We're five weeks in to Safer At Home, and we're guessing you need some fresh inspiration for what to do around the house. Here are 25 *extremely* easy Spring activities that you can do with your kids at home. No extra supplies required!
1. Adopt A Tree
Announce to your little one that today you're going to add a new member to the family. You'll be adopting a tree! First, you'll have to choose the perfect tree for your family. Head out to the yard or for a walk (keeping a safe distance from others) and find your lucky tree. It can even be a bush or a an old stump! Once you decide on a tree, get better acquainted with it together using your sight, touch, hearing, and smell to describe the tree. Is it alive? How can you tell? Can you tell what kind of tree it is? How could you find out? Do you see any opening buds, insects, holes where animals live, or birds preparing nests? If you have a tape measurer, measure the circumference of the trunk. (If you want to be Very Official, check out our Adopt-A-Tree Printable.)
Check in on your Family Tree every so often to see how it's doing. Take pictures of it every visit to see how it's changed. Draw its portrait and hang it on your refrigerator. Write a poem about it. Start a log book. Give it a name and talk about it lovingly. It's a family member, after all!
2. Window Sketching
Do you have a dry erase marker in the house? Find a window and work together to draw springy scenes. (That's right, draw it right on the window! The dry erase marker will wipe right off, so there's no mess for you.)
3. Leaf Counting
As you enjoy some fresh air outside together, begin to collect fallen leaves and sort them into number groups (1 leaf, 2 leaves, 3 leaves, etc.). Eventually, the odds are your child will come over and see what you're doing. Count them together. See if your child can take the lead making leaf number groups. Can your older children create some leaf equations? What else would your child enjoy making number groups with?
4. Mud Paint
Grab some containers you don't care much about, some plain paper, and a handful of old paintbrushes. Outside, scoop a healthy amount of dirt into each container, and then add a small amount of water and good amount of food coloring. If you don't have food coloring, this will be just as fun with plain old mud. Some recipes call for dish soap to help prevent stains in clothes, but it's also optional. You're ready to mud paint!
5. Signs Of Spring
Have a chat about the signs of spring that are happening outside at this very moment. There are birds singing, frogs hopping around, buds on the trees, worms in the dirt, and nests way up high. Head out for a walk and see which signs of spring you can spot with your own two eyes. Snap some photos to send to a friend or relative.
Need binoculars? If you have two small toilet paper rolls, tie them together to make a pair of binoculars to take on your walk.
Bring Your Stuffy: Would your child like to take their favorite stuffed animal on a stroller walk to show them all the signs of spring? That stuffy probably needs some fresh air, after all.
Find The Rainbow: Try to find an item for every color of the rainbow.
6. Spring Jigsaw Puzzle
7. Magic Paper Towel Tree
It's magic! Fold one piece of paper towel in half so that it looks like a book. On the inside of the book, draw a tree trunk and branches, with colorful leaves and fruit. You can add sunshine, blue sky, and anything you fancy! Now, fold your paper towel book so that you can't see your drawing anymore. Drop it into a bowl of water, and watch how your colorful drawing magically appears! What other spring sketches can you draw?
8. Strike A Pose
Tell your kids that you're going to turn into a tree, tall and steady. Show them the Yoga Tree Pose, bringing one foot to the inner thigh, and palms together at your chest or above your head. It takes balance! Invite your child to try. The steadier your roots grow through your feet, the taller you can stand and stretch your branches and blossoms up towards the sky.
9. Here Is A Nest
Teach your child this springy poem (Poetry):
Here is a nest for the robin (make a nest with your hands)
Here is a hive for the bees (Ball up your fist)
Here is a hole for the bunny (make a hole with your hands)
And a house for you and me. (Point your fingers together in the shape of a roof)
Throughout your week you can recite this poem and talk about habitats. What other habitats can you spot on your walks and time spent outside? You can even add to the poem yourself. (Here is dirt for the worm, here is a hole for the squirrel, etc.)
10. Sunny Sit Spot
Take your little one(s) by the hand and head outside. Choose a cozy looking spot underneath a tree and sit very still. When your child joins you, explain you're trying to stay as still as a tree for as long as you can. You might go through a few rounds of this, trying to go for a little longer each time. The goal is to awaken your senses to the sounds and sights in nature. Afterwards, talk about what you saw and heart. Start drawing a picture or writing a list of what you observed. (On a piece of paper, or in the dirt!) Invite your child to do the same.Send your picture or list to a loved one. Challenge them to do the same and send it back to you!
11. Dirt Writing
Find the perfect writing stick. One that's sturdy with a fairly pointy tip, and just the right length. Find some dirt to write in! Write the alphabet. Write your name. Write the word "Spring". Write a sweet message to a loved one. Just write! Chat about what sounds the letters make, and if a letter is upper case or lower case. Follow your child's lead!
