Super fun spring activities for you and your kids
Posted on April 03 2018
Spring is here (finally!) and we absolutely love this time of year. Here in Arizona, spring brings the perfect weather for outdoor fun. Plus, it's our last chance to get out before we hit our 100-plus degree temperatures.
Whether you're stuck inside waiting for warmer weather, or you're basking in the sun like us, we’ve come up with a list of super fun spring-themed activities you can do with your kids. Plus, we're giving you another free printable!
Treat: Rice Krispies Birds Nests
What you need:
- 1 bag of marshmallows (10 ounces)
- 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- Green food coloring
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- Robin Eggs candy
- Cooking spray
To make the nests:
Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until it’s completed melted. Then stir the marshmallows into the butter until they are completely melted.
Add the Rice Krispies cereal to the marshmallow mixture and mix it with a mixing spoon.
Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, then add the Rice Krispies mixture to each individual muffin hole, creating little nests. It's easy to do with your hands, or you can use a regular spoon to make the nest shape.
Let the nests cool in the pan for about 15 minutes.
To make the grass and eggs:
Add the shredded coconut and 2 drops of green food coloring into a small ziplock bag. Shake the bag until the coconut is completely covered in green. (Add more food coloring if needed.)
Place a small amount of the coconut into each nest, then top each nest with three Robin Egg candy.
Your finished treat should look like this.
Activity: Color scavenger hunt (free printable!)
What you need:
- Our Scavenger Hunt Printable (It's free!)
- A brown paper bag with handles
Just download our free scavenger hunt printable, tape it to the brown paper bag, and send your kiddos off to search for items that match each of the colors on the bag.
If the weather is nice, send them outside to search for items in nature. We love this activity because it gets them outside and away from electronics, plus when they return you can discuss the items they found to help them learn about nature.
Craft: Spring flower
This spring flower is a fun craft that even your littlest kids can create.
What you need:
- Small dessert-sized circular white paper plate
- Craft stick
- Paint (green for the stem, plus any other colors you'd like for the flower)
- Small paintbrush
- Green paper (we like to use foam paper)
Create petals in the paper plate by cutting straight lines from the outer edge of the plate to the outside edge of the inner circle, like we did in the photo below.
Using your small paintbrush, paint the craft stick with the green paint. Let it air dry.
Paint the paper plate to look like a flower using the other colors you selected. Let it air dry.
Once both pieces are dry, glue the craft stick to the back of the paper plate as if it were the stem of the flower.
Trace two leaves on the green paper, cut them out, then glue each one to opposite sides of the craft stick.
When you're done, it should look something like this. (We added a touch of glitter to make it even more fun!)
Activity: Outdoor movie night
If you've got beautiful spring weather like we do, spending time outside as a family is a must! (If your weather is still a bit cold, you can convert this outdoor activity to an inside one and have just as much family fun.)
Create an outdoor family movie experience—complete with treats, beverages and a comfy place to snuggle as a family—right in your own backyard.
First, find the perfect spot in your yard to set up a movie projector. You can either project it onto a portable movie screen or onto a light-colored wall or garage door.
There are a lot of projectors on the market, some reasonably priced that even work with your smartphone. If you don't already have one, you can find them on Amazon or your favorite electronic store's website.
For seating, fill an inflatable mattress and toss a bunch of comfy pillows on top. Have the kids test it out to make sure it's just right.
No movie is complete without snacks and drinks, so we've got a genius way to create an inexpensive treat and beverage holder your kids will go crazy over. Just fill a shower caddy with your family's favorite treats and drinks, like you see in the photo below. It's not only cute, it'll help your kids make the trek to the backyard without spilling all over the place.
Now it's time to snuggle with the fam and watch your favorite movie on the big screen. Make it a night your kids won't soon forget.
Activity: Grow an avocado plant
If your kids are into watching things grow like ours are, you'll definitely want to try this simple activity.
What you need:
- Clear plastic cup
- Wooden toothpicks
- Avocado seed
Rinse your avocado seed and insert 3 toothpicks, which will be used to help keep the avocado seed from being completely submersed in water.
Place the avocado seed in the cup, using the toothpicks to hold it at the top of the cup. Fill the plastic cup with water so that the water covers the bottom inch of the seed.
Put the glass in a warm place, but make sure it's not in direct sunlight. Be sure to refill the water as needed, keeping it at about that same water level.
Watch for the roots and stem to sprout, which could take anywhere from two to six weeks.
For more information about how to care for your new avocado plant, check out this article from California Avocados.