Spending time indoors this spring? Before your kids drive you — and themselves — crazy, introduce these kid friendly spring activities that you can do at home.By Edvin Brobeck
As the weather warms, more birds will come out from their nests in search of food and mates. Spring is the perfect time to start bird watching. Luckily, you don’t need to spend much money to start this hobby with your kids. Get started with:
If your kids love watching birds, you can make plans to visit nearby parks and wildlife refuges in the summer.
Depending on where you live, the spring season can have rather cold days and nights. Even in colder climates, you can grow a few plants like lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, and peas. Besides, starting a garden early in the season makes it easier for you to continue growing vegetables during the summer.
Teaching your children how to raise food will benefit them throughout life. With home gardens, you benefit from fresh produce that hasn’t been treated with dangerous chemicals. Gardening can also improve mental health, encourage people to get exercise, and boost their immune systems from getting their hands in the dirt.
Learning to make balloon animals is a fun, inexpensive way to pass the time. You only need:
Get your kids to make easy balloon animals. Also, let them experiment and have their imaginations run wild.
Whether you enjoy this activity for one night or your kids pick up the hobby for years, your family will have fun. Monitor your young children, though. There’s a mild risk that they could swallow uninflated balloons.
Kids are never too young to start learning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) fundamentals.
At first, it might sound ridiculous to have your young children try STEM projects. Carefully curated kits make it easy to give your children age-appropriate projects. KiwiCo stands out as one of your best options. The company lets you choose:
KiwiCo even has Marker Crates for people ages 14 to 104. The company will send you one project per month to keep your kids interested. You might even learn a few things, too.
Research shows that you shouldn’t let your kids use screens too often. That doesn’t mean you should abandon family movie night. Making it a special occasion could even decrease the amount of time your kids spend staring at the TV during the day.
For a great family movie night:
If your kids don’t already have favorite characters from books, video games, and TV shows, movie night will change that. Why resist? Embrace their new interest by turning it into a new hobby.
Mapiful makes it easy for your family to create unique posters that feature their favorite characters. You just need to upload some art, choose a little text, and set a theme. Mapiful will do the work and send you a professionally printed poster that you can hang in your home.
For a fancier look, add a frame that will protect your poster and match your home’s aesthetic.
Parents can struggle to entertain their kids. They don’t exactly have the longest attention spans, after all. Start with these six kid-friendly spring activities to do at home. If they don’t respond to them, you can always look for other options. More often than not, at least one of these activities will captivate your kids. Whether it lasts for an hour or a few weeks, you can’t know until you try.
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