Spring is here!
After staying cooped up for much of the last year we are all ready to partake in something new and exciting, as well as get out to enjoy the outdoors! Over the next month, this blog series will go through 12 different Spring activities to do with your children as the weather warms up (hopefully… after all this is Minnesota weather…😊). We’ve put in some rainy day activities as well, because what is Spring without some Spring showers!
This week, we have a picnic, card craft, and rainy day activity for you and your kids, as well as a fun snack! Let’s dig in!
Teddy Bear Picnic
Our first activity is a Teddy Bear Picnic (or whatever stuffed animal, action figure or doll is your kid’s bestie)! This is super simple but will be a fun and exciting outing for your child. It’s as easy as letting your child pick out the companion they want to bring along and packing a picnic. Pick a spot that you can walk to, whether it’s just your back yard or going to a park. Lay out your blanket, companion and food and enjoy! Engage in conversation with your child about the food you are eating, the companion they chose to bring and what a beautiful day it is to enjoy a picnic outside!
Pressed Flower Cards
Next up are Flower Cards! This activity helps kids practice fine motor and social skills, and it’s a creative way to stay in touch with family and friends that are distant. You can start by gathering small wildflowers from your backyard or wherever you can find them. Place the flowers between sheets of paper towels and lay them between heavy books. Give the flowers a couple of days to dry and flatten out. Once they are flat and dried you and your child can glue them on some cardstock. Then, depending on your child’s age, have them write or dictate a special message to a family member or friend and mail it! Another option if you can’t find flowers to dry (or you don’t want to wait) is to have your child paint or draw some flowers on the paper instead! Either way, the recipient will be thrilled to receive a handmade card from your child! If your child really loves this activity, you could make several cards and send them to a local nursing home!
Rainy Day Forts
For our rainy day activity, build a fort! Amazing forts are what great memories are made of! You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want. Simply throw a sheet or blanket over some chairs and take it from there! While in your awesome fort, enjoy building more fun structures with magnetic tiles, play a game or two, or read some books!
This week’s snack idea: Ants on a log – butterfly edition!
Many of us remember growing up with ants on a log, this is just a bit of a twist on it!
Ingredients you will need:
- peanut butter
- Cut celery into ~2 inch long pieces.
- Spread your peanut butter on the celery.
- Place 3 or 4 raisins on top of the peanut butter.
- Add two pretzels to make butterfly wings!
Cute, delicious and nutritious. YUM!
We hope you enjoy this week’s activities and the snack! Check back next week for more fun Spring activity ideas. Until next time…
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17