Spring has officially sprung! It’s time to pack up the sweaters and boots and get ready to get outside with the kids to bask in the glow of the season’s warm sunny weather, right? Well…kind of. While the idea of seeing spring on the calendar may feel thrilling in theory, in practice, many of us are still dealing with the residual winter weather that just doesn’t seem ready to release us all from its chilly clutches.
Fun Kid-Friendly Indoor Spring Activities
Fortunately, nothing says that you have to be outside in order to embrace all that spring has to offer. Having a steady arsenal of kid-friendly go-to indoor activities that still invoke the spirit of the season can help deliver a springtime state of mind no matter what the weather outside your window. Ready to get into the spring of things? Try:
Themed story hour: Take a trip to the local library and have everyone choose an age appropriate book with a spring motif. Come home and spend the rest of the day reading and talking about everyone’s literary selections.
Living room picnic: A little advance planning (and weather watching) can help put a fun seasonal twist on this kid-friendly favorite. Talk with your children about some of their favorite spring dishes and discuss the type of fruits and vegetables that are currently in season. Let them help put together the menu and prepare some of the faire, lay down a fun festive blanket and you’re ready to enjoy al fresco dining inside!
Seasonal journals: Gather up the kids and have them write about spring. Give them a specific topic to explore such as talking about their favorite activities or, encourage them to write about a spring topic of their own choosing. Have little ones who aren’t quite ready to write? No problem; give them some crayons and let them express themselves through pictures. When everyone’s done, be sure to have a share time to hear each child’s thoughts and ideas.
Spring clothes fashion show: Bust out last year’s seasonal fashions, play some fun music and let your children walk your indoor “runway.” They’ll love not being in heavy sweaters and, (as an added parenting bonus!) you’ll get a chance to see what still fits and what’s ready for donating.
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