Spring is just around the corner, and depending on where you live, that may mean your whole family is looking forward to resuming outdoor activities. Here are 12 fun springtime activities that you can enjoy together as a family.
- Go on a nature walk. Spring is a perfect time to help teach your child about animals and nature. Look for squirrels in the trees and listen for birds returning to their nests. Identify the colors of trees and budding flowers. You can even splash in a puddle together.
- Visit the beach. Though spring may not be ideal beach weather, you can still enjoy your surroundings by collecting rocks and hunting for shells.
- Feed the ducks. Children love to feed ducks and geese, and it is an ideal opportunity to discuss where birds live in the winter.
- Do some gardening. There are many fun and age-appropriate gardening activities that will educate your child about the life cycles of nature.
- Play in the park. Aside from your typical playground activities, a park is a great location for fun family activities such as a game of catch, tag, hide-and-seek, or soccer.
- Have a picnic. The warmer weather and longer days are ideal for enjoying a meal outdoors. You need not travel too far, as children will have fun picnicking in their own backyard.
- Visit a petting zoo. A petting zoo is a good opportunity for your child to get a hands-on introduction to animals, and to learn more about animal safety.
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt. A nature scavenger hunt can be a fun and educational outdoor activity. You can ask your child to hunt for items based on size, color, or texture.
- Get artistic with sidewalk chalk. Take advantage of a warm day by encouraging your child to decorate your driveway with sidewalk chalk. Children of all ages can have fun being creative – and parents too.
- Visit your local library. Libraries are a great source of entertainment and education for children. Many have free storytimes, as well as programs to help teach children about science, music, and nature.
- Visit a farmers’ market. If you have access to a local farmers’ market, it can be a great opportunity to help teach your child where your food comes from. Many vendors will be more than happy to answer your child’s questions about how their fruits and vegetables grow.
- Enjoy spring-related books. Spend some quality time with your child reading some books about springtime topics such as baby animals, flowers growing, or rainy days.
Spring is a great time to teach your child about nature and animals, while helping them to learn about their local community. Our low-cost suggestions are sure to offer fun for the whole family this spring.