It might not seem like it just yet, but spring is right around the corner. Before we know it, all of this ice and snow will melt and all of the colors will return to the outdoors. The transition from winter to spring is one of the most beautiful things to witness – and after living through so many long, dark days cooped up inside, no one is more excited to get back to nature than children and their parents.
Even though it takes much longer to thaw than we’d like, we can start to enjoy spring as soon the weather warms up just the slightest bit. There’s plenty to do outside while we wait for the lazy, hazy days of spring, and there are many ways to celebrate the onset of another beautiful season.
Check out The Everymom’s Spring Bucket List for our favorite ways to swing into spring.
1. Take a nature walk
One of the most amazing parts of spring is witnessing nature do its thing. Taking a walk with the intention of recognizing these changes is a great way to start a conversation with your kids about the natural cycles of life.
2. Fly kites
Flying kites on a breezy spring day will really bring you back to your childhood. It’s exhilarating finally getting one up in the air (not always as easy as it looks!), and kids have so much fun chasing the kites to see which one will go higher.
3. Find daffodils
When I was younger, there was a patch of daffodils in our neighbor’s yard that was always the first thing to bloom come spring. Now, as an adult, I’ve passed that along to my kids, who, as the snow begins to melt, always look out the window each morning for those first floral signs of spring.
4. Build a tree fort
When you’re a kid, there is really nothing better than a fort — and building one in a tree just puts it over the top. If you don’t have good climbing trees nearby, just putting a sheet down underneath a tree with a larger canopy can give you the illusion and magical feeling of being snug inside one of the most beautiful parts of nature.
5. Visit a farm or nature preserve
Once the air gets a little warmer and it’s feasible to take longer outdoor excursions, visiting a local nature center is a wonderful outing. Farms usually have signs of new life – whether it’s baby animals, butterflies, or budding plants. Nature preserves offer a real and raw view of the process of transitioning from season to season. Experiences like these encourage children’s inherent curiosity and give you plenty of opportunities to ponder on the wonders of the world together.
6. Plant seeds
Gardening promotes a sense of independence in kids and also allows them to care for another living object on a very small and age-appropriate scale. And as a bonus, your child might actually eat those tomatoes or green beans if they grow them themselves!
7. Hit the market
After months of eating root vegetables, cooking with, and introducing your kids to, a variety of produce is so exciting. Sweet peas, strawberries, artichokes, cucumbers, and plums – who can resist?! Check out this site, which lists spring produce to watch for by region.
8. Have a scavenger hunt
The credit for this one goes to my older son who loves searching for signs of the season each time the weather starts to transition. Searching for signs of spring is one of the most fun – melting snow, dew drops, greener grass, chirping birds, budding trees – and the possibilities are endless.
9. Make a bird feeder
Bird feeders are quick and easy to make (you can use anything from bagels to pinecones to actual birdhouses) and the rewards are huge – watching birds come right to your window for a snack is a thrill for adults and kids alike. If you figure out how to keep those squirrels away though, please let us know.
10. Press flowers for art projects
Once the leaves and flowers start blooming, the possibilities for art projects are numerous. Searching for fallen petals and creating your own flower art later is a fun way to bring the outdoors back into your home.
11. Put out a rain gauge
It’s no secret that spring brings a lot of rain, often literally raining out kids’ outdoor time or sports games. This can get to be a drag sometimes, so why not make a game out of the rain? Starting a rain gauge is a simple way to insert some science on those rainy days.
12. Go puddle jumping
This is a kid-favorite and for good reason – it’s super fun. Break out those wellies after a warm, rainy day and get jumping. It’s hard not to smile when you’re jumping in muddy puddles.
13. Sort through toys and clothes for donations
Spring cleaning is a big thing for most families, so there’s no reason to not get the kids involved. Have them try on clothes to see what’s too small and set it aside for hand-me-downs, storage, or donation. Help them go through their toys and toss broken, missing pieces and set aside things they don’t use much anymore. Finding what sparks joy isn’t just for the adult crowd.
14. Celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day is a wonderful time to introduce your littles ones to concepts of conversation and sustainability and how we rely on our earth for so many simple necessities. Understanding why these things are so important to consider will help your little ones learn why it’s so important to clean up trash, avoid leaving the water running, or wasting an entire package of wipes on cleaning a baby doll’s bum.
15. Make an obstacle course
Get back into outdoor play by creating an obstacle course in your yard or nearby park. Things like sticks, rocks, or various sporting equipment (hula hoops, jump ropes, cones) can act as markers for all of your different jumps, hops, and skips. Creating teams and making it a relay is a quick way to get the whole family back into the swing of spring.