13 Family Fun Ideas For The Spring

Posted on the 25th April 2019

Looking for inspiration for some family fun this Spring? WellChild Parent Ambassadors have come up with thirteen fun (and mostly free or cheap) activities to help keep all the family entertained, whatever the weather. Indoors or outdoors, there are lots of fun suggestions to cheer up even the rainiest of days.

1 Rock Painting

This lovely craze is sweeping the nation. Children (and adults!) are hooked. Grab some rocks, paint them however you like and hide them anywhere for others to find and brighten their day. There are even local social media sites set up so you can post about your new find or drop hints about where your treasures are hidden. If you can’t find any rocks to paint, try your local garden centre. They usually have a selection to choose from and are relatively cheap.

Top Tip: Before going on a rock hunt, avoid the disappointment of not finding any yourselves by painting a few rocks when the children are asleep and take them with you. Then slyly hide them for the children to find if they can’t find any.

2 Geocaching

Geocaching is the modern version of a treasure hunt where participants use a GPS device (your mobile phone for example) to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The ‘geocacher’ signs the log with their established code name and dates it, in order to prove that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) can also contain items for trading, such as toys or treats, usually of more sentimental worth than financial.

To get started, here is the official Geocaching App.

3 Den Building

Dens (inside or outside) are always a big hit, whatever the weather. Household objects are all you need – chairs, cushions, sheets, pegs, garden canes, washing lines, just use your imagination. It’s up to you what adventures go on in your den.

4 Messy Play

There are so many fun messy things lying around the house, paints, bubbles, water, flour, you can even make your own colourful play dough or bath paints (using shaving foam and food colouring). If the weather is bad and you can’t be messy outside, you can buy tarpaulin fairly cheaply. It will stop your carpets getting mucky and is easy to wipe clean.

Top tip: Help encourage eating by using wet and dry food items such a pasta, rice, dry cereals, custard or jelly (yum yum).

5 Garden Fun

If it’s not raining, here are some fab suggestions of things to do in the garden:

  • “Washing” windows (they are usually more messy afterwards than when you start);
  • Water fights (60ml syringes are amazing for this);
  • Drawing in the garden with giant chalks;
  • “Painting” the fence/walls/patio with water, big paint brushes or your hands;
  • Turning your washing line in to a big den with bedsheets;
  • Smelling the flowers and feeling the leaves on your skin;
  • A Teddy Bears picnic.

If it is raining or muddy, get your waterproofs on.  There is a lot of fun to be had with muddy puddles, squishy mud and worms that have popped out to say hello.

6 Local trips and trails

Local parks and beach fronts are usually very accessible. You could get the train or bus to your next town, grab an ice cream, have a wander and head home.

Treasure Trails have lots of child friendly trails to do across the UK, they are about £5 but can be downloaded and used again and again.

Forestry England regularly has a trail running, at the moment it’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’.

7 DIY Disco

Have a disco. Everyone gets to pick a song. Have a dance and play an instrument (if you haven’t got anything noisy, fill plastic bottles with rice, water or dried pasta to make your own). There are several disco lights Apps available to make your living room sparkle, so turn up the music and have some fun.

8 Theme Days

Theme your whole day around one thing. Sounds tricky at first but it’s actually very simple. You just need to use your imagination.

Mary Poppins Day – fly a kite, have a tea party, feed the birds, draw chalk pictures on tiles, visit a park or merry-go-round and play pin the dickie bow on the penguin.  Finish it off by watching the movie snuggled up with the kids.

Peter Pan Day – build a ship in your lounge, role play and don’t let the crocodile get you. Pretend to fly, find Tinkerbell and make mum walk the plank.

Gruffalo Day – go for a walk in the Deep Dark Wood, Make Gruffalo footprints, find sticks that look like snakes, hoot like an owl, or make a crumble.

9 Story Bags

Similar to theme days but you take your favourite book(s) and make a bag full of interactive things to do with the book. Take the ‘Room on the Broom’ for example you could put a witch, a dog, a cat, a hat, a bow and a wand all in the bag and as these characters and/or items come up in the story you include them. Puppets and puppet shows can also be used to tell the stories.

Top Tip: You can find ready-made story bags to match certain popular story books online on eBay.

10 Visit your local library or art gallery

Local libraries often run free activities in the school holidays from arts and crafts, story time, Lego clubs and music (it’s not all silence you know).  You generally don’t have to be a member of the library to attend and they are often free to join. Children can usually take multiple books (audio books and DVD’s are also available) at a time to enjoy.

11 Cooking

Any Bake Off fans reading this? Don’t worry you don’t need to be an expert and your final product does not need to be a Mary Berry masterpiece. It’s all about the fun of taking part. Looking through cook books, measuring out ingredients, mixing it all up, having a sneaky taste, watching it cook and the best part of all ….. the taste test.

Putting tarpaulin or a sheet on the floor means that measuring and mixing can be done without flour going everywhere.

Top Tip: saucepans and wooden spoons make excellent percussion instruments if you like a little music while you cook

12 Snuggle Up

Sometimes we all just need a chill. So grab the duvet, get your pj’s on, pop on a DVD and get snuggly together.

Top tip: DVD’s can be rented from your local library and children’s DVD’s are only £1.

13 Create a WellChild Wristband

Create a WellChild wristband and your child might just have their unique design worn by some very special guests at this year’s WellChild Awards.

 

We hope these ideas are helpful. If you have any ideas or have discovered a new activity from this list please take a picture and share it via the WellChild Family Tree Facebook Group. If you are yet to join the group and would like to find out more, have a look here.

Thank you to all the WellChild Parent Ambassadors that have contributed to this article.

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