in a part of the world where you are preparing to enjoy Autumn?   Consider the Sights, Sounds, Tastes, and Smells of Fall.

What about you? What does Springtime look like to you? What sights, smells, and sounds evoke this time of year for your family?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  2. Love these ideas! With all this warm weather we are spending a lot of time outside digging in the garden, and playing with worms. Yesterday my kids helped me bring all the leaves to the compost pile, which was fun for them (being almost 4 and 19 months :-)). I love seeing my irises start to come up out of the ground!
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  3. I love being outside in the spring time! We have two local ponds that we visit weekly to see the updates — we start seeing the migrating birds and hearing the frogs, we watch for birds nests and fish in the water. Last week we saw our first turtle (picture on my blog.) It is a great time of year to help kids spend their energy fruitfully enjoying nature.
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  4. Earlier this week my daughter and I spent a while gathering all the different flowers (weeds) we could from our yard. This is our first Spring since moving here so I was surprised when we found six different kinds. It’s fun discovering Spring in a whole different part of the country.
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  5. Loved this post! I’ve always been a “Fall” gal, but “Spring” is growing on me… 🙂

  6. In the earliest stages of spring (while we still have plenty of snow), kids love to get out and start mucking about with water and containers. As the snow melts, bikes and chalk and jump ropes might make their way outside. We start to look for excuses to go places, just to be out of the house; even if it it just to walk around the yard checking out buds on trees or green plants attempting to poke their way through the soil. We’re looking forward to park dates and nature walks and even a homeschool group trip to the local beach (in June):)
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  7. Great ideas for enjoying the springy-ness! Everything is coming alive, and my girls are loving it. Muddy toes and all.
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  8. Spring for me is forever tied to the sound of my mom reading Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” Thank you for this post.

  9. I’ll have to revisit this post in another month or two! Snowing today here, with a large blanket of snow covering our yard. NO spring for us for quite a while!
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  10. This is just lovely. We just discovered Miss Rumphius. So thrilled Spring is on the way for you, mind you not exactly looking forward to winter!!!
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  11. We are loving the blue skies of spring! We’ve been out walking in nature a ton over the last week. (Okay, partly to tire everyone out for earlier bedtimes post-Daylight-Savings. But also because: spring!) 😉
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