Spring is an exciting time of year- warmer weather is on its way, baby animals are making their debut, and the days are longer and filled with more sunshine. You might be eager to take advantage of the extra daylight and make some special memories with your family, but you’re tired of the same old playground excursions. Here are a few ideas to keep you coasting right into summer time.
This one might take a little extra planning on your part, but it’s sure to be something the kids remember fondly for some time. Create a list of spring items and activities and set out to explore as a family. You can keep it simple or get as creative as you want. Some ideas include a search for yellow flowers, a couple eating ice cream in a park, or a bird’s nest.
A great way to enjoy the beautiful weather is to go camping! Teach the kids a thing or two about pitching a tent, cooking over a campfire, and marveling at the stars. Other great outdoor activities that you can do while camping (or just for a day) include hiking, visiting a beach or lake, canoeing, and having a picnic. This is for sure a wonderful family bonding time, and you’ll feel refreshed by the spring air.
Kids these days are so accustomed to doing just about everything in front of a screen. Give them a taste of “the good old days” and build (or just buy!) a kite. Find a green open field and teach them to fly, or maybe even learn for yourself!
Grow a Green Thumb
Spring is obviously the perfect time to plant a garden. It’s a great bonding experience as well as full of teaching moments for the whole family. However, if you’d like to skip the hard work and patience that a garden often requires, visit a farm and go strawberry picking! Share a bucket or give everyone their own, and enjoy the euphoria of picking your own food from right out of the ground. The fun doesn’t have to stop there- you can then bake some delicious treats together when you get home.
The old saying “April showers bring May flowers” may ring truer than ever in your particular climate, or perhaps your weekend outdoor plans need a true “rain check.” If you find yourself stuck indoors with the kids, it’s a great time for some fun spring inspired crafts. You can make a bird feeder to hang outside once the sun returns, create flowers out of recycled egg cartons and pipe cleaners, or design butterflies using empty toilet paper rolls and paper. Search Pinterest for a plethora of ideas for all ages.
No matter how you spend your time as a family this spring, great memories will be made as long as you are together.