Simple Spring Activities for Kids

Spring has sprung or at least it has in my mind! Spring break is coming up and sometimes I need a few simple kids activity ideas for when the excitement of being home has worn off or a spring rain shower keeps us inside.  Break out these simple and fun spring kids activities!  Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy to be fun!

Edible Rainbow Necklace

What you will need:  Fruit loopsyarn, string or thin ribbon

 
While my daughter sorted the fruit loops by color, I cut a piece of ribbon long enough to be tied and still fit over her head with room.  I then tied a fruit loop to one end so they would not slip off while we loaded the fruit loops on to the string.
We made these necklaces at my daughter’s rainbow birthday party, read more here.
She then decided what sort of pattern she wanted to make.  I gave her several options but she chose 10 red, then 10 orange and so on and so forth.  There are lots of options for your child to choose from.  If they are younger, simply have them string them on with your help!

Shamrock Marshmallow Painting

What you need:  paper, marshmallows, paint

Use a paper plate as your paint palate and then dip the marshmallow into the paint.  Stamp the marshmallow on to the paper with 3 circles next to each other to make a shamrock shape.  Add a stem with a green marker.

Create a Spring Bucket List

Each season, we sit down as a family and scheme and dream up all the things we would like to do in that season.  Then, we record it on our chalkboard.  It’s fun to look back and see all the fun things we did and the memories we made.
If you need some ideas to get you started.  Sign-up for my email list and get instant access to the spring bucket list with 50 ideas.  Yes, sign me up here.

Paint A Rainbow with Dot Paint

What you need:  dot paint, paper, cotton balls, school glue

All my kids love to dot paint, even my 20-month-old can paint without making a huge mess.  It’s relatively clean minus a few rogue dots on the hands and table but it’s washable.  Vera lined up the dot paints in order and then got to work on her dotted rainbow.
When she was finished she added quite a few clouds with cotton balls and glue to her picture!  She was so proud, she wanted a picture with her craft.  Remember you can use marshmallows instead of cotton balls for the clouds :).

 

Try Fruit Loops instead!
You could also do this craft with Fruit Loops instead and simply sort the fruit loops and then paste on paper with school glue to look similar to the dot paint picture. All you would need is: Fruit loopspaperelmer’s gluecotton balls or marshmallows.

Spring Games

 

Coin Scavenger Hunt

What you need: paper to write clues, coin money

Hide the coins and then as children get closer to them, you can say hotter and as they get further away, you can say colder.  Whoever finds the coins can then be the next to hide them and then they can direct the other players as they look by saying hotter or colder.  Play continues on.
Another way to play would be to hide clues in different locations around the house that eventually leads to a clue where the coins are.  Clues could include:  Go to the place where your toothbrush stays,  Now go to the place where your cereal is found.  You can add as many clues as you want.  After they find the coins, they could make up their own clues for you to search.

Color Tag

Have you played color tag?  One person starts out being it.  Everyone else stands behind a designated starting line.  The person that’s it calls out a color.  Whoever is wearing the color called has to run to the other sideline while the person who is it tries to tag the people.  Anyone who is tagged is now it as well.  The last person not tagged wins.
Psst…If you like games, check out this post with our family’s 15 favorite board games!  Read it here.

Create Spring Themed Foods

What you will need:  Pancake mixYellow and green food coloring

 

Just add yellow food coloring and make bite-size pancakes to resemble gold coins.  My kids love to dip these in a small cup of pancake syrup.  They were a HUGE hit.  We also made green pancakes by mixing in green food coloring.

 

You can always add Lucky Charms or Fruit Loops to the menu.  How fun to have it sitting out on March 17th for a little lucky breakfast dropped off by leprechauns :).

Create Rainbow Colored Cookies

Try adding food coloring to your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough recipe or sugar cookie recipe.  Divide the dough equally then add different colors of food coloring and mix well.  Bake as usual.  Add M&M’s instead of chocolate chips for even more rainbow fun!

Read Spring Books

Check these books out at the library as well as other books about rainbows, leprechauns, and St. Patrick’s Day!
If you love reading, check out this post about favorite series to read like Harry Potter (READ HERE) and our top picture books (READ HERE).

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.  #tribekoko
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