10 Ways to Tempt Your Kids to Go Outside and Play: Spring Activities

Are your kids looking for some fun things to do outside this spring?

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.

Outdoor spring activities: 10 items that will lure your kids outside for some fun spring activities and inspire them to stay outdoors and play for awhile.

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.

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Ten Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Your Kids

Do your kids complain that there’s nothing to do?

Want to liven things up with a fun activity that can be done anytime, anywhere, for the cost of a few trinkets or treats?

Send them on a scavenger hunt! Whether you have one child or a large group, it’s an easy way to add fun to an ordinary day and beat the boredom blues. And you can turn almost anything into a scavenger hunt!

In this article you’ll find 10 scavenger hunt ideas (with printable checklists) that you can do right now with your kids. And I’ll share tips and tricks to help you create your own scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere.

10 scavenger hunt ideas (with printable checklists) to do right now with your kids. Tips and tricks to help you create your own scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere.

Why a Scavenger Hunt?

Scavenger hunts are fun! They add something extra to ordinary events and make them memorable.

They’re easy to create and can be tailored to any theme, any age, any place. Scavenger hunts are usually thought of for parties or other large groups, but they’re just as fun for small families or even individual children.

A scavenger hunt adds an element of competition, urgency and excitement to any everyday event and makes it something special. They’re great for parties, but equally fun for rainy days, car trips, visits to new places, meeting new people or any time kids get bored. You can make almost anything—even chores—into a game by turning it into a scavenger hunt.

I’ll show you how…

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How Your Kids Can Have a Global Scavenger Hunt Without Leaving Home

Do your kids like scavenger hunts?

Would you like to take them around the world without the cost?

Get ready for a scavenger hunt like no other.

Your kids discover fascinating facts about places like Antarctica, the Seven Wonders of the World or a real castle!

Looking all over the globe for unique and unusual places is as easy as a few clicks of the mouse or a few taps on the touchscreen.

In this article I’ll show you how to “visit” some of the world’s most famous and beautiful landmarks with your kids using Google Earth, keep a personal travel journal of your discoveries and make a tasty international treat to celebrate the return from your “travels.”

Visit places around the world with your kids on a Google Earth scavenger hunt. Make a journal of your discoveries and a treat to celebrate your travels.

Why Use Google Earth to Teach Kids About the World?

The world is a wide and varied place. Media and technology are making it smaller, bringing people together like never before. It’s important for kids (and adults, too) to learn about the people, places and cultures that are now so accessible to them.

And there are so many incredible places to see!

It would take a lifetime (and a whole lot of money) to visit them all, but Internet sites like Google Earth make it possible to see real sights around the world that even the most experienced travelers may never visit.

If an around-the-world vacation isn’t in your plans or budget, the great Google Earth scavenger hunt is a fun alternative—a way to use technology to expose your family to places far and wide and have an international adventure together from your own home.

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How to Have a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

What do your kids know about the first Thanksgiving?

Would you like to make the story of this incredible event more vivid for your children?

Send your family on a journey of discovery, starting with the sailing of the Mayflower and ending with the Thanksgiving meal itself.

In this article, you’ll find all you need to plan a quick and easy Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt that’s both fun and educational.

How to plan a quick and easy Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt that's both fun and educational.

Why a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt?

When you ask most kids to tell you about the first Thanksgiving, they’ll rattle off a thing or two about the Pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkin pie. Not a bad start, but there’s so much more to the story!

Get your children excited to learn more about the first Thanksgiving. Send them on a scavenger hunt to track down fun Thanksgiving facts and tidbits!

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How to Have an Outdoor Leaf Scavenger Hunt With Your Kids

Do your kids like to explore and discover new things?

Looking for a fun outdoor activity that’s perfect for a cool, crisp autumn day?

Here’s something new to do with a favorite fall novelty: Take your family on a leaf-hunting expedition and get an up-close look at some of nature’s wonders.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a fall foliage scavenger hunt that will keep your kids engaged and entertained as they explore the world around them.

Learn how to create a fall foliage leaf scavenger hunt that will keep your kids engaged and entertained as they explore the world around them.

Why Go on a Leaf-Hunting Expedition?

Fall leaves are pretty cool. They crunch underfoot and amaze us with their transforming colors.

They’re gorgeous. They’re interesting. They smell good. They’re only around for a short while.

They’re one of nature’s many wonders and there’s so much more to them than jumping into a pile! As satisfying as that big, explosive “crunch” can be, it’s also great fun to help your kids slow down once in a while and notice how special autumn leaves are by going on a leaf scavenger hunt.

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How to Turn Community Cleanup Into a Fun Scavenger Hunt

Can you think of somewhere in your neighborhood that’s looking nasty and neglected?

Is your park, playground or beach looking less than perfect?

For less than an hour of your time, your family can make a big and visible improvement to your little corner of the world.

And you may just have some fun while you’re doing it.

In this article, I’ll show you how to inject an element of entertainment and competition into a dirty job—picking up trash.

You’ll see how easy it is to plan a community service project with a twist… or a list. A scavenger hunt list, that is.

Cleanup scavenger hunt: how to inject an element of entertainment and competition into a dirty job—picking up trash.

Why Should We Clean Up the Trash?

We all teach our kids not to litter. We keep our homes and our yards clean and try to keep our neighborhoods nice. But unfortunately, trash tends to collect, especially in public areas.

I’ll bet you can think of a place right now that’s looking nasty and neglected… Got one?

There are lots of good reasons to clean that place up. It may not be your job, but it is where you live and helping to keep it nice and safe will benefit a lot of people. Plus, volunteering to clean it up sends a great message to your kids. Maybe it will motivate them to clean up their rooms (or maybe not!).

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