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Spring play ideas your family will love

Springtime is a breath of fresh air. It’s a break from trying to keep your kids entertained indoors during the cooler months. As flowers start to blossom and the weather heats up, the possibilities for outdoor play are endless. 

We’ve come up with some fun family activities to enjoy this spring and the best part is they all involve getting outside.

Get your body moving with some outdoor games

Make the most of the beautiful springtime with some outdoor games that your whole family will love. There are so many activities you can do all together from a friendly basketball competition to giant lawn games, like Connect Four or lawn bowls. 

Competitions are a great way to bond, while spending some time in the sun. Whether it’s a sports’ tournament or a game of Hide-and-seek, it’s time to throw on a hat and get outside for a fun family game. 

Play outside let nature be your guide!

If you have younger kids who aren’t yet ready to grasp a set of rules, allow them to run around outside and get their bodies moving. Create your own fun, from chasing after them, to collecting rocks or finding new hiding spots. 

Unstructured play is important for a child’s growth, as it helps with their creativity and development. It’s also provides adults with an opportunity to get in touch with their inner child, which all of us need from time to time. Plus, it’s super easy to do! All you need is a large outdoor space, like a park or an oval, and time to let your kids explore! 

Read with your kids outside 

Reading outside is a great way to spend some time in nature. Gather some friends (soft toys and furry friends included) and sit outside for a book club. There are many great kids’ books you can enjoy together. If your kids are learning to read, hand the book over and let them have a go.

Reading is great for cognitive development, and it’s a relaxing activity to do outside. It doesn’t matter whether you’re reading separately, or reading out loud, simply sit outside with your family and get lost in a good book.

Build some Lego

If your kids love Lego, why not spend a day outside working on an intricate Lego set? You can easily take a pack outside, either on a blanket on the lawn or on the outdoor table! 

Lego is an activity the whole family can enjoy, and is a good way to develop your child’s problem-solving skills. Set up some snacks, get your family together and start creating.

Take a family trip to the park

Heading to the park as a family is a great bonding experience with endless possibilities.

You could set up a picnic, play in the playground (yes, adults can do this, too), meet with some friends, or run around with a pet.

The park is a great way to get outdoors this spring. It’s the perfect place to bond with your family and squeeze some movement into your day. 

Organise a treasure hunt

An outdoor treasure hunt is another great way to spend a beautiful spring day. Hide items around the garden for your family to find, or set a mission to see who can find the best flower or rock. 

Treasure hunts are an inexpensive activity to set up for your kids this spring time, and they’re fun for the whole family.

Enjoy some outdoor arts and crafts

Spring is a time for experimentation and play, and what better way to celebrate than with some outdoor arts and crafts. 

Creating art outside is great, as you can use nature as your inspiration. Set up some easels in your backyard and paint what you see around you. 

You can even challenge your family to see who can create the best artwork out of nature. Try painting on some stones, or creating a collage of pressed flowers. If you don’t have many natural materials at home, take a family walk to collect some interesting sticks and rocks to paint on. 

Outdoor arts and crafts stimulate your child’s creativity, and is a great way for the entire family to take a break from the pressures of everyday life. 

There’s no better time to play outdoors than in the springtime. It’s not too hot or too cold, and the flowers and greenery can be a great source of inspiration.

Whether you play Hide-and-seek in the garden, or go for a family walk, make the most of the wonderful spring weather and use this time to bond with your family.

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One Comment

  • stickymudandbellylaughs

    Lovely round-up of ideas. It’s always nice to have some family activities lined up. We use our National Trust membership a lot. x #MMBC

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