Want to share a May Day tradition that will make someone smile?
Surprise friends and neighbors with a May basket, a lovely (and secret) gift your family can make together.
In this article I will show you how to make a May Day basket filled with flowers to celebrate spring and then go a-Maying in your community to bring joy to someone’s day.
Why Go a-Maying?
May Day is a holiday celebrated around the world on May 1. It’s especially fun for kids, since it involves making special baskets of flowers and mysteriously delivering them to friends and neighbors.
Going a-Maying is a fantastic way to get your kids face-to-face with all that budding, blossoming, good-smelling beauty of spring.
You’ve heard the saying, “stop and smell the roses.” This activity has you literally stop and smell the flowers, gather them, put them in a special basket and secretly deliver them. What’s “springier” than that?
Are you looking for an ongoing project that you and your family can work on together?
Plan and plant a kid-friendly garden this spring with your kids.
In this article we’ll show you how to plant a garden this spring so you can enjoy a whole summer of kids’ gardening fun.
Why a Garden?
Even though a garden can seem to be a lot of work, they are great fun and fairly simple when you plan and prepare.
They key is to choose what type of garden you want to grow as a family, and involve all members in every step of the process. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor.
Or would they rather stay inside, glued to the TV or computer?
Want to fix that?
In this article I’ll share 10 ways to lure your kids outside for some fun spring activities and inspire them to stay and play for a while.
Why Outdoor Activities?
It’s important for our children to be involved in outdoor activities and spring is a perfect time to find some fun things to do outside.
After staying inside out of the cold all winter, the change in weather can bring a few challenges: How can you pull your kids away from their electronics? What will entice them to go outdoors? And will they stay there long?
Kids spend enough time inside at school as it is. So, when they have spare time and a beautiful day, it’s important to have some fun outdoor activities ready to go.
Here are 10 items that can help.
Are they excited to get outdoors now that spring is here?
Want a great activity that involves a heaping helping of nature and a bit of competition?
Here’s a fun way to bond with your kids, explore the outdoors and let your competitive streak shine: as a family, make paper boats and sail them down a stream.
Don’t have a nearby stream? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
In this article I’ll show you how to build a paper boat (also called an origami boat) and then find the perfect stream for a family boat race.
Why Construct Paper Boats?
Boats, like cars, trains, airplanes and all transportation really, take you away from your everyday life and lead to an exciting adventure. And what kid doesn’t like an adventure… especially an outdoor journey with a craft thrown in for extra fun?
All you need is some paper or cardboard, duct tape and a flowing stream. You’ll have your kids outside racing paper boats in no time.
Looking for some springtime fun for your family, if only it would stop raining?
You and your kids can celebrate spring, no matter what the weather is.
The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have scoured the web and found 15 spring activities your family can enjoy either indoors or outdoors (or a little bit of both).
In this article I’ll share our favorite 15 for spring activities (think indoor-outdoor adventures) that you can enjoy with your kids, regardless of the forecast.
Why Spring Activities?
Spring is around the corner! We look forward to warmer days, flowers and more opportunities to get outside and play. But sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, sending blustery weather our way.
Below, you’ll find a range of activities as dynamic as the weather. Use this list on warm days when you want to grab the kids and do something together outside, and on those grey, rainy days that are best spent indoors. Some activities have an element of both, because, well, some spring days are like that!
We can’t help but feel hopeful in the spring. As winter thaws, it’s an exciting time for new beginnings and growth in nature. Kids feel the new energy too, and want to get into the spirit of the season. The activities below can help.
Looking for a fun and active way to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day?
Head outside for a colorful springtime adventure with a St. Patrick’s Day twist.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create a rainbow treasure hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day or any day.
After all, who wouldn’t want to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?
Why a Rainbow Treasure Hunt?
The leprechaun is a primary symbol of the March 17th holiday. Tradition tells us that these fairies, dressed all in green, hide their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Leprechauns enjoy mischief and are difficult to catch because they’re always one step ahead. And if you catch a leprechaun, he will give you his pot of gold or grant you three wishes in exchange for his release.
Do you want an easy way to turn snow into a delicious winter treat?
Make your own flavored snowballs at home!
Many people think of snow cones or shaved ice as summer fare, but they’re even better when you can make them out of real snow in the wintertime.
In this article I’ll show you and your kids how to make backyard snow cones, a flavored snowball snack that’s totally chillicious.
Why Make Flavored Snowballs?
Snow is fun… and there’s so much you can do with it. You can make snow forts, have snowball fights and build snowmen. Snow can also be a unique yummy treat you can make as a family. Besides, why wait until summer to indulge in a delicious, icy delight when it’s right outside your door!
Want to bring the mythical world of Percy Jackson to life in your own backyard?
Do your kids turn anything they get their hands on into a weapon?
Here’s a sword that won’t hurt.
This one won’t turn into a pen, but you can use it to stage an epic battle of good vs. evil, hero vs. monster or just kids vs. Dad.
In this article I’ll show you how to make an inexpensive (and safe) sword out of PVC and pool noodles so you can duel with your kids. Recreate battles from Percy Jackson and the Olympians books or make up your own family sword-fighting adventure—you and your kids will have lots of fun either way.
Why Stage a Sword Battle?
Heroes and their swords are a classic theme in adventure stories—from King Arthur and Excalibur to Luke Skywalker and his lightsaber and even Percy Jackson and Riptide. Sword battles have been used in literature and movies throughout time to represent the struggle and eventual triumph of good over evil.
And as long as kids have been picking up sticks from the ground, they have been staging their own versions of these fantastic battles of will and swordplay. It’s even better when Mom or Dad plays the role of the big ugly monster!
It’s great fun until someone gets hurt.
They won’t get hurt with the padded sword I’ll teach you how to make below, so you can let your kids’ imaginations run wild. All you need is a little time, some inexpensive supplies and a space to do battle.
Make them a snack! It’s a quick and easy way to enjoy nature’s creatures all year long.
In this article, I’ll show you how to make a simple bird feeder with your kids that will keep your feathered friends fed and happy—in 10 minutes or less.
Why Make a Bird Feeder?
This quick project is a fun way to spend time together as a family and teach your kids to appreciate wildlife right in your own backyard.
As the weather changes, some bird species migrate away, others visit your area while migrating through and still others stay close to home to stick out the winter months. With this project, you can help feed local and traveling birds any time of year.
My kids love being able to look out the window, even days after we hung our bird feeders, and watch the birds eating. It gives them a sense of satisfaction and fosters stewardship to see that they can help the creatures find something to eat when the snow on the ground would otherwise make that difficult.
Want to get them out in the fresh air so they can burn some energy AND get creative?
Cure your cabin fever woes with a fun family activity that will get you all outside for a fall walk that will bring back what you need to decorate your door and welcome holiday guests.
In this article I’ll show you how to make a fun and festive fall wreath with your kids using materials you find on a nature walk.
Why Make a Nature Wreath?
The colder seasons give us a chance to slow down after the busy summer months and connect with our kids indoors, but it can be a challenge to find activities everyone will enjoy.