Well, I'm fairly smitten with this beautiful Spring weather, which always reminds me of the first few weeks after Frankie-Rose was born and compels me to hum and fill the house with flowers and drag the deck chairs out for morning coffee. It's such good timing for the Easter holidays! I wanted to share our favourite Spring activities, all of which require no money (well maybe a train fare or petrol money) and little time. No expensive theme parks or holidays. Just simple activities our kid loves.
1) Go to your nearest large park or woods and take a few copies of our free printable Nature Bingo for little kids, or our free printable Nature Bingo for bigger kids. You could organise a group trip and print out a few.
2) Bake carrot cake using new season baby carrots (so sweet and delicious!) Then have a tea party in the garden. This is always pretty messy but worth it. Frankie and Elfie are both brilliant at cracking eggs (and fishing out bits of shell!) and both love pouring flour on to the scales etc. Put a few spring flowers in a little vase and use a tea pot; it makes it just that bit more special and kids pick up on that. Frankie and her cousin Stanley requested apple and raisins to accompany their cakes and they wanted milk in the tea pot!
3) Decorate glass jars and use them as vases for Spring flowers (tissue paper and watered down PVA is fun for kids!)
4) Organise a picnic with friends to a local beauty spot that has beautiful Spring flower displays. You might need layers- and don't forget a flask of tea, but you'll probably have the place to yourself, most people wait until Summer to picnic.
5) Go pond dipping. Even busy cities have gardens where you can do this- google for your nearest. In Faversham we are incredibly lucky to have access to Abbey Physic Garden which has a small pond and supplies nets and buckets for kids to fish out frogspawn and the like.
6) Go Blossom or Daffodil hunting. Frankie is really into “We’re going on a bear hunt” so we sometimes supplement the word bear for daffodil/blossom etc which makes it more of a game for her- she shrieks from the car now when she sees daffodils or Tulips!
7) Plant seeds or bulbs. Let them get messy and be cool with them squelching the soil with their hands (I learned this the hard way!) We do our potting on our patio so I can sweep up the compost and re use it afterwards. If it turns into a mud kitchen then I go with it and bring out a wooden spoon and a pan for her.
8) Make a Spring floral crown out of paper.
9) Make a welcome home birds basket for the migrating birds. (This is a suggestion from our Sunday Supplement- we love it so much!)
10) Plan a trip to the sea shore! Bring a bucket or basket and task your kids to look for egg shaped rocks. Frankie loved doing this so much that she didn't want to leave and came home with a beautiful collection. Leave them as they are or paint them when you get home.
What are your favourite free things to do with kids?
There are lots more ideas over on Pinterest too (as always!)
Things to make and do with kids:
Things to make and do with kids outside:
And loads of ideas to make dens, for the inevitable rainy days to come.
And finally, here are the free printables, arrange 4 on one A4 sheet.
For bigger kids: