Have no fear, spring is here!
There will be sun. There will be rain. Flowers will bloom, and we’ll play on the grass. Spring is here! To celebrate, we made a spring bingo (springo?) board with 24 easy-to-do family activities. Whether you want to enjoy the outdoors or rather keep away from rain and wind, we have ideas to play and learn anywhere with your little learner. To see the full bingo board, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
- You can make flowers from any kind of paper! Gather old newspapers and magazines, then hold the paper by the middle and twist it until you get a stem and a fluffy top. You can use paints to decorate the tops or just leave them as they are. Try using craft papers or other materials. How many different types of flowers can you make?
- Find a soft tape measure or a retractable one and measure away! “How tall is the grass?” “How long is the planter?” If you don’t have any measuring tools at home, use your hands or feet: “How many hands long is the window?”
- Read books about bunnies! Need ideas? Check out Scholastic’s Hippity Hop! reading list. Or head over to your local library, and ask about good bunny tales.
- Nothing says spring like mud pies! Just kidding. We can think of a lot of things that say spring, but mud pies are pretty high up there. After a rainy day, gather some old kitchen tools and head out with your little one. It can be a spoonful of fun! For more mud kitchen tips, read the Magic of Mud.
- Indiana is full of clover patches. Find your nearest one, or ask friends and family for tips on where all the good clover patches are. After you find a good clover, pop it in your pocket for good luck.
- Indiana has many museums. Make a family trip to explore museums close to where you live. Need ideas? Check out this Wikipedia list of all Indiana museums! Up for a challenge? See how many museums you can visit between now and next spring.
- Let your imaginations run wild with clouds! Look out the window or lay on the grass. Do the clouds have the shape of something familiar? Is that big puffy one a big cat? Change your points of view by looking at the clouds in new ways. What do they look like through a Tupperware lid or through a thin, colorful scarf? If you want to step up the challenge, use this cloud guide and see how many types of clouds appear through the spring!
- You don’t have to make mud pies every time it rains, you can also just go outside and splash in a puddle. (And there’s no reason not to do both at the same time!)
- Inspire your family to explore new flavors with some spring foods. Need help figuring out what fruits and veggies are in season? See this helpful seasonal produce guide.
- It’s time for a nature challenge: Finding four kinds of things that can fly is actually pretty easy. Birds, mosquitoes, airplanes and bats are all part of the spring panorama. Make a list of everything you see or challenge each other to finding hard-to-find flying creatures, like butterflies and bees!
- Play our Brighter Futures Spotify Sunny Dance Party playlist or make your own playlist. You also can just turn up the radio and dance away as you enjoy the sun!
- A walk in the park can lead to all kinds of games and adventures. Walking can also lead to conversations and sharing. It can also just be a walk! Need ideas for starting conversations with your little one? Check out these ideas.
- Make a collage with leaves and glue, or use contact paper for a less messy activity. Does your little one like bright colors? Find twigs and flowers to create textures with paint or place them under paper and then rub crayon on the paper. You can also leave the art supplies at home and find fun ways to arrange pebbles, branches and other elements to create nature art! Check out these ideas and create your own version together!
- Play our Brighter Futures Spotify Rainy Day Dance Party playlist or make your own playlist. You also can just turn up the radio and dance the rain away!
- Making maps with kids can be anything from saying “right” or “left” and “straight” every time you change course. It can also be drawing different milestones, like the pine tree where you turn, or Mr. Smith’s basketball hoop that means we’re almost there. Find different ways to track your route and then next time you go for a walk, try to retrace your steps!
- “If ever there were a spring day so perfect…” — Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate. With so much beauty blooming everywhere, many poets are inspired to put pen to paper to express themselves. Read your favorite poem or find one you like at the Poetry Foundation’s website. Feeling creative? Write your own!
- Visit gardens with little ones and show growing plants to them. If your little one is ready to help grow a plant, have them throw legumes in little jars with damp cotton balls. It will be just a few hours before your little one sees the bean begin to sprout! For more challenging ideas for gardening with kids, read this post by Indianapolis City Moms.
- Egg-y math is fun and easy: How many eggs are in a carton? Now, check how many eggs are left after breakfast. Use plastic eggs to count, stack and sort by color.
- It’s picnic season! All you need is a blanket, lunch and a perfect little sunny spot on the grass. Front yards, backyards and local parks are perfect picnic locations. Need more ideas? Check out these Indiana picnic spot gems.
- Pointing out clouds and sunsets give your baby a first lesson in weather. As your child grows, they begin noticing the difference between thunder and lightening or sunny and cloudy days. Talk about the weather, inside and outside. How does it feel? What is happening? Explain to your little one the ways weather can change nature.
- Sometimes, when we’re lucky, we can find rainbows after a storm. But you can always make your own rainbow with an easy trick! Fill the glass almost to the top with water. Now, place the glass so that it is half on and half off the edge of a table, and so that the sun shines directly through the water, onto a sheet of white paper on the floor. Adjust the paper and the glass until a rainbow forms on the paper. You’ve made your own prism out of water! Try using a flashlight too!
- Gather some twigs and talk about math! “How many twigs did we gather?” “If I take two of them away, how many twigs do you have?” “How many twigs do you have if I bring you one more?”
- If you don’t have a kite, try making one. Then, make the best of the spring winds!
- Toddlers and young children are old enough to help you clean up! Little ones can pick up toys and put them in the bin, older kids can help you with more complex chores, like sorting laundry and putting it away!
Love these ideas? Click the bingo card for a printable version! Track how many activities you and your little one do between today and June 21, and tell us in the comments which one was your favorite.
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