Happy first day of spring, everyone! However, here in Pittsburgh, we had snow flurries today – what a great way to kick off spring, thanks, Mother Nature. I like to think that it will get warmer any day now though, so, in honor of the nice weather that will grace our presence soon enough, here’s a couple of activities to do with the kiddos outside!
1: Scavenger Hunt
Here’s the great thing about scavenger hunts – you can create whatever theme you want and adjust the difficulty for different age groups. If you want the kids to find items from nature (like the example above), then send them outside to play in the yard, and if they’re old enough to send around the neighborhood, have them collect items from neighbors and neighborhood locations; you can customize a scavenger hunt however you’d like. If the kids are old enough, you can even have them collect photos with their smart devices rather than items. Since the weather is getting nicer, and people are going to start going on vacations, create a scavenger hunt that the kids can complete at the beach or at Disney World. This activity will keep them entertained and engaged in friendly competition.
2: Agility Competition
Set up an obstacle course in the front yard and include different stations that they have to perform tasks at, too. This could be entertaining for not only them, but for you as a spectator. Not only is this fun for the kids, but it makes them get up and move around to get a little exercise. Here’s an idea: offer a little prize or treat at the end of the obstacle course for more motivation – maybe a popsicle to cool them down, my nieces and nephews go crazy over popsicles.
3: Mud Pie Bake-Off
Use sandbox toys or throw-away pie pans and let the kids get a little dirty and play in the mud. They have to use grass, flowers, stones, etc. from the yard as the decorations for their pies. After they are done, get them cleaned up and maybe make them a treat, because I don’t know about you, but all this talk about pie makes me hungry.
4: Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest
Even at 21, I still love drawing with chalk on the sidewalk. More great thing about chalk – it’s very affordable, and it’ll keep the kids entertained for hours, not to mention, you’ll have a beautiful chalk mural to admire until the rain washes it away. Print off pages from the internet of their favorite characters and let them try to recreate them in chalk.
If you want more great ideas on spring activities, head on over to Premeditated Leftovers and explore her site, there’s a lot of great ideas. Also, the pictures in this post contain click-through links to some other great blogs, including Only From Scratch, A Girl and a Glue Gun, and Hostess with the Mostess.