Yeah its spring! The weather here in Michigan still doesn’t want to completely cooperate by getting and staying warm but my boys and I have been spending as much time as possible outdoors. Being a single income family with twins on the way, staying on budget while having lots of family fun is a must. So, to help your family, and mine, have lots of low-cost family fun I’ve put together a list of twenty spring outdoor activities that will keep us all busy this spring.
Twenty Low Cost Spring Outdoor Activities
Go Fly A Kite. It’s often very windy here in Michigan in the springtime. It’s perfect kite flying weather and that just happens to be one of KC’s favorite spring outdoor activities. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a kid’s kite, even the cheap ones from the local Dollar Store will get the job done.
Go On A Picnic. Taking lunch outside, is a fun way to enjoy the fresh air and spend time together as a family without the distraction of electronics. Simply lay down a blanket or picnic mat on the ground and enjoy your lunch. You don’t even have to leave home, but a picnic at the park can be equally nice.
Sidewalk Chalk. Who doesn’t love to draw and play with sidewalk chalk? It keeps my boys busy and happy for quite a while when we play with it together as a family. We love to draw around our hands and feet and see what kind of pictures we can make from them. You can easily make your own sidewalk chalk with a few simple ingredients, check back soon for a post with the recipe.
Make A Marshmallow Slingshot. A marshmallow slingshot can create loads of fun for the kids while costing you very little in return. My two boys, and their dad, love to have a slingshot competition and see who can shoot the most marshmallows into a bucket.
Blow Bubbles. Blowing bubbles can be a lot of fun no matter if you are the one blowing them or the one popping them. On a windy day you can even hold your bubble wand out away from you and let the wind do the work! Last year I bought a bubble blower machine on clearance that way the kids could chase bubbles as much as they wanted and I was free to enjoy a glass of lemonade.
Plant Flowers. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching planting flowers is a great way for the kids to show you their love all season long. Digging in the dirt is a great way to let the kids explore their world. If you’re worried about dirty little hands there is a huge variety of cute kids garden gloves on the market today.
Plant A Vegetable Garden. Last year our family planted a small vegetable garden using seeds. It gave us lots of opportunities to teach the boys about how food grows and gets to our dinner table. It was their responsibility to keep it watered and help me collect our crops as they ripened. An added bonus was that the boys were much more interested in eating their veggies when they came from our garden, not to mention the money I saved on fresh produce all summer long.
Go Camping In The Backyard. One of our favorite spring outdoor activities is camping in Grandpa’s backyard. We’ve camped this way since KC was 23 months old, and our boys look forward to it every year. This is however an activity that you will need to do on a warm spring night to make sure everyone sleeps comfortably.
Go For A Bike Ride. KC got his first big kid’s bike last year as an early birthday present. All summer long we went on bike rides all summer long. If your kids have bikes or even a tricycle going for a right around the block or even around the neighborhood is a great way to spend some time as a family and wear off some energy.
Go For A Nature Walk. In the spring there lots of flowers blooming, animals coming back from their winter getaways and the activity of the season is in full swing. Now is a great time to get out and explore the world around you.
Play In The Sandbox. Playing in the sandbox is a great way to keep kids busy for a long period of time and they love digging in the sand. Talk about a win-win! We don’t have a sandbox because we spend so much time at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. They however have a great sandbox for the boys and they love spending lots of time building and playing in the sand. When KC was little we didn’t have a traditional sandbox either. Instead I purchased an under the bed storage container and filled it with three bags of sand. It had a lid and sat on our front porch, it was the perfect size for him to have fun playing in the sand without having to have a large on in the yard.
Sponge Bombs. It’s easy to make sponge bombs and they are guaranteed to give your family hours of fun all spring and summer long. If you don’t want to get in the pool or go to the lake on a warm day fill a couple buckets of water and play catch to cool down.
Play In The Rain. Playing in the warm spring rain is a lot of fun for the kids, and the kids at heart. Let them put on swimsuits or rain coats and boots then send them out to play.
Go Fishing. This is another one of our favorite spring outdoor activities. Going fishing is a great way to spend an afternoon away from the electronics and reconnect as a family. If you’re lucky you may even catch enough for a fish dinner! Some places have pole rental so you may not even have to buy a kid’s fishing pole.
Go To The Park. Spending time outdoors at the local park is a great way to enjoy the fresh air. At our local park we have a small petting zoo and a popcorn stand where we can buy popcorn to feed the mallard ducks and Canadian geese that swim in the little pond in the middle of the park.
Play Marbles. My in-laws introduced this classic game to KC over Christmas vacation. He has had lots of fun playing with marbles ever since. Try exploring other classic games like kick the can, tag, and red rover.
Catch Bugs. Using a small net and a bug catcher kids can have fun exploring the bugs that live in their backyard. Putting their bugs into a bug catcher will keep them in place for and allow the kids to examine their catch before returning them to their natural environment.
Make A Nature Collage. I mentioned earlier that a great way to spend time outdoors was to go for a walk. Have your children collect things they have found on your nature walk and make a collage when you return home. They can feel proud displaying their artwork for the family to see.
Build A Fort. Take a few sheets and blankets outdoors drape them over a low hanging tree branch or the patio furniture to build a temporary fort. Your little explorers will love to hang out in the shade it provides and play in the warm spring sunshine.
Do Something Kind For Your Neighbor. Helping one another is a great lifelong lesson we should be teaching our children. In the spring there is often lots of yard work and odd jobs both big and small to do. Spending a couple hours helping your neighbor is a great way to spend time getting to know one another, building good will and build some character in our children as well.
These are just a few of my favorite spring outdoor activities. What are some of yours? Please share in the comments below as I and other parents are always looking for free or low-cost things to do with our kids!
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