Spring is one of my favourite seasons. With the flowers blooming and signs of new life everywhere, it’s the perfect time to get outside and spend more time in nature.
I have spoken on many occasions on the importance of getting outdoors (in all weathers), but Spring is truly the most perfect time to get started with this.
One of my favourite things to do is simply spend longer periods outside embracing nature. We adjust our daily rhythm so that play invitations, sensory play, art and independent play all happens outside – either in the garden or at the local park.
With that being said, sometimes it is nice to have a focus of your outdoor time, whether it be picking seasonal fruit at a local PYO, then making muffins or pies with the fruit you have collected or simply creating ‘potions’ using herbs and flowers in the garden.
I have compiled a Spring bucket list filled with simple activities and prompts for you to encourage longer periods of outdoor play.
You can also access a pdf printable version (without signing up to my mailing list) here.
Spring bucket list: 50 simple things to do with young kids
- go on a nature walk and search for spring flowers
- jump in muddy puddles!
- take art projects outdoors
- visit a wildflower meadow and take pictures
- draw with sidewalk chalks in the garden or local park
- plant some seeds and watch them grow!
- make a flower soup with old Mother’s Day flowers
- freeze flowers overnight to use in sensory play
- take a picnic to the local park
- make a simple mud kitchen in the garden – use old pots and pans!
- walk barefoot in your back garden
- read some Spring themed books
- make a homemade bird feeder
- visit a butterfly house
- plant sunflower seeds ready for summer
- go on a spring themed scavenger hunt
- explore a playground that you haven’t visited before
- lie on a blanket and look for shapes in the clouds
- play pooh sticks!
- fly a kite on a windy day
- create a fairy garden
- visit a farm and see the baby animals
- create an outdoor obstacle course
- spring clean the play space
- go backyard camping
- set up a hammock and read some books
- roll down a hill
- collect rocks and paint them, then hide for others to find
- make a nature wand
- go on a sound walk
- build a fort
- make homemade spring themed play dough
- go on a bug hunt in your local forest or park
- take story time outside
- play tag
- go on a rainy walk
- watch the sunrise together
- watch the sunset together
- have breakfast outdoors
- visit a Farmer’s Market and try something new
- blow some bubbles!
- climb a tree
- take a road trip to a new national park or adventure trail
- decorate a terracotta flower pot
- visit a local flower show
- pick some seasonal fruit at a local ‘pick your own’ farm
- learn a new skill – e.g. skipping or riding a bike
- paddle in a stream
- crush some herbs to make ‘potions’
- make a pie or muffins with seasonal fruits
About this Spring Bucket List
Please note that this is a general list aimed at families with young children. Some of the activities featured might not be suitable for your youngest family members just yet so trust your own judgement when it comes to all things play related. Young children, and under 3s especially, should always be supervised.
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Get your Spring Bucket List + Spring Scavenger Hunt printables
Don’t forget that you can access a printable version of this spring bucket list here
along with a Spring themed Scavenger hunt here. Save it to your phone or share it with your friends 🙂