It’s official. Spring has arrived! The clocks have jumped forward and warm, sunny days are now on the horizon. It couldn’t have come at a better time with the arrival of the Easter holidays. This Easter we want to focus on getting the kids OFF their screens and outdoors into nature. School may be out, but the best classroom is still yet to be discovered! With this in mind, we want to share our top 10 ideas for getting the kids outdoors this Easter.
BUILD A WORM HOUSE
Kids love nothing more than worms. They are fascinated by both their shape and movements. So this Easter why not go foraging for some of your own? Hunting for worms is a totally free activity that will be sure to burn a few hours outside. All you will need is a container and some soil. Worms like to live in dark, damp areas and can usually be found hiding under big logs in the woods. Take your pot down to the woods and fill it with some heavy, wet soil. Once you have found your worms, bring them home. You can add a little water to the earth if it’s dry. Make sure that your worm house has some ventilation so that they can get air. Your little ones can check on the worms for a couple of days before returning them back to the woods where they found them.
GO ON A SCAVENGER HUNT
Kids love scavenger hunts, and let’s be honest so do we! It’s a great way to get the kids outdoors and an even better way to get them exploring nature. You can make a simple scavenger hunt list at home, or you can print some ideas from the internet.
COLLECT FROGS SPAWN
Collecting frogs spawn and watching them grow is a super fun way to get the kids outside while helping them learn about life cycles. You would be surprised at how easy it is to collect and raise the tadpoles. For some great tips on how to obtain and nurture frogs spawn check out Rainy Day Mum.
Painting rocks is a super fun activity that costs very little. Go foraging for your rocks, before bringing them home and decorating them with lots of bright spring colours. Or with Easter in mind why paint them to look like Easter eggs? You can find lots of ideas for painting rocks on Pinterest.
Bug hunting is another excellent way to get the kids outdoors and interested in nature. All you will need is a magnifying glass and your wellies. Head out to the woods and search for your kids favourite bugs. Once you have found them, you can have a closer look with the magnifying glass and even take some pictures so that the kids can draw or paint the bugs when they get home.
We know that the chance of rain is pretty likely at some point during the two-week break so we couldn’t leave out our kids all time favourite activity. Puddle jumping! Grab the waterproofs and wellies and head out for some muddy puddle fun.
PLANT SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Our kids love nothing more than sewing seeds and watching them grow. It’s also the perfect time to plant sunflower seeds. Let the kids enjoy nurturing them as they start to sprout before watching them grow into huge sunflowers throughout the spring and the summer. Why not have a sunflower competition to see who’s grows the tallest?
MAKE BIRD FEEDERS
Making homemade bird feeders a low-cost activity that gives the kids lots of enjoyment. We love these bird feeder ideas from Happy Hooligans. Once their bird feeder is complete, they can hang them in the garden and enjoy watching an array of birds enjoying their creations.
MAKE A FLOWER COLLAGE
Another great way to encourage the kids to get outdoors is to go on a walk to collect beautiful spring flowers. They will be spoilt for choice during the spring months. Simply take a container to the woods and enjoy collecting as many colours as possible. Once home they can spend time creating their very own wildflower collage.
MAKE A STICK TEEPEE
Making a stick teepee is a fun, easy, STEM activity that the whole family can enjoy. Just head to your local woods and let the kids find as many big sticks as they can before finding a balance that works to make a Teepee. It is an excellent engineering challenge that helps promote team building while outside.
We hope you love these ideas as much as we do. We can’t wait to get the kids outdoors and work off all inevitable sugar rushes that come with Easter. Don’t forget to let us know what you will be getting up to with the kids this Easter. Join the conversation in the comments below or via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
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