Spring has sprung! We can see it in the flowers pushing through the ground, the sun rising before 7:30am and the warmer weather brushing our cheeks. To say we are thrilled is an understatement!

It’s time to get out the rain boots, light jackets and sunglasses. Your own backyard will provide hours of entertainment for you and your host children. We have put together a list of fun springtime activities you can do outdoors. You should have everything at home to complete these crafts/games:

  1. Nature Bingo: Get out your dabbers! It’s time for BINGO. Print off these BINGO cards and get outdoors to see how many of these springtime plants/animals/minerals you can find. This is a great activity for children of all ages as the pictures on the cards help to direct the child. If you want to add another element, you could challenge your older host children to spell out the item before they can dab it.
  2. Mini Egg Piñata: Take the Easter Egg hunt to a new level with these Mini Egg Piñatas. You can fill the piñatas with little games or notes that the children write to their parent. Get creative and get cracking!
  3. Decorating Stones: A fun activity which you may already see in your neighbourhood is decorating stones. During a nature walk, you and your host children can collect stones. Once you get home, take out the paints and start decorating them in creative ways. You could also write kind and encouraging messages on the stones and place them back around your neighbourhood.
  4. Pin the Tail on the Bunny: This classic is turning spring! Whether you are indoors or outdoors, grab your printer, some cotton balls and start playing! This is another fun activity you can do with children (and adults) of all ages. Just be sure to play in an open space so you’re not knocking over any lamps!
  5. Knock Over the Cans: This is an activity which may take a few weeks to prepare for. So get out the canned soup and beans for lunch, clean the cans and keep them in a safe place. Once you have all the cans collected, get your host children involved to start painting them!

What activities are you doing with your host children? Are you getting outdoors everyday? Let us know!

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