Do you need some inspiration on fun outdoor activities for kids this spring? This free printable spring bucket list for kids has 40 great ideas to keep them busy!
Spring outdoor activities for kids
Spring is such a great time of year to get outdoors with the kids and have some fun. The weather is (hopefully) warming up, the days are getting longer, and nature is coming to life. This all feels really exciting after the long months of winter. In addition, it takes much less time to actually get outside when you’re not bundling up in multiple layers.
The many benefits of outdoor play for kids
Spending time having fun outdoors has so many benefits.
Outdoor time helps to keep us fit, combats stress, lets us engage with nature, and stimulates creative play. Plus, time spent outside is often listed as a key contributor to wellbeing in general.
Stepping away from the screens and getting outdoors can also have a positive impact on children’s mental health. As well as providing a useful sense of perspective, being outside and engaging with nature can have a powerful impact on the body’s production of feelgood chemicals.
Easy ways to do more fun family outdoor activities with kids
Increasing the amount of time you spend outdoors with the kids doesn’t have to be complicated. At its most basic level, don’t worry about planning activities, and just get everyone outside – whether that’s for a walk, a picnic, or a play in the park. Nature will inevitably provide you with entertainment along the way.
Another simple but effective way to increase family time outdoors is to create a ‘grab and go’ box. Put all the things you need for kids outdoor activities in it – think hats, gloves, wet wipes, tissues, snacks – and keep it somewhere easily accessible. If you don’t have to run around getting everything ready, then heading outdoors with the kids becomes much easier – and quicker.
You could also take a look at my book *A Year of Nature Craft and Play, which is all about getting kids engaged with nature. It’s filled with fun crafts, gardening, games, art and science activities that inspire kids to get creative with nature and explore the amazing natural world. There are 52 budget-friendly activities, one for every week of the year, all with easy-to-follow instructions and colourful photos.
And finally, download my kids bucket list ideas so you’ve got lots of inspiration for fun things to do with kids outside, all in one place.
Spring outdoor fun for kids
There are so many ways to have fun outdoors in spring!
As well as simple walks and trips to the park or your local woodland, there are lots of garden activities for kids, outdoor crafts and nature investigations to have a go at. Spring really is a fantastic season to be outside.
Fun quotes and jokes about spring
To get the fun started, here are some lovely quotes and silly jokes about spring and nature.
“Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.” – Reginald Heber
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood
“Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.” – Edgar Guest
“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” – Algernon Charles Swinburne
“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” – Jessica Harrelson
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy
“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.” – Pablo Neruda
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” – Robin Williams
Silly jokes about spring
Have a giggle with these family-friendly jokes about spring.
What did the tree say when spring arrived? What a re-leaf.
Does February like March? No, but April May.
What did the tree say to the flower in spring? You’re really growing, bud!
Which month can’t make up it’s mind? May-be.
What is spring’s favourite type of pickle? Daffo-dills.
What season is it best to play on a trampoline? Spring time!
Free printable spring bucket list for kids
Ready to get out there and enjoy all that spring has to offer? If the answer’s yes, I’ve got just the thing for you.
I’ve created a handy spring bucket list of 40 fun outdoor activities for kids. And you can download it for free!
It’s packed with lots of fab ideas for fun activities for kids outdoors in spring. There are games, crafts, gardening and nature exploration, plus fun ways to let off steam.
Print off this colourful family bucket list, and stick it on your fridge or noticeboard. That way you can easily grab some inspiration whenever you want to get the kids outside. And remember to tick each activity off when you’ve done them – kids will love being responsible for this!
More outdoor kids activities
If you’d like even more outdoor activities for kids, here are some additional resources to inspire you.
I’ve got lots of posts on nature crafts and fun things for kids to do that are perfect for outdoor play.
- 60 fun garden activities for kids
- Spotting signs of spring
- Outdoor noughts & crosses
- Journey sticks
- Homemade bird feeders
- Fun kids gardening ideas: Growing wildflowers, Growing sunflowers and Miniature gardens
And if you like sharing pictures of your outdoor fun on social media, my post on the best nature hashtags has a section on nature craft and play to help you do just that.
Great books on outdoor activities for kids
Books are another great source of inspiration when it comes to fun outdoor activities for children. Here are a few of my favourite titles to help you add to your outdoor activities list.
You can check out more great books in my post on nature books for kids.
I hope I’ve given you lots of inspiration on fun outdoor activities for kids. Which idea will you be trying first this spring?