It’s time to get your family outdoors with this spring bucket list of 93 fun things to do for each day of spring.
On this list, you will find a range of fun activities that you can do in the spring, from mindful to movement activities and educational to hands-on activities.
This spring bucket list has an array of activities that the whole family can enjoy!
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get outside!
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1. Plant Seedlings
Gardening is one of my favorite things, so naturally, I will start this list off with a gardening activity, planting seedlings.
This is a great activity to start indoors, right before spring. Your child will love watching your seedling evolve from a tiny seed into a tasty vegetable or herb or a beautiful flower.
What’s cool about these peat pots is that when the warm weather arrives, they can be directly transplanted outside, in the pot itself, to ensure stronger plants!
2. Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts are so great, especially to learn about the fun qualities spring brings!
It is a fun activity, but it is also a great learning tool!
I have a FREE spring scavenger hunt that you can print out here after subscribing! It is in English, but it is also in Spanish if you desire to learn a little Spanish this spring!
3. Climb a Tree
Is there a more exciting activity than climbing a tree? I remember my childhood years trying to weave in and out of intricate branches pretending I was a monkey. Or was that just me?
I know allowing your child to climb a tree might seem risky, but did you know that risky play has many benefits?
According to Playground Professionals, risky play has 8 science-backed benefits. Check them out below:
Risky play increases:
- Risk assessment skills
- Emotional regulation
- Problem-solving and creativity
- Physical development
- The ability to deal with failure
- Social-skill development.
That said, get climbing and get risky!
4. Play with loose parts outdoors
Have you heard about loose parts or the benefits of loose parts play? If not, read up on my introduction of loose parts play here.
Then, once you know a little more, take the 21 outdoor loose parts activities and GET OUTSIDE!
5. Make a mosaic heart out with sidewalk chalk
Who doesn’t love sidewalk chalk on a nice, sunny day?
I know I do!
It is just a great activity to calm the soul and practice mindfulness while getting some vitamin D!
6. Play frisbee
Playing an outdoor game of frisbee is a fun gross motor activity that will encourage hand-eye coordination. I always love a good game of frisbee! Especially when you get the whole family involved!
7. Make a sensory bin
If you have a toddler or two, make a fun sensory bin to keep them entertained for a few hours outdoors! There are lots of fun ways to play with sensory bins.
Two springs ago, we did this fun construction zone sensory bin made out of beans with Lennox. He played with it for a week straight during quarantine, outdoors!
Little did we know that he was also partaking in a gardening activity because a few weeks later, we had bean sprouts growing in our yard!
Here are some more fun sensory bins to check out:
- An insect sensory bin
- A garden sensory bin
- A flower soup sensory bin
- A spring flower garden sensory bin
- Beach-themed sensory
- Easter-Egg Sensory Bin
- Life-cycle of a Frog sensory bin
8. Weed your garden beds
Have your littles get involved with outdoor gardening. Show them how to pull the weeds by the root!
It is a fun activity and energy buster with your garden looking the best on the block!
9. Go on a walk and explore new parts of your neighborhood
You never know what you might find. Be it a small creek, a painted rock, or a new park. You never know!
10. Paint rocks
Looking for a sensory activity that will calm the mind? Bring out the acrylic paints and paint some rocks!
Then, when you’re done, go and hide them in the community for someone else to find.
If you didn’t already know it, there are many rock painting and hiding communities on Facebook where people paint intricate rocks and hide them for others to find. After someone finds the rock, they take a picture and post it in the group for the artist to see.
How fun is that?
I promise you it will encourage you to get outdoors and walk!
11. Make and paint your own planter
I am absolutely obsessed with these DIY Monster planters by The Inspiration Edit.
What a great way to recycle and reuse 2-liter soda bottles and turn them into a beautiful home for your flowers or seedlings!
I will most definitely be doing this activity with Lennox as soon as possible!
12. Go on a nature walk
13. Go to a creek or river
Go explore a river or creek near your home! Soak in all of the vitamin D and beauty around you.
14. Skip rocks
While at a creek or river, skip some rocks with the family.
15. Make a rock toss game
You could also create a target and see who can aim and hit the target first or the most.
When we go to the river, we often find a distant sign and make a competitive game out of who can hit the sign the most.
16. Go on a sounds of nature scavenger hunt
While on a nature walk, print out this sounds of nature scavenger hunt.
Use listening skills to spot different sounds that you can hear.
17. Fly a kite or make your own kite!
We love to make kites in our family. So one day, I will allocate time to make a DIY tutorial on how Carlos’ makes these awesome kites that fly super high.
