Outdoor activities for the Springtime

Paint your own Twister mat to play outside.

Even though it doesn’t feel like it, Spring is officially here! In the next few weeks as the weather warms up (or so we hope!) you and your family might want to try some of these outdoor activities to chase cabin fever away.

  • Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint – 1/4 cup of cold water and mixed in a 1/4 cup of cornstarch plus a small* amount of food coloring in your color of choice creates a fun sidewalk paint. (*If you add too much food coloring it could stain your sidewalk so keep that in mind!) A cheap sponge craft brush works great for this paint. You can also put the paint in spray bottles to create a splatter effect. (Recipe from The Idea Room.)
  • Outdoor Twister – Make a circle stencil and use spray paint to create your own twister “mat” on the lawn. (Idea from Pinterest.)
  • Homemade Obstacle Course – Get your kids active outside! Using household items you already have like hula hoops, bowls and stakes from other outdoor games (croquet stakes for example) create an obstacle course on the lawn. Obstacle courses are great for developing motor skills, endurance and problem solving skills. (Idea from imaginationsoup.net)
  • Lawn Bowling- Fill empty plastic bottles (preferably the same size/brand) with equal amounts of water and add different shades of food coloring for fun bright bowling pins.
  • Glow in the Dark Bubbles! – This summer during the warm evenings and nights have some fun with your own glow in the dark bubbles. Simply cut into a glow stick and pour into bubble solution for an awesome effect. (Idea from Pinterest.) (NOTE- this activity is not recommended for younger children or toddlers. Glow stick solution should never be ingested.)

Bring on the sunshine! (Just don’t forget the sunblock.)

Amber Bodenhamer, Drexel Library Assistant