As the spring equinox brings in a new season, many kids get excited about things such as new blooms, bright colors, and warm sunshine. Celebrate the changing weather and nurture an appreciation of the season when everything comes to life with some fun activities. Many of these activities are easy to put together, possibly with components you already have on hand.
Here are some engaging and exciting spring activities for kids.
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Make Your Own Bubbles
Blowing bubbles is usually a hit with kids of all ages. Even better than just blowing them is making them yourself with a few supplies you probably already have on hand. For DIY bubbles you need just water, dish soap, and glycerine. Once you mix up a batch, play some backyard games with bubbles. For instance, try bubble pop freeze dance where someone blows bubbles and players pop as many as they can until the music goes off and they must freeze. Anyone who doesn’t freeze is out until there’s only one player left. Or try bubble tag, in which the person who’s “it” must tag another player by blowing a bubble that hits them.
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Make Magic Potion
Spring feels like a magical time with all the new growth and return of the warm sun. Help kids celebrate its arrival by making a batch of "magic potion." They can collect natural ingredients from the backyard (e.g., berries, flower petals, leaf clippings) and mix them up with a solution of water (dyed with natural coloring if you wish). Then, have them pour it in the grass or garden to help make things grow and blossom.
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In the spring, birds return to the landscape and are looking for places to nest. So making a birdhouse with your kids is the perfect spring project. There are many creative ways to build a birdhouse to suit your style and crafting ability. To make things easier, you can purchase a birdhouse kit at many craft stores that comes with simple instructions and all the supplies you need.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Take kids to the garden center, and have them pick a vegetable they can plant, grow, and eat. Teach them how to care for the plant, and make that their project for the spring. Once they can harvest their veggies, look up some fun recipes that feature the produce as the main ingredient. Plan a meal that your kids can help to cook.
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Have a Spring Scavenger Hunt
What can you see in springtime that's different from the rest of the year? Maybe it's flowers that only bloom in the spring or pinecones uncovered by melting snow. Get together with the kids to compose a list of things nature brings at springtime. Then go outside for a scavenger hunt, and collect a sample of each. Want to turn it into a competition? Make two lists, split into teams, and race to see who is the first to retrieve everything.
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Take Spring Photos
Spring is a lovely time to get outside and take some photos. Challenge the kids to scope out the best spring backdrop for a family photoshoot. Then, print your pictures, and have your kids use them to make scrapbook pages or framed photos for Mother's Day gifts.
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Spring is known for sunshine and flowers, but it also tends to boast a fair amount of rainy days. Don't let the season's sogginess get you down. Instead, throw a party that celebrates the wet weather with a rain theme. For example, serve drinks with little paper umbrellas in them. And offer rainbow food, such as a fruit platter with lots of color or cupcakes with rainbow frosting.