Spring is around the corner. For some parts of the country they are knee deep in snow with no thawing in sight. Others are swimming in rain wondering if it will ever end. And then there are a few of us who are enjoying the glimpse of sunshine here and there. That is what I want to encourage you to do today. Catch the glimpse of sun, knowing that spring is literally just around the corner.
Fun late winter ideas to keep you going: 1. a trip to the library. But remember don't just grab any book. Get a book on spring, like planting flowers, or a story about a rabbit. There is so much out there. 2. take a walk through the forest. I know for some this will be hard, but try it. Buddle up the fam and head to the local park or hiking path. And don't just look at the trees try to find the little bits of spring that starts to bud at this time of year. 3. plant a plant. There are many fun projects to do that surrounds planting, but I would encourage you to create a family atrium. They are fun! The added benifit is you get to see spring come alive in your own home. 4.paint a picture. A picture can say so much. Plus it can liven up a room bringing spring colors to life. Bring the kids together and have each of them paint a picture of what they want to do or what they are going to see this spring. 5.learn something new. Spring is a time of new beginnings so what better time to learn something new. Maybe it is a new hobby or information about an animal like a bunny. You can go on an adventure to find out about the new something and maybe even find a new friend along the way. 6. create a scavenger hunt. This is probably my favorite, and something I did not do enough of. Creating a scavenger hunt for the family. But with this one, make sure to have them search out the sights of spring. It really isn't that hard; flowers, bright colors, sunny things, or even some of the small animals like turtles, or puppies. Fun note: This is a great activity to do at the mall when it is just really yucky outside. 7. the all mighty fort. This one was so much fun in our house with my kids both young and old. On really rainy days they would gather up blankets and pillows to make a large fort in the middle of the room. You could even add twinkle lights to add the night time stars. 8. visit a friend. This can be so much fun! Catching up with friends from school, work, or family. But there is also some of those friends, maybe a neighbor or extended family, that doesn't get many visitors. Those are the ones I encourage you to go see. Bring a little bit of sunshine in their lives by spending time with them. 9. game night or day. This is a some times over used past time. But it should not be considered over used. Playing games as a family or friends is a great way to bond with people. It also helps us to let go and let loose. Something I don't think we get much of in this day and age. 10. movie night. Not something I really encourage a lot of, but I know it is fun. Take a night and watch a movie or TV show together. This gives you a chance to again bond together and find out what peoples likes and or dislikes are. You can learn a lot about someone with what they watch. Also make sure you have conversation after the show. Ask each other questions or make comments.
All of these activities are an opportunity to spend time together away from the technology world. By putting away our phones, tablets, and or computers we get a chance to talk to each other face to face. To grow a family that is not only rich in items but more importantly rich in relationships.
Last minute Summer FUN!
The end of summer is just around the corner. With long sunny days, and warm muggy nights coming to an end, here are some ideas to spend fun filled time with the family. From hiking to crafting, and fun filled summer nights. I have put together over 20 ideas to share with you. In fact, I hope this inspires you to create your own fun filled summer days
Summer fun ideas
Go for a walk
Make a treasure map and go find the treasure
Run through the sprinkler
Play with side walk chalk
Doodle on a piece of paper
Play a board game
Put a puzzle together as a family
Magazine collage of what you did this summer
Build a blanket fort
Go on a nature walk with a journal or just a friend
Read a book
Build with Legos
Make made ice cream
Play with clay
Make cards for encouragement
Garage sales; whether you have one or going shopping at one.