Alternative: Is it feeling like more of a math day? Write all the numbers you can. Solve simple equations. Draw shapes. Make patterns with the shapes. The possibilties are endless. We can't wait to see which direction your child takes it.
12. Themed Story Time
Pull out your favorite Spring-themed book and snuggle up for story time. Need some new titles? ABCmouse.com has a huge library of books, like this "Some Bunny Loves Me" story from National Geographic. Try it free >>
13. Cloud Meditation
Remember when you were a child, how mesmerizing clouds could be? You could stare at them for a long time, finding new shapes and animals, watching them form and dissipate. On a mild day, lie down with your kids with a good view of the clouds. You can make some observations with them. Are they fluffy or thin? Are they moving? What color are they? What shapes do they make? Or, you can just be silent and watch them together.
14. Shadow Tracing
On a sunny day, position different objects (or people!) so that you can clearly see their shadow. Then trace away!
15. Tackle Your To-Do List
Whether it's spring cleaning or a little yard, we're sure you have loads of things you'd like to get
done on your to-do list. Invite your child into your world to work alongside you. Sure, it will slow you down a bit, but it's one of the best ways for them to learn. Outside, you're sure to find worms and bugs that will mesmerize them. Inside, they can help fold, sweep, and wipe things down. They'll be naturally curious about what you're doing and why. And, if they lose interest and scamper off to play, just keep right on going!
Got a gardener on your hands? If one of your older children seems enamored with the garden, hand them their first Garden Journal (pictured here), and ask them to write down their observations every so often as the garden changes. Tell them it will help you get to know the garden better.
16. Spring Hide & Seek
Ask your child what they think is hiding in your yard, neighborhood, or favorite park. Then invite them to go find out! Turn over logs, sticks, rock, bark, and leaves. What can they find? Then, pretend you are little potato bugs and play your own game of Spring Hide & Seek. Later, draw some pictures or write a list of what you found. Show it to a loved one!
17. Water Painting
Grab some paintbrushes and a bucket of water, and get to painting! It's a sure-fire way for your kids to have fun, and there's no mess for you. Paint the house, paint the fence, paint the driveway! You can even paint the bathroom.
18. Spring Poetry Read Aloud
Crack open any poetry books you have in the house, or search for a spring poem online. Read them aloud to your kids. You can even try to memorize them little by little, and send a video to your loved ones.
19. Leaf & Bark Rubbings
Head outside a gather some leaves. Place a paper over it and draw over it with a crayon. You'll see lines and textures you may not have noticed before. You can also take your paper outside and do this on a tree trunk.
20. Alphabet Rocks
Invite your child to head outside for some fresh air. Begin collecting some rocks and pebbles. If rocks are not aplenty near you, find some sticks, leaves, acorns, or other natural materials.
Start making letters out of the materials, and invite your child to do the same. You can practice saying the sound that each letter makes. Can you spell your name? Your favorite animal? A message to a loved one?
You can also take a sharpie and write one letter on each rock. What words can your child spell?
21. Play Catch (With A Spin)
Ask your child if they'd like to go play catch. Find an open space, and practice playing catch. Try throwing underarm, overarm, sideways, under your legs, and any other way you can think of.
Then, try throwing items besides a traditional ball. Can you spare an oval-shaped egg? What would it be like to throw and catch a wet sponge? A coin? A square pillow?
22. Family Roots
Ask your child if they ever realized that your family is like one large tree. Everyone is connected by roots and branches. Begin asking your child who is in your family, and writing down their names or titles (mom, dad, etc.). See if your child can take the lead writing the names, or the first letter of each name. You can decorate each slip of paper if you want to get creative. Then, grab some tape and find an open wall in your home. Tape up each name and show your child how they are connected. Use paper to create the parts of your tree (roots, trunk, branches, twigs, and leaves).
23. Bubble Art
Got bubbles? Put a drop of food coloring in them, and watch the turn colors! Blow them onto some paper to create unique designs.
24. Spring Coloring
Do you have coloring books lyings around? Some of them probably have some beautiful spring scenes in them for your child to work on. If not, ABCMouse.com has some interactive coloring pages. Try it free >>
25. I Spy Spring Edition
Has anyone else become an avid bird watcher while staying Safe At Home? Keep track of the creatures in your yard and get to know them. Every time you see one, mark a tally. Can you tell if it's the same creature you saw before, or a new one? How many squirrels and birds do you see each week? It's fun to keep track!
Need Dessert? Make Mud Pie!
Whip up a batch of Mud Pie, and join us in The Pond, our new online preschool community.