Winter can seem long and dreary, but with spring rapidly approaching (hooray!) it’s time to think of all the wonderful, uplifting things you can do with the kids, as the days get longer and the weather improves. Youngsters love keeping busy and if you can do activities as a family, you’re sure to get some quality bonding time in too – so here are ten ideas for you to try out.
- Do a spot of gardening
Gardening is a fantastic way of educating children about the world around them and with companies like Ashridge Nurseries offering a wide array of trees, plants and flowers, you won’t be short of things to grow. Getting out in the great outdoors is the perfect way to stay fit and breathe in the fresh air, so why not get your whole brood digging, weeding, watering and sowing?
- Grow a sunflower
If you’re wondering what to grow during your gardening activities, sunflowers are ideal. Not only are they incredible easy to plant, but kids will love watching them shoot up in a matter of weeks. All they really need is plenty of sun and TLC, so choose a sunny spot, brush up on sunflower growing tips and watch the magic unfold.
- Restore old furniture
Believe it or not, restoring old furniture is something the children can help you out with. If you have an old garden bench that’s seen better days, pull on some gloves and get the youngsters smoothing it down with sandpaper. You can then make it an artistic, personalised bench by giving each child a different part to paint.
- Have a go at decoupage
Decoupage is a type of paper layering art that can transform everyday objects into something more spectacular. So, if the weather’s good, how about taking a piece of furniture (say like your child’s bedside table) and covering it in comic strip cuttings, newspaper snippets, Marvel magazine images or whatever else takes your fancy, being sure to complete each layer with a coat of varnish?
Not sure where to start? Well, fear not as you’ll find plenty of inspiration online.
- Create a nature collage
Making a collage from natural objects such as painted stones, sticks, leaves, shells and such like is a great way of keeping children entertained – but first you need to become detectives and find the natural resources. Kids love discovering new things, so combine this with an arts and crafts activity and you’re onto a winner.
- Go on a walk somewhere different
A family walk on a bright, sunny day can be extremely rewarding, but instead of doing your normal route, try to go somewhere a bit different. Perhaps there’s a nature reserve nearby or a park you’ve been meaning to explore? Maybe you want to venture along the beach or into the woods? The more exciting the destination, the better.
- Go on a road trip
Wondering what to do on a Sunday? Then how about getting in the car and going on a road trip. For this to work, plan a rough route and vow to stop anywhere that looks remotely exciting. Spend as long as you like at each location along the way, but try to experience as many new things as possible.
- Paint Easter eggs
With Easter rapidly approaching, you might fancy painting the shells of hard-boiled eggs. This is a fun activity for all and when the eggs are dry you can then hide them in the garden and set up an Easter egg hunt. Be sure to have a few baskets to hand as well and you could even throw some chocolate in the mix just to make it feel a bit more like Easter.
- Enjoy spring crafts
With spring in the air, you could also enjoy other arts and crafts such as making paper butterflies to decorate the children’s bedrooms with. To do this, simply cut out the template of a butterfly and fold it in half. Ask the kids to paint one side, then fold the paper back over to allow the paint to print on the other side. Use pipe cleaners for the antennas and your butterflies will be ready!
- Have a picnic
There’s something special about dining el fresco and picnicking in the sun is a great idea. Choose a comfortable spot, be it in your garden or a local beauty spot and prepare a host of tasty treats to enjoy in the great outdoors.
Spring is on its way, so it’s a good idea to have plenty of fun activities in mind for you and the kids to enjoy this year.