7 Super-Fun Spring Activities for Kids Aged Below 10
There is so much to love about the spring season, from the blooming of flowers and the arrival of baby animals. Here are some fun activities to do with your children during springtime. These spring break activities are kid-friendly and are free or low-cost in most cases.
1. Join Them in Their Playtime
Playtime is an important time of the day for kids. When children have time to play, they have time to be imaginative and creative. Playtime is an effective way for kids to learn & refine new skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. As a parent, you’ll often play the role of your child’s best playmate, so try to spend some time every day playing together. Remember, kids learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.
2. Press Flowers in Old Books
Who doesn’t love all the flowers that blossom during springtime? This is what makes it the perfect time to add a unique floral element to your kid’s bedroom or DIY a lovely & colorful flower print. All you need is a few old heavy books ( we all have those lying around), flowers, and absorbent paper.
While pressing flowers does take some trial and error, here are a few guidelines to ensure you and your child are on the right track.
- Pick your flower right when it blooms, and make sure it’s free of blemishes.
- Flowers that have a flat bud are much easier to press.
- To press a flower, lay it flat on parchment paper and carefully transfer it onto the book’s pages.
- Close the book, keep it out of the way and give the flower two to three weeks before removing it from the book.
- If the flower doesn’t have a papery feel, change the parchment paper and let it sit for longer.
- Let your child put the pressed flowers on display!
3. Online Storytime
While in-person visits to the library may be limited, this doesn’t mean your kids have to miss out on new stories. In fact, many libraries across the country are now offering Virtual Storytimes for kids aged 0-10. These online events provide an excellent opportunity for your kids to read stories, sing songs, and engage in other fun activities that help develop early literacy skills. Check with your local county library to find out if they have any virtual kid-friendly programs running.
4. Spring Crafts for a Rainy Day
While spring offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, it helps to have a backup plan with indoor activities. And what’s better than spring crafts to keep your kids occupied during those unpredictable spring showers. The internet is awash with all sorts of art and crafts ideas for kids, so you are sorted on that end. From easy crafts for toddlers to more complex ones for grade-schoolers, you’re bound to find the perfect project for your child. Now all you need is to get a few basic supplies such as dot-a-dot markers, paint paper, playdough, colored masking tape, and glue sticks. You should be able to pick most of these up at any department store
5. Spring Gardening for Kids
After the long winter months, your garden beds are sure to need a bit of a pick-me-up! Why not set aside time to weed and churn up the dirt with your little one. You can even go ahead and give them their own small garden space to plant and care for. Most kids will enjoy getting their hands dirty (sensory exploration). Gardening is a great way to work together with your kids in a playful and productive way. This is an activity with awesome benefits such as:
- teaching kids to care for other things
- enjoy time outdoors
- learn about botany
- help them gain a sense of responsibility
- teach cooperation and develop interpersonal skills
6. Visit a Pet Farm
Introduce your child to farm animals at an open farm or petting zoo. Kids will enjoy seeing animals like cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, and pigs up close. And the best part, these animals will usually be in enclosures to make sure your child is safe and doesn’t get too close. That being said, some farms have sections where your child can safely handle small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. This is a fantastic way to make the storybooks with pictures of animals come alive.
7. Family Game Night
A family game night is a great way to relax after a busy day and help the kids wind down before bed. Board games, puzzle boxes and all those little card games have one thing in common—an uncanny ability to help us reconnect and bringing us closer with smiles and laughter. The trick lies in finding games that have rules that are simple enough for kids and yet still fun for adults too. Examples of such kid-friendly family games are Sleeping Queen, Rat a Tat Cat, and Qwirkle.
What’s on your list of spring break activities for your kids? Comment below with what you’re up to this season.