It’s finally that time of year! The birds are chirping, the weather is nice and calling your name. It’s saying, “Come, come outside and play.” Here are five fun spring activities that you and your family can enjoy on those spring weekends.
1) Plant a ‘Secret Garden’
Find a container and fill with new soil and various beautiful flowers. Watch them grow and be amazed. Read the book The Secret Garden while you’re at it, and remember to let the kiddos help!
2)Make an afternoon treat like Caramel Apples!
First you will need:
(14 oz.) pkg. caramel candies, unwrapped; OR, 1 (11 oz.) pkg. caramel bits
2 tablespoons water
5 to 6 medium apples
5 to 6 popsicle or craft sticks
chopped nuts, cookies, or candies (if desired)
melted chocolate for drizzling (if desired)
Let the fun begin:
Wash apples, dry thoroughly, remove stems, insert sticks in stem end, and refrigerate. Put caramel bits or candies in medium microwave-safe bowl, add water, microwave on high for approx. 3 minutes until melted. Stop at 1 minute intervals to stir. Place each apple into bowl of melted caramel, swirl around until coated, using a spoon to cover apple. Remove apple from caramel and let excess drip off, scraping excess from bottom with spoon. If desired, roll coated apple in chopped nuts, cookies, or candies. Press in with hands to help them set in the caramel. Place on greased waxed paper or aluminum foil and return to fridge to chill and set. If desired, drizzle chilled apples with melted chocolate. Return to fridge. Or, wrap each caramel apple in an individual bag, tie it, and store at room temperature. They will keep for several days. Enjoy in a backyard picnic!
3) Fly a kite.
If there is wind, go to your local park and let the good times fly! It’s a good way to exercise as well.
4) Make fizzing side-walk paint
Homemade sidewalk chalk paint is always fun… but this one fizzes when you spray it with vinegar! Tons of fun for the kids! Here’s what you need:
A container of baking soda
1/2 cup of cornstarch
Warm (almost hot) Water
Mix the dry ingredients and then add water stirring until it’s not too thick (about a cup).This paint dries very quickly but comes off with ease. Now for the fun! Spray the paint with a bottle of vinegar and watch the fizz appear
5) Make a Summer Bucket List
a. Grab a blanket and throw it on the grass outside.
b. Grab a notebook and pens, crayons and markers.
c. Brainstorm. Doodle. Create a list.
d. Get up. Fold the blanket.
e. Start doing the list once school lets out!