There’s something about springtime that draws you outside. Temperatures that would have seemed freezing in the middle of summer cause your children to shed their shoes and jackets in mere moments after a long winter. With spring finally here, it’s time to take advantage of their desire to be outside. With these fun outdoor activities, you can spend your time in the fresh air with your kids.
Play in the water
Depending on the temperatures, you might want to get out the hose. Your kids will have a blast spraying down some sandy areas in your yard to create mud. Yes, the cleanup is a bit of a headache, but the fun they will have is well worth the time spent cleaning up. While you have the hose out, encourage them to water those budding flowers.
Pick some flowers
Relax a little about your landscaping. Letting your kids pick a few flowers isn’t going to destroy it. Go with them so they don’t trample your flowers, and teach them how to pick just one or two off of a plant to allow it to continue to grow. If you don’t have flowers in your yard or don’t want your kids picking them, go to an open field to pick wildflowers. Create a beautiful bouquet, and bring it home to decorate your table.
Have a camp out
As long as it’s not too cold at night, spend the night in an tent right in your backyard. You can take in the sounds of nature, stare up at the stares and even tell scary stories, provided your kids can handle it. If you have a fire pit, break out the S’mores. Use your patio table for games as you wait for the sun to set.
Plant a garden
Teach your kids about plants and green living by letting them help you plant a garden. You can grow your own organic produce and have fun together at the same time. This will help all of your embrace spring perfectly. Giving your kids some responsibility for the garden will also give them some tasks to do when summer boredom sets in.
Fly a kite
Spring winds provide an excellent time to go fly a kite. Wait for a sunny day, but if the wind is right and the sun is right, then take your kids out to experience this past time, and share something from your own childhood with them. The great thing about flying a kite is the fact that you don’t need expensive equipment. The $5 kite from your local drug store will work just fine.
Have a car wash
No, you don’t want to sponsor a neighborhood car wash, but why not wash your own car together? You’ll be surprised at how giggly the entire family will get when you mix some eco-friendly soap, water and outdoor fun. Don’t forget to spray each other with the hose a few times, and pump up some fun music while you work.
Climb a tree
Have your kids ever climbed a tree? Spring is the best time to teach them how, because the leaves aren’t out in full force. Pick one with low hanging branches, and climb up together.
Spring has arrived. It’s time to get outside. Make the most of this amazing weather by spending some time having fun with your kids and enjoying this beautiful planet we all live on.