Spring is finally here! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is finally shining… on most days. If you’re a parent with a little one who has spring fever, begging to be outside until it’s dark, it can be frustrating when it rains.
Here is a round-up of fun things children can do on a rainy day inside OR sunny days outside this spring.
Have a Picnic - Nothing says SPRING like a backyard picnic on a big blanket. However, you don’t always have to go outside to have a picnic. Move some furniture around and set up a picnic in the middle of the living room. Or build a fort and enjoy lunch inside your new place.
Go on a Spring Scavenger Hunt - We love to go on scavenger hunts both inside and outside of our house. I make a list of items for my children to find and send them on their way. An indoor spring scavenger hunt may include: something green or yellow, a potted plant, rainy day gear, and something to block the sun (sunglasses, hat, etc.). If you’re going outside, add “Signs of Nature” to your list - the options are endless. Blooms, birds, bees, etc.
Make Handprint Crafts - There is nothing cuter than a handprint bunny or flower made on a canvas. Not only are handprint crafts lots of fun, but they also make wonderful gifts for family and friends. All you need is washable paints, an art canvas (found at the craft store or on Amazon), and hands. See instructions for my Flower Handprint Craft here: https://caitlinhoustonblog.com/handprint-flower-craft-tutorial/
Build a Terrarium - My daughters and I had so much fun making a terrarium with a mason jar, dirt, sand, rocks, and plant seeds. You can buy a kit online or put one together yourself with a few items picked up at the local garden store. Make sure to keep your terrarium in sunlight and don’t forget to water it every few days.
Play a Board Game - We love playing board games in our house. There are so many different types of games for kids of all ages. If you don’t have any, try making up your own games - Charades (a family favorite in our house), musical chairs, or freeze dancing is so fun.
Homemade Bubbles - It’s so easy to make your own bubbles at home. All you need is 1/2 cup dish soap, 1 1/2 cups water, a mixing container with a lid, and a bubble wand (you can use any size). Combine the ingredients and allow it to settle overnight. If it’s raining and you can’t go outside to blow your bubbles, put on a swimsuit and head to the bathtub for some bubbly fun.
( For more information: https://caitlinhoustonblog.com/the-best-homemade-bubble-recipe/ )
Caitlin Houston is a Wallingford blogger and mom of two who loves sharing all of her favorites on the Caitlin Houston Blog. Learn about fun activities at home, family friendly travels, easy recipes and more.