After months of long brutal winters, we finally get to indulge ourselves in the warmer breeze of fresh air and blooming nature that is second to none. Where your kids have been locked (not literally) inside their houses during winter, you can use spring as an opportunity to get outdoors and allow your kids to show their creative sides.
Here, at Kids Play Boxes, I have compiled a list of highly educational, refreshing, and fun activities for kids outdoors in spring.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
1.Go to a local garden or field
There are endless activities you and your kids can do in the garden or grassy field. If your kids love to have a good sporty match in the field, you can join them or let them play with each other for that ever-needed family quality time.
If that’s not your thing, go for paying tag, frisbee, or any other game that your kids usually like to play. Simply running around and chasing butterflies is also one thing that many kids love doing when they are out in the open.
As for the garden, it’s never a bad idea to capture the beautiful scenery and happy faces of your kids among the colorful flowers. Take your camera out for a day and let your children have fun in the garden while you take their pictures.
You can go for a few proper family pictures and focus on candids for the rest of the day. Don’t stress out if your kids aren’t willing to look at the camera or stick with you throughout the day. Let them explore each side of the garden, and you can focus on having a great time yourself.
2.Go for a walk
Okay, I get it: walking for miles with your kid definitely doesn’t sound like an ideal day out. However, this isn’t just a casual walk. Here are some of the things you can spice up an ordinary and boring walk.
● Nighttime walk: night is the perfect time to help your kids get fascinated by the noises of nocturnal creatures like bats and owls.
● ABC walk: this is one of the most educational and interesting things you help your kid stay engaged during the walks. While you are walking, ask your kid to look for objects that start with each letter of the alphabet to not only make them aware of their surroundings but improve their vocabulary too.
● Senses walk: just like ABC walk, senses walk can also be a great way to keep your kids engaged. Let them see the flowers, hear the sound of the birds chirping, cool breeze, and the roughness of rock to have the most peaceful walk of their life.
● Collect items: Collect items like rocks, flowers, or other simple yet memorable items that can help them remember these spring days for the rest of their life.
3.Play in the rain
Nothing is more fun than getting your kids dirty in the gooey dirt on a ringing day. Help them make a boat out of recycled items like leaves, twigs, and paper to chase it to see how far it goes. They can also collect rain in different containers and hear droplets’ sounds as they fall on different surfaces like metal, plastic, and glass.
It is completely alright if your kids want to get into the puddles and splash at each other. You know you can throw the old t-shirt out.
4.Make a fairy garden
Who doesn’t like fairy gardens, right?
With your help, your kids can make their own magical garden right at your home. The best part? You don’t have to break your bank and go for special chairs and tables at all. Go through all the junk you have at home and create something to display in your garden [https://yardsurfer.com/decorate-your-garden-with-recycled-materials/] Indeed these crafts will be more valuable and special than any other decorations you may buy from the market.
Give your kids full freedom to do anything they want. Whether it is painting the bench multi-color or drawing on random places, there always be a creative edge to everything they will do with your garden. If you want to go the extra mile, you can opt for a few plant seeds and help your kids plant them in their right places [https://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/ten-steps-to-beginning-a-garden/] to give a refreshing and beautiful look to your overall garden.
Later, as a way to celebrate your new garden. Allow your kids to have quality time with their friends in the neighborhood by setting up tents and grabbing a few of their favorite snacks. They can also bring along pillows and have a sleepover to help them relax after a tiring day of setting up the garden. If you currently don’t have the supplies, you can count on your neighbors if they have something to lend you for a while.
Simply hitting the backyard and watching birds can also be an excellent way to learn about new birds and enjoy the serene weather outside. You can also listen to music while watching birds.
6.Be all sporty
Count on a good kickball or frisbee game to help your kids enjoy the best part about spring. Many children prefer to go for glow-in-the-dark disc or football in the night to add an extra element of uniqueness and thus excitement to the overall game. Besides that, if you have a basketball hoop in your backyard, it is never a bad idea to get all your family members involved and indulge in a fun game on weekends.
If that’s not your bet, riding bikes is also incredible at getting your blood all pumped up and let your little ones explore the neighborhood. However, if your kid is too young to ride one, I’d recommend you opt for a bicycle trailer that can easily be attached to your bike.
7.Have a picnic
Trust me; your iconic doesn’t necessarily have to be all fancy and hectic. Just look for a lush and green place with enough shade to make it an ideal spot for your picnic. Remember to always sit under the tree to make use of its freshness.
Ditch the fancy baskets and specially made food. Just go for an old bedsheet, some snack or home-cooked meal that you were already going to eat at home, and a travel container to store all that food. It is also a good idea to grab a few pillows for that extra comfort and cushy settings.
Remember, your picnic can also be just fine without making much effort. Enjoy the scenery, laugh, and forget about going through the hassle of picnic preparations.
Playing Twister outdoors is definitely more fun than playing it inside. It gets even better if you happen to have a handmade twister and is relatively big than the ordinary ones. Unless you don’t mind drawing one in your backyard, you can also create your own twister game at home [https://designeddecor.com/twister-game/] to bring it along either to your local field or backyard.
If your kids happen to have a creative edge, let them have fun with the colors of making the twister before actually playing it. If not, invite a friend to help them make it. After that, you can invite more of your kids’ friends and have a twister party together!
9.Fly a Kite
If your kids have never tried this before, you can rest assured that this will become their favorite outdoor activity to do in spring. Get an aesthetically appealing kite with striking colors from the dollar store and get ready to fly it in your backyard.
Don’t know how to fly it? Allow me.
Stand on the opposite side of the wind and hold your kite up by its brittle point. If you have the right wind, the kite will go straight up. When this happens, let the kite fly away from you and pull it on the line to let it go in the direction you want. Keep doing this until you get the proper altitude and find steady wind.
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If you have never played Treasure hunt with your kid before, all you have to do is:
● Make a list of the kids you want your child to collect. It can be something as simple as a leafy (make sure it has something that distinguishes it from the rest), pebbles, or a penny.
● Hand over a basket to let your kid collect the items they find during the game.
● If your kid is too young, ask them general questions about shapes, textures, and sizes to make sure they can truly find the items you want them to find.
● Later, take pictures of the clues that indicate which item they need to find and give hints of finding it. You can also draw up a map for a more real feel.
● If your kid is old enough to make sense of the words, you can also write up the clues instead of drawing them.