15 Spring Activities to Do With Your Kids (Indoor and Outdoor)
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.
A few facts about spring:
- In the Northern hemisphere (the part of the world north of the equator, which includes North America, Europe and Asia), spring begins on March 21-22.
- The seasons are opposite in the Southern hemisphere; thus same day is the beginning of fall for our friends in Australia, New Zealand and much of Africa and South America.
- The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox, which means “equal spring days” in Latin.
- On the equinox, day and night are the same length—12 hours—and days start to get longer than nights.
Here are 15 ways to enjoy the lengthening days together:
#1: Go on a Picnic
Nothing rings in springtime like going on a picnic as a family. Heide Estrada gives quick tips to throw together a great outdoor picnic in a snap!
When spring brings a gorgeous day, go outside and savor the sunshine with your kids. Check out this article so you’ll be prepared whenever a perfect picnic day presents itself.
If the rain won’t seem to end, you can hold a picnic indoors. Just spread a blanket on the floor and enjoy a family meal in your living room.
Indoors or out, you can take along some of these other springtime activities to enjoy on your picnic.
#2: Bounce a Bubble
Steve does a great job of giving step-by-step instructions, in addition to sharing the scientific reasons behind why things work the way they do—and why this bubble bounces instead of bursting.
These bubbles are extra-strong to withstand the occasional gust of springtime wind. Make the bubble solution indoors 24 hours before you plan your bubble-bouncing adventure.
#3: Do an Art Project
Maggy Woodley from Red Ted Art always has great art ideas, and this one is no exception. Her blog post is a roundup of 30 art projects for kids based on famous works by great artists.
If it’s rainy and windy outside, pick a project and lose yourselves in the creative process indoors.
Bright and sunny? What a great time to go outside, observe the world around you and get creative. Springtime, with its extra light and ever-changing landscapes, is an extra-special time for art.
Indoors or out, encourage your kids to grab a pencil and a piece of paper; an easel, paints and a canvas; or even a hunk of clay and express themselves through art.
#4: Make a Cardboard Crown
We all know “where the wild things are”: they’re outside!
Every kid loves costumes, and upcycling materials from around the house to make them deserves bonus points in our book. This author took a common object—a cereal box—and turned it into something whimsical and fun with nothing but paint and scissors.
So make crowns with your kids in the house, read the story of Max and the wild things, and then go outside on a beautiful spring day and have an adventure of your own.
#5: Turn Flowers Different Colors
What a perfect way to bring nature and color indoors! Try doing this project using several jars in a rainbow of colors.
Then, when the weather’s nice, go outside and look for signs of spring. Look for tulips, daffodils and crocuses in your neighborhood.
Make it a game: Have your kids count how many different colors they can find. Or look at trees and point out the buds. Then ask your kids if they think those buds will become blossoms or leaves.
#6: Fly a Kite
Springtime breezes make it the perfect time to go outside and fly a kite with your kids! Jacqui Fisher from KC Edventures talks about flying kites and how to discuss the science of kites with kids, too!
Is the day too wet to fly a kite? Make a pinwheel instead, like this one from Krissy Sherman Bonning at B-Inspired Mama. Put a pinwheel in a planter outside your child’s window or just blow on it inside the house. It will be entertaining to watch on cooler days and the kiddos can play with it outside on warmer days.
#7: Make Mud Pies (and the Indoor Version, Play Dough)
Rainy spring days leave behind the perfect medium for childhood fun: mud puddles! Encourage your kids to explore the world when it’s wet, to splash in the puddles left behind and to squeeze the soggy earth between their fingers. Then welcome them back inside to a nice, warm bath!
If it’s still too rainy to head outside, you can simulate the squishy fun of playing in the mud with play dough.
And when I say “keeper,” I mean it. This play dough mixture lasts up to 6 months! So your kids will be able to sink their fingers into this play dough long after the mud puddles have dried up.
#8: Make a Bird Feeder
Did you know that over 1800 species of birds migrate each year? As the weather warms up and they fly back for the summer, welcome the birds home with a sweet snack.
This pine cone bird feeder, shared by Sarah Shipley on My Kids’ Adventures, uses only three ingredients and takes only 10 minutes. It’s the perfect, simple spring project for kids of all ages (and their busy parents).
Make your birdfeeders indoors then head outside to hang them in the trees. (No trees? Try a patio cover or the eaves of your home.) Hang the birdfeeders outside a window and observe the birds any time they come for a meal.
Use your birdfeeder to teach your kids the basics of birdwatching. Have your kids take photos of the birds and then look them up in a book or online. That way, they’re not just feeding birds, they’re learning about them.
