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April 10, 2013

Seven Spring Activities for Preschoolers

Image: Flickr/amanda tipton

Image: Flickr/amanda tipton

Spring has sprung, short sleeves are being brought to the front of the closet, and you’re wondering what in the world to do with your preschooler. After a winter of trying to entertain indoors, everyone is ready to head outside, but what to do? Here is a list of some fun, mostly outdoor, things to do with the little people in your life.

1. Make some bubbles! There’s nothing like bubbles to get the kids excited, so whip up your own concoction of bubbles, grab some wands, and head outside. Be sure to grab your camera, too! Here’s the recipe:
2 cups water
2/3 cup dish detergent
1/3 cup corn syrup
Add some food coloring if you’re feeling really daring!
2. Build a birdhouse or bird feeder. Now I know this sounds complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out these super cute and super cheap ones from the ScreamFree Pinterest page:

3. Visit a local farm. All the farm animals are having babies right now, so why not introduce your babies to theirs. Who can resist a lamb, a chick, or a kid? And what better way for you to teach your babes a little about nature and farming? Again, don’t forget your camera.
4. Plant a garden. Do you want your kids to eat their veggies? Studies show that kids who grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat them! There’s something about taking ownership that makes the food taste that much better. Maybe you’re thinking you don’t have enough space at your house or apartment. Check out these cool ideas (vertical gardens and raised bed gardens) from the ScreamFree Pinterest page:
5. Sunset, Sunrise, or Stargazing. Now that the weather is warmer, head outside to see nature at its finest.
6. Geocaching. If you’re not familiar with Geocaching, think of it as a giant scavenger hunt using GPS.  You and your child will enjoy looking for a hidden object at the location of the GPS coordinates. Geocaching has taken off all over the US, so go to where you can plug in your zip code to find treasures near you.
7. Spring Crafts. For those rainy days, pull out the paint, paper, and craft supplies and create some beautiful spring art. Here are some ideas from our ScreamFree Pinterest page:

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