Springtime Family Fun

by SPARK


Spring is finally here and with it comes many opportunities to enjoy all the season has to offer. Here is our list of favorite kid-approved springtime activities to get you up and moving whether you’re enjoying April showers or May flowers.

Spring in the Great Outdoors
1) Make the ground your canvas – Grab a bucket of chalk and head for the sidewalk. This creative activity is perfect for everyone—toddlers to grandparents! It’s also a great way to temporarily decorate the driveway or stoop for spring.
2) Take a nature walk – Slip on your walking shoes and head out of doors for a taste of spring in all her natural glory. Be on the lookout for spring flowers, nesting birds, bumblebees and butterflies in the garden, rainbows in the sky, and four-leaf clovers in the grass. Nature walks are a fabulous way to spend time together as a family, learn about the beautiful world around you, and improve everyone’s powers of attention and observation.
3) Visit the local farmers’ market – A trip to your local farmers’ market brings the freshest, yummiest produce around right to your reusable shopping bags. Support your local farmers and experience the joys of food and community. It’s healthy all around!
Spring in the Kitchen
1) Fix a spring dinner of salmon, new peas, and baby potatoes – Cooking seasonal, fresh foods helps you make the most of their nutrients and your grocery budget.
2) Enjoy some strawberries – Spring is berry season, and there’s nothing better than a juicy, sweet berry in season. Toss them in a spinach or fruit salad or just munch ‘em whole as a snack. Vitamin C and other antioxidants put a spring in your step.
3) Roast asparagus – The closer your asparagus is to the garden, the better it will be, in all ways. And roasting it is a sure way to bring out its sweetness without losing the crunch. Yum!
An Old-Fashioned Spring
1) Fly a kite – Kite flying is another great activity that can include just about the entire family. Look for a good open space on a nice, breezy day. Try your hand at homemade kites for a day of old-fashioned fun.
2) Plant a garden – The best way to celebrate spring is with dirt under your nails and sweat on your brow. Whether you prefer vegetables or violets, planting a garden is a good way to ensure plenty of time in the outdoors moving and investing in time in overall health—mentally and physically. It can also teach children responsibility and stewardship, as plants need weeding, pruning, watering, harvesting, and other care.
3) Visit a pond – Duck pond, lake, reservoir—it really doesn’t matter, but spring is the best time to visit. Baby ducks and geese, the peeping of newly hatched frogs, song birds and dragonflies flitting about, and perhaps even tadpoles and minnows to watch along the shoreline make these seemingly simple bodies of water wondrous eco systems for all to explore (treading lightly). Make an underwater viewer from a milk carton and a piece of plastic wrap. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
Soggy Springtime
1) Rainy Day Out – Put on your slicker and boots and head out for a walk the next time a gentle rain starts falling. Jump in puddles, dance in the rain, catch raindrops on your tongue. Don’t let days of endless soggy springtime weather keep you cooped up inside, or from taking your daily walks. Walk in the rain, for your health, for the heck of it, for the sheer delight it can bring.
2) Rainy Day In – Play board games. Plan a marathon of Oscar-winning films. Have an afternoon tea. Spend time reading stories aloud. Put come classical music on. Turn it off and listen to the rain on the roof, on the windows, on the pavement outside. Play dress up, or put on a play for family members (don’t forget to record it for grandpa and grandma). Making the most of rainy days helps every family member learn that there is no such thing as boredom. Each day is what you make of it.
Springtime is the perfect time for spending time with your family. Enjoy the season!

Spring in the Great Outdoors

  1. Make the ground your canvas – Grab a bucket of chalk and head for the sidewalk. This creative activity is perfect for everyone—toddlers to grandparents! It’s also a great way to temporarily decorate the driveway or stoop for spring.
  2. Take a nature walk – Slip on your walking shoes and head out of doors for a taste of spring in all her natural glory. Be on the lookout for spring flowers, nesting birds, bumblebees and butterflies in the garden, rainbows in the sky, and four-leaf clovers in the grass. Nature walks are a fabulous way to spend time together as a family, learn about the beautiful world around you, and improve everyone’s powers of attention and observation.
  3. Visit the local farmers’ market – A trip to your local farmers’ market brings the freshest, yummiest produce around right to your reusable shopping bags. Support your local farmers and experience the joys of food and community. It’s healthy all around!

Spring in the Kitchen

  1. Fix a spring dinner of salmon, new peas, and baby potatoes – Cooking seasonal, fresh foods helps you make the most of their nutrients and your grocery budget.
  2. Enjoy some strawberries – Spring is berry season, and there’s nothing better than a juicy, sweet berry in season. Toss them in a spinach or fruit salad or just munch ‘em whole as a snack. Vitamin C and other antioxidants put a spring in your step.
  3. Roast asparagus – The closer your asparagus is to the garden, the better it will be, in all ways. And roasting it is a sure way to bring out its sweetness without losing the crunch. Yum!

An Old-Fashioned Spring

  1. Fly a kite – Kite flying is another great activity that can include just about the entire family. Look for a good open space on a nice, breezy day. Try your hand at homemade kites for a day of old-fashioned fun.
  2. Plant a garden – The best way to celebrate spring is with dirt under your nails and sweat on your brow. Whether you prefer vegetables or violets, planting a garden is a good way to ensure plenty of time in the outdoors moving and investing in time in overall health—mentally and physically. It can also teach children responsibility and stewardship, as plants need weeding, pruning, watering, harvesting, and other care.
  3. Visit a pond – Duck pond, lake, reservoir—it really doesn’t matter, but spring is the best time to visit. Baby ducks and geese, the peeping of newly hatched frogs, song birds and dragonflies flitting about, and perhaps even tadpoles and minnows to watch along the shoreline make these seemingly simple bodies of water wondrous eco systems for all to explore (treading lightly). Make an underwater viewer from a milk carton and a piece of plastic wrap. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

Soggy Springtime

  1. Rainy Day Out – Put on your slicker and boots and head out for a walk the next time a gentle rain starts falling. Jump in puddles, dance in the rain, catch raindrops on your tongue. Don’t let days of endless soggy springtime weather keep you cooped up inside, or from taking your daily walks. Walk in the rain, for your health, for the heck of it, for the sheer delight it can bring.
  2. Rainy Day In – Play board games. Plan a marathon of Oscar-winning films. Have an afternoon tea. Spend time reading stories aloud. Put come classical music on. Turn it off and listen to the rain on the roof, on the windows, on the pavement outside. Play dress up, or put on a play for family members (don’t forget to record it for grandpa and grandma). Making the most of rainy days helps every family member learn that there is no such thing as boredom. Each day is what you make of it.

Springtime is the perfect time for spending time with your family. Enjoy the season!

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