Note: Younger kids may need a little help taking photos and looking up the birds. You can also have them draw pictures of the birds they see.
#9: Use Sidewalk Chalk
This article that Paula Luke shared with My Kids’ Adventures introduces a unique twist on sidewalk chalk art that’s perfect for the rainy spring weather.
Head outside while it’s sunny and draw something wonderful with sidewalk chalk. Add some water from your garden watering can or a nearby puddle and watch the drawing transform. Then turn it into something new by blending and adding more chalk.
When the rain starts up again, it will wash the sidewalks clean, and you’ll have a fresh canvas for next time.
#10: Do a Cross-Stitch
Spring is a time for baby animals. Visit a farm, the zoo, a pet store or your own backyard and see how many newborn creatures you can find. No matter where you see them, kids just love the cuddly softness of baby animals and they usually want to bring one home.
Why not make a special card in the shape of the animals you saw? Mr. Printables has several cute animal shapes in their cross-stitch card collection that are super-easy to download and print. Be sure to check out the bird and bunny—perfect for spring!
Make a simple cross-stitch card with your kids in spring shapes and colors. There are adorable color combo ideas displayed on the website, but you aren’t locked into any specific colors. This cross-stitch activity is perfect for beginners because there is no hoop or material required. Plus, they’ve included tips and tricks for newbies.
Use the leftover floss to make a friendship bracelet or other another project.
#11: Create an Egg Carton Craft
Want to add some color while you’re waiting for spring flowers to bloom outside? Make your own bouquet with this fun egg carton craft. These paper flowers from Hannah Boyd at Education.com are made from recycled egg cartons and are an easy craft activity for kids of all ages.
We love that it’s so easy to turn upcycled egg cartons into beautiful bouquets. What a great gift for Mother’s Day or a centerpiece for your Easter or Passover celebration. They’ll last through spring and several seasons to follow.
#12: Make a Teepee
Are your kids the adventurous type? Do they like to build forts inside and outside your home? Build this teepee or tent for lots of indoor-outdoor fun.
Granted, this is one of the more intricate springtime projects in this article, but it’ll lead to hours of fun!
Do your kids want to make a tent that’s more like a fairy princess castle? Try this hula hoop castle tent from Amanda at Namesake Design. For a no-sew version, attach a cute shower curtain to the hoop with shower curtain hooks.
These tents are especially great because they work inside or out, so your kids can play in them almost anywhere!
#13: Use Nature to Make Art
We love how she used a variety of items from nature. And you can do the same.
Go outside and find whatever flowers, petals and leaves are available in your area, then replicate her designs by using simple shapes with a pen on paper.
Or have your kids come up with combinations of their own. What a fantastic way to introduce multimedia in nature to kids!
#14: Hunt for Animal Tracks and Create a Plaster Cast
If you want to know how to hunt for animal tracks and make a plaster cast, check out this article from Amy Dunn Moscoso on My Kids’ Adventures. This animal footprint scavenger hunt is great because it was created specifically with kids in mind.
It’s crafty and it’s scientific! Do some research before you leave home about animals found in your area, then head to a nearby wilderness and start tracking them.
Your kids might like it so much they’ll look at nature in a whole new light… and they’ll start looking everywhere for animal tracks to add to their collection. Plus, in the spring, it’s extra-fun to look for baby animal tracks. Unless it’s a bear. Don’t look for those!
There are lots of different scavenger hunts that are perfect for spring, so check them out and get creative.
#15: Plant Something
Our favorite idea for something to do in spring is to plant seeds with your kids. Planting seeds and nurturing them as they grow is a great indoor-outdoor activity for everyone.
Start the seeds inside and transfer them outdoors when they’re large enough. Kathy James at Nurture Store shares some no-brainer tips and helpful reminders for novice gardeners or anyone who may have forgotten the basics over the winter.
Don’t limit yourself to just planting seeds. Plant started vegetables, flowers or even a tree in the ground with your kids!
Some Final Thoughts…
Spring is the perfect time to celebrate the exciting happenings in nature. No matter the weather, we hope you found a great activity for your kids indoors, outdoors or both. Remember, be inspired by nature and have fun too!
What do you think? What are your favorite spring activities? What activities did we miss? Tell us about your favorite spring activity in the comments section. Feel free to share photos as well.
Kristin Ammerman is a mom, creative writer and the evangelist of fun for My Kids' Adventures. Her three kids love that their mom's job includes trying out new family activities. Other posts by KJ Ammerman »