7 Fun Outdoor Spring & Summer Crafts And Activities For Kids

Friday, May 24, 2019

When spring and summer roll around, the warm weather brings out the creative qualities in all of us. Children are especially affected by this and your little bundles of joy will want to spend as much of their time outside as possible. You’re probably looking to get some fresh air as well, which is why this is the perfect opportunity to have some fun with your kids. There are a bunch of things you can do together that include the great outdoors. Here are some wonderful examples.

1. Explore to your heart’s content
The best part about warmer weather is the ability to take long walks and hikes wherever you please. The weather isn’t going to slow you down and your motivation is going to be bolstered by warmth and sunlight. Exploring nature is especially fun for your kids. They get a new environment to explore and play with. You expose them to a plethora of new sounds and smells courtesy of mother nature.

Local parks and forests would be great places to start your exploration. Your child certainly isn't going to mind having a vast space to play in. Children are naturally curious and observant. It might seem like any regular park or wooded are for you, but your kid is going to enjoy finding new kinds of bugs and flowers that they've never seen before. You can even teach them how to use your old camera. This retro photographs will warm up every heart.

2. Plant a tree together
Planting a tree isn’t just a one-off fun activity for you and your child. It can also become a valuable learning experience. You don’t exactly plant trees every day as a child. Keep in mind that children aren’t completely aware of the passage of time and how much they will grow compared to everything else. A tree that they planted can act as a companion that grows alongside them and give them perspective. They will see the tree grow from a small seed into a mature tree. Similarly, this is how you’ll see your child grow. 

You don’t need a lot of things to plant a tree together. All you need is a sapling or seed, a shovel, and a guide to the various trees that can grow well in your environment. The whole process won’t take you more than a couple of hours, during which you and your child will enjoy the good outdoors and create something that will bring you a lot of joy in life. 

The optimal time to plant a tree varies from location to location. You can count on spring being a pretty good choice, as that is the ideal time for plants to grow and bloom. Not only is this a fun way to spend the day, but you can also count on the tree to be there after years and decades pass. It will provide you with flowers, shade, and fall leaves for quite a while.

3. Scavenging galore
If there's anything kids love, it's playing games. Whether it's with each other or with their parents, games provide children with an endless amount of fun. Giving the game a kind of competitive edge is only going to bolster their enthusiasm for playing. Games that give kids a challenge to overcome are a great way to help them learn new skills.

Creating a scavenger hunt will prove to be a creative challenge for the both of you. Kids love playing outdoors, but they might need a push towards something more concrete in order to inspire them. A list of items to scavenge for might just do the trick. By searching for various hidden items, your child can actively improve their observational skills.

Starting a scavenger hunt is easy enough. You will need a pen, some paper, and a bunch of easily recognizable items. Where you want to hide them depends on you. You need to be clever about it in order to truly give your child a stimulating challenge. Your home and backyard should both be utilized to the fullest extent. As long as you are creative with your hiding spots, your child will be entertained for hours on end and they won’t mind being outside.

To add a bit more fun to the game, you can give out the occasional hint. Make sure it’s subtle enough to not give it away, while also giving clues that will get your child thinking.

4. Add some color to your bouquets
There are very few things kids like more than rainbows. Flowers are pretty high up on that list as well. Combining both into one fun activity with parents is sure to be a favorite amongst your kids. Creating a colorful homemade bouquet will allow your child to play with color and create something that they can be proud of. It might even inspire them to make a gift for their mother’s birthday, who knows?

A plant’s color isn’t necessarily stagnant after it’s been plucked. Even long after they’ve been disconnected from the ground, plant stems will still try to draw in water. This allows the flower to remain beautiful and fresh for quite some time, despite not actually being connected to the root. IT also allows you and your child to play around with the color of the flower.

Start with some pure white flowers, they will prove to be a good canvas for your coloring. Something along the lines of white roses or daisies might do the trick. You're going to need a spare vase and a couple of cups of lukewarm water for the plants. The paint you'll be using to turn the flowers into a rainbow has to be safe for consumption. Children don't yet have a grasp of what can and what can't go in their mouths when they play with things. Food coloring is the best option for this kind of project. You put some coloring into the vase and then stick the stem inside. After a couple of days, you’re going to have a bunch of colorful flowers to make your bouquet with.

5. Create a small version of nature
Before your child gets the opportunity to work on their own personal garden, they can practice on a much smaller version in their own home. Terrariums are a great way to teach children how nature functions. The circle of life and its many aspects are a mystery to children, teaching them these things early could pave the way for more interest as they grow up.

By building a terrarium, you’re also showing your child how certain meteorological phenomena work. How rain is formed is a concept that is pretty difficult for children to figure out. Showing it to them on a smaller scale is going to be much simpler and easier to digest. The terrarium itself is a closed environment, which means that water won’t be able to escape after evaporating. It’s going to condense and drip down from the top of the glass, mimicking rain.

Building the actual terrarium can be tricky. You need a lot of things. You need a large glass container that is properly measured. It doesn’t need to be hermetically sealed, but it needs to be a tight fit so that water can’t escape. A bunch of potting soil is required in order to have a place to put the plants. A bit of gravel or a small rock could give the terrarium some more charm. The plants you pick should be small and viable for growing indoors. Something that is resilient would be ideal, as terrariums aren’t perfect representations of nature.

6. Breathe more beauty into your garden
Gardening is already a fun activity for you, but it becomes even more wonderful when you bring your kids along. They might not be able to dig holes with a shovel or replant bigger plants, but they can be a world of adorable assistance to you in other ways.

Persuade them to help mommy water the plants. Make it so that it becomes a fun challenge. Children are fascinated with water and they’ll be pretty enthusiastic to help you if you guide them along the way.

If you have any interesting garden edging ideas, you should try to enact them with your child. They can help you set up the wooden planks or solid bricks you’re going to use to separate the walking path from the plants. Garden edges can be made out of absolutely anything. You can even use old plates from your kitchen if you don’t need them anymore. This gives you and your child the opportunity to get really creative. Ask them what they would put to make the garden even more attractive.

7. Let your kites fly high
Windy days might be annoying if you plan on going camping, but there are lots of fun activities that can make use of heavy wind. Flying a kite is the prime example. These light paper toys are a source of endless fun for your kids. The erratic movements and colorful patterns make kite flying an attractive activity for kids.

The best part is that you can make that kite together. All you need are some colorful pieces of strong paper and some string. Kite making itself can end up being half the fun. Strive to create some interesting and colorful designs together. Your child will be especially drawn to the creative aspect. They can look at their colorful creation soar through the sky as the wind blows and feel pride knowing that they made it.

There are very few things as wonderful as spending time with our kids outside. You can see them bask in the sunlight and learn all kinds of new things about nature. Luckily, there are a bunch of things you can do to bring your child closer to you and develop a closer connection. Keep in mind that your child will learn valuable lessons along the way and you will be there to witness it firsthand. If you play your cards right, you can even have some fun while doing your gardening chores. 

Sarah Jessica Smith is a young blogger from Sydney. She is in love with life and all the things that can make her daily routine easier. She loves to write about home improvement, lifestyle, and all the small things that make life such a great adventure.

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