Fun fact: Carlos (my hubby), who is from El Salvador, used to make kites as a child. The children of his community used to get together and “fight” their kites.
What does this mean? They would fly their kites high in the sky and try to interfere with the path of someone else’s flight by getting it tangled up or getting it stuck in a tree. How fun, right?
18. Take a walk in the rain
Who says you should only go outside on nice days? Adventure out in the rain, too! A little rain has never hurt!
19. Jump in some puddles
Extra points for the family member that returns with the dirtiest clothes
20. Make a bird feeder
Making a bird feeder is so easy to do.
Find a pinecone, apply peanut butter to it, then roll in in birdseed Voilá!
To avoid the mess, you could simply purchase a bird feeder. It makes for a super fun activity for the family to bird-watch in the morning!
How much has bird seed gone down today?
Sticking with the topics of birds. Sit outside for a bit and see how many different types of birds you can find!
22. Do an animal washing station
Nothing entertains young kiddos more than some animal figurines and some soap. Of course, they will enjoy this activity even more when they get their animal figurines all dirty and have to give them a much-needed bath.
23. Learn about animals in Spanish
Taking a trip to a farm, or maybe going on a walk in the forest, you can learn a ton of new Spanish vocabulary with the following printables in Spanish for children!
Save the printable activities below for rainy days and then put the vocabulary to use outdoors on nice days!
- Farm animal printables in Spanish
- Insect printables in Spanish
- Forest animal printables in Spanish
- Zoo animal printables in Spanish
24. Visit your local Cherry Blossoms
25. Make a rainbow handprint flower pot
This is the perfect spring activity using paint to create a pot for all of your new flowers about to bloom!
26. Go to a baseball game
27. Visit a local nursery or a botanical garden
If you are a plant lover like me, visit a local nursery and pick out some new indoor or outdoor plants! Then, let your children pick out one too!
28. Aerate your lawn
Spring is the perfect time to aerate your lawn. It is also a toddler favorite! Bring out the aerator and let your child poke holes in the ground so that your grass can grow deeper roots!
29. Mulch your flower garden
Get the kiddos involved to help you mulch your garden! If they love getting dirty, this is the perfect activity.
30. Go on a family picnic
Pack up your favorite sandwich and fruits and enjoy the fresh air for a bit!
31. Have a garden tea party
Sit around your freshly planted and mulched garden with a cup of tea and some treats.
32. Make a fairy house
This is on my list of to-dos still! I plan to make our fairy garden out of popsicle sticks, real sticks, and stones. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, since I am obsessed with fairy gardens, I bought this solar-powered fairy garden off of Amazon to place in between my spring and summer flowers. I love coming home at night and seeing it magically light up the night!
33. Search for four-leaf clovers
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, get the kiddos out and search for their luck through a god old four-leaf clover hunt.
34. Have an outdoor story time some read-aloud spring literature
However, if you are looking for Spring books in English, here is an excellent selection of spring picture books in English.
35. Cut the grass, literally
Hand your toddler a pair of safety scissors and let them cut away at the grass. This will improve their fine-motor skills and they will have so much fun.
Picklebums has a fun post of how she uses their activity at home with her son. Check it out here!
36. Make a leaf imprint
Find a leaf outside and do a leaf imprint art activity with your child.
37. Make an animal or a person out of sticks
38. Stack rocks
Find flat rocks and see how many you can stack. Who will stack the most rocks?
40. Catch some tadpoles and watch them grow
If you find some tadpoles at a nearby river or creek, catch one or two and make them a tadpole habitat. Your child will love watching it grow.
Once it has grown, please place it back into its home in nature.
41. Do a spring STEM experiment OUTDOORS
You could do this Free the Figurine Ice melt activity on a warm day, which is great for toddlers.
Or, you could try this spring baking soda science activity for preschoolers using spring-themed cooking cutters. I can’t wait to try this fizzing experiment by Mombrite with Lennox later this spring!
Here’s another fun STEM activity, try this colored flower experiment by Team Cartwright.
42. Make some Blossom Fairy lights
If you are a fan of fairy lights like myself, try this blossom fairy lights activity by Red Ted Art made out of Egg Cartons!
43. Blow bubbles
Young children will love the giant bubbles that this wand will make. It will also be wayyyy easier for them to use!
44. Jump rope
Have a contest with the family. Who can skip the jump rope the most amount of the times? What fun, quality time together!
45. Go on a family bike ride
Related: The best outdoor toys for toddlers
46. Identify different insects
47. Form letters