Spring is here! You know how I know? Because it won’t. stop. raining. Haha! April always seems to be such a rainy month in central California, and it’s always when the kids and I really start to get some spring fever. So I’m always thinking of things to do with your kids when spring fever hits.
We just want to be able to go outside already! Are you experiencing the same thing? We’re just so anxious to get out and play, so we’ve been sneaking out during the little bits of time when the rain stops. I thought I’d share some of our favorite things to do with your kids when spring fever hits in case you need some adventure ideas!
If it’s too rainy, or you just can’t go outside, I wrote a full two-week schedule full of at-home activities for kids. You can download that here!
And as for ideas out of the house, read on!
So sometimes if the kids are particularly antsy to get outside, we just put on rainboots and grab our umbrellas and go splash in some puddles, rain or shine. There’s a certain fascination that little kids have with splashing around, and I can even feel that magic as a grownup! So let them splash while you get out and breathe some fresh air.
Do Some Backyard Science While You Garden
Not sure if your yard is the same, but we always have plennnnty of weeds to pull in the springtime! I get the kids out in the backyard with me, give them some kid-sized gloves, and set them on a patch of weeds to start pulling. That usually entertains them for a good chunk of time (just make sure they know which plans are weeds and which plants are flowers -ha!). After that, try this fun soil pH test that we learned about the other day from Stonyfield!
Start by boiling a head of red cabbage in distilled water; let it steep in the boiled water for about 30 minutes and then strain the water. (This test determines the pH balance of your soil, so make sure the water is distilled so that it doesn’t throw off the test results!) Put some of the strained water (it should be purple) into a jar, and then scoop a little bit of the soil from your backyard into the jar with the water. Wait for a couple of minutes. Cabbage water is a natural pH indicator and will turn colors to let you know what’s up with your soil. If the water turns pink your soil is too acidic, and if it turns blue it’s basic. If your water stays purple, your pH in your soil is balanced! You can check out this video for more details on the test, and to find out what organic items you can add to your soil if it’s out of balance.
The kids loved this little bit of backyard science! Our soil mostly stayed purple with just a slight blue tinge, so they were pumped on that.
Visit Your Favorite Park or Field
My kiddos live for a park and a big, green space to run in. Since we started working with Stonyfield I’ve been reading up on their StonyFIELDS initiative, which assists communities all over the U.S. in beginning to maintain their public fields with organic materials. This means that your family won’t come into contact with pesticides while your little ones are running, jumping, and playing. I had always been thoughtful about what I put in our kids’ bodies, but had never given a thought to the pesticides that are around them until I read about StonyFIELDS. And I’m so surprised I didn’t. So helping spread the word feels awesome. To find out more about it and lean how you can bring the movement to the fields in your town, click here.
Try a New Coffee Shop
One of the ways I love to get out of the house with the kids is to take them downtown to a coffee shop. If it’s raining, it’s a great way to get out but stay dry. And if it’s sunny, we bike there! Our little coffee dates have become a fun tradition; we take a few books or some coloring pages, I get a tea, and they get steamed milk. We usually bring some snacks for them too — I like to grab a Stonyfield snack pack or a pouch because they’re easy to grab + go and keep in my purse. They’re also low-maintenance at the coffee shop so the kids can manage the snacks themselves. (And Stonyfield products are always organic and non-GMO, which just makes me feel good about what the kiddos are eating.)
Another thing I love about taking the kids to a coffee shop is that it’s a teaching tool for sitting and enjoying each other’s company. I feel like it’s a great exercise for them in manners and comportment in a restaurant setting, and good practice at having meaningful conversations and connecting with each other. It’s a win for everyone.
Go on a Neighborhood Treasure Walk
This is something I started doing with Henry when he was just learning to walk, and the kids still love it today! Head out into your neighborhood and take a little bag or pouch. Tell the kids they’re going on a treasure walk, and they can pick up any nature treasures that they find. The only rule is that they can’t pick anything that’s living, but things that have already fallen to the ground are fair game. Leaves, flower petals, sticks, rocks – let them grab them all! They’re fascinated by the hunt, and it’s a fun way to teach them to appreciate and notice their surroundings.
What other ways do you combat spring fever for your family? Have you ever tried any of these? We’d love to know your ideas, so share in the comments below! xoxo
This post is sponsored by Stonyfield. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!