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5 Family-Friendly Springtime Activities

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s a great time to get out and enjoy nature. At My Place, wellness is one of our core principles. Time spent outdoors improves gross motor skills, improves attention spans, increases Vitamin D exposure, and reduces high blood pressure and childhood obesity concerns.

There are many ways you can support your child’s physical health with exercise and fresh air while forming great family memories.

Here are 5 family-friendly springtime activities that you can enjoy.

1) Go birdwatching

Spring is the perfect time to welcome back the neighborhood birds and learn more about their lives. With younger children, you can point out different birds you see together, and for older children you can create a checklist of common birds in your area to look for. You can enhance your child’s experience by helping them make “binoculars” from toilet paper or paper towel rolls, tied together with string.

2) Create an obstacle course

Help your child build their gross motor skills and work towards a goal with a backyard obstacle course. Look for safe yet challenging ways for your child to climb, crawl, balance, and jump. For example, they can crawl through an opened cardboard box, balance by walking along a jump rope laid on the grass, and jump over rows of pool noodles.

3) Go for a walk

Whether it’s a stroll the block after dinner or a family hike in the forest, walking is an easy way to get some fresh air and exercise. You can discuss the world around you and note the spring changes in the neighborhood. You can also incorporate a spring-themed scavenger hunt into your walk, encouraging your child to point out seasonal things such as budding branches, bird feathers, butterflies, and flowers.

4) Play ball games

Playing ball games together is an ideal way to get outdoors and help your child develop gross motor skills such as balance, coordination, and control of their movements. It’s also simply a fun way to spend a spring day as a family. Some examples include rolling a large ball to your toddler, tossing a baseball around with your school-age child, or kicking a soccer ball back and forth. Try inventing your own ball game with unique rules and problems to solve as well.

5) Have a picnic

The warmer weather and longer days of spring are ideal for enjoying a meal outdoors. You need not travel too far, as children will have fun picnicking in their own backyard. Think of kid-friendly food such as mini quesadillas, tea sandwiches, string cheese, and fruit. To help keep your child entertained and active, you can bring along some games and toys such as a jump rope, a ball, or a deck of cards that you can enjoy together.

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