Are you looking for springtime activities to do with your children? Spring fever will be hitting the kids soon with a loud chorus of, “Mom, there’s nothing to do”. Be ready for them with these suggestions from gardening to birdwatching.
Spring offers an enormous opportunity for outside fun activities to do with your children. No one needs to be bored for a second. Beneath the shining sun and in the flower-scented fresh air, all sorts of fun things are just waiting for you to make them happen.
Springtime Activities to Do With Your Children
Out in the Backyard
Plant a Garden
Begin with the most natural thing in the world in spring: planting a garden. Let the children help choose whether the garden will be vegetables or flowers. Go on a planned shopping expedition to buy the seeds. Show the little ones how to rake and how to use a hoe. They will only have to wait about two weeks for results.
Plan a Formal Spring Gala
Plan and supervise a formal spring gala, complete with castoff dress-up clothes from your closet and that of some of the neighbors’ closets. Have some of the neighborhood children over for fancy crustless sandwiches and pink punch.
Build a Birdhouse
Building a birdhouse for the backyard is a family project that everyone can help with. Directions can be obtained from the internet. Even the little ones can learn about measuring with adult supervision. Teach them about respecting tools. Everyone can help paint it.
An easier, cheaper way of attracting birds is to smear some peanut butter onto a pine cone and roll it in birdseed. Then hang it from a branch with some string. Now everybody gets to watch the birds returning home for the summer.
Camping is always fun, even if its only done in the backyard. You can still have a bonfire with marshmallows and singing. You can tell scary stories around the campfire, and if anybody gets too scared they can run to the comforts of their own beds.
Plant a Tree
To preserve posterity and plant more than a memory, plant a tree.
In the Neighborhood and Local Area
Visit a Pond
Follow the quacks and take the kids to the nearest duck and/or geese pond with a loaf of stale bread for them to feed to them.
Go Fly a Kite
Make a kite, find a large field without any trees, and fly it. Or, find some really cool kites here.
Take a Nature Walk
Take a nature walk in the woods. Bring bags to collect the things you find so that you can later use them in art projects. Bring a pair or two of binoculars to the woods and go bird watching. Bring a bird guide and learn the names of the birds in your area.
Build Paper Airplanes
Build paper airplanes or bring your remote-control airplanes and fly them in large fields.
Have a Scavenger Hunt
Have a neighborhood scavenger hunt. Pick up some inexpensive prizes from the Dollar Store and organize a simple scavenger hunt with easy to find, non-returnable items like hair pins, paperclips, plastic utensils, matchbooks (covers only), coffee filters, and baggies. First team back with everything wins prizes.
In the Park
Dig for Treasure
Sponsor a “Digging for Treasure” game. You plant the treasure, bring the shovels and pails, and homemade signs and let the other kids in the park dig for buried loot. Go to a park that isn’t too crowded, which is mostly frequented by smaller kids, and that has a sandbox. Have your kids bury the money – not too deep. Then take the signs that say “Dig here for treasure” and put them in the pails with the shovels.
These activities above should provide plenty of entertainment for the kids this spring!
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