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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Art of Spring: 10 Fun Outdoor Activities!

It's the First Day of Spring!!! Yay!!!

I love watching the gray of Winter wash away with the Spring rains. The bright greens returning to the landscape and the warm sun on my skin, get me up and moving, mostly right out the door and into the garden ;)

Needless to say, I have been working out in the yard A LOT the last few weeks, and I have the sore muscles, bruises, scratches and red sun-burned neck to prove it!

The girls have enjoyed helping me at times, but their attention spans are not quite as long as mine.

So what have they been up to?


1. Diggin' in the Sand!
Our Sandbox is really a raised garden bed full of sand. This way, when they grow out of it, I can just fill it with soil and flowers. 

2. Water Table Tea Party

The girls love having tea time, but it's even better outside in the sunshine! They can also pour and splash to their hearts content and it doesn't matter ;-)

3. Water Beads

This is an idea that I believe originated at Play at Home Mom. It's great sensory fun! I you have really little ones, I would watch closely to make sure they don't put them in their mouths.

4. Outdoor Sensory Table

Fill your water table or a large bucket with things you have collected outside or with birdseed

5. Bean Bag Toss

I saw this fun idea on pinterest, using a shower curtain, painters tape and frisbees. We tried it using beans bags and a grid drawn on the patio. The bean bags are good to start with and then we'll move to the frisbees for more of challenge. You can also use a box, bucket, tub, etc. for them to toss the bean bags in.

6. Ribbons Streamers

Tie some ribbons to a stick and let them go. The can twirl them in the air, let the stream behind them as the run, etc...

7. Chalk Painting from the Ground to the Trees!

Drawing with soggy chalk on the pavement is fun, but have you ever thought about drawing on the trees! Dilly Dali Art sure did!

8. Bubbles

My girls go through a lot of bubbles this time of year! To make your own combine: 3 cups water, 1 cup cheap, clear dish soap and 1/2 cup light corn syrup.

9. Street Paint & Foaming Street Paint

This is a squirtin' good time! Here's the recipes.

10. Bike or Stick Horse Riding

 The girls like riding their bikes, but they LOVE galloping around the yard on their stick horses! ;-)


  1. Great outdoor play ideas! We're about to head outside and maybe do some tree coloring! Thanks for the idea!

    I'd love for you to link up this and any other outside play ideas on my ongoing link party! http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/p/come-play-outside.html

  2. Isn't warm weather the best? Great ideas!

  3. I love list posts for dipping into in times of inspiration drought and we love outdoor play! -Win

  4. There is so much fun to be had outside! I love these ideas!

  5. That sandbox-to-garden-box idea is fantastic! definitely something I've never seen before.

  6. As the weather starts to turn here in the Pacific Northwest, I am obsessed with outdoor activities! Thank you!

  7. What a wonderful list of simple and fun outdoor activities! I have been wanting to try foaming street paint forever, and thanks for reminding me of that activity. I think I might just steal your sandbox idea. We are putting one in our backyard this Spring, and I just love the planter box idea! Thank you for linking up to The Outdoor Play Party!


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