By ALLIE MYSZKA
April showers are in full swing, but so are chirping birds and blooming flowers (finally!). There’s no time like the present to soak in the best that spring has to offer, so check out a few of our favorite spring ideas that are sure to please the young and old alike in your household.
- Take a nature walk.
Live in a beautiful neighborhood? Lace up your walking shoes and head out for a stroll together. Challenge your kids to find different types of plants, or look for birds that you can easily identify. If you’ve got less-than-ideal outdoor walking space close to home, Nashville’s parks offer plenty of spring goodness, too.
- Make a bird feeder.
Remember those pinecone and peanut butter bird feeders you made as a kid? That’s still a perfect craft for your family to do together. Tie a string to a pine cone, slather the pine cone in peanut butter, then roll it in birdseed and hang it in the backyard (preferably somewhere the kids can see it!). If you’re feeling extra crafty, use bread instead of a pine cone, and break out the cookie cutters to cut the bread into fun shapes.
- Plant a container garden.
Whether you’ve got a green thumb or not, planting something and watching it grow can be rewarding. Help your kids start a container garden (read here for some plant ideas), and add a lesson in responsibility by having them come up with a watering schedule. To add some extra color and personality to your garden, sit down with the kids and paint your own terra cotta pots before you plant. You could also use this tutorial to create pretty pots with tissue paper and glue.
- Make paper flowers.
April showers may bring May flowers, but rain can also keep you from venturing outside to enjoy those flowers! Make your own “indoor” flowers with tissue paper, coffee filters, or cupcake papers. Use green pipe cleaner or floral wire for the stems. If you need more help getting started, check out this tutorial. And just in case your container garden doesn’t go well, remember that these adorable flowers won’t require any maintenance at all!
- Play some indoor games.
If those temperamental spring rainstorms have you stuck inside, go back to some old-fashioned fun with a game of hide-and-seek or cards. Your kids have never played your favorite board game? Settle down at the kitchen table with some snacks, and play until the storms pass. No chance of sitting still for that long? Let your kids set up a scavenger hunt inside the house. Have them pick a few small items, then come up with clues on their own. They can give their clues to a sibling, or to you!
What other spring activities would you add?
Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, an old soul, and a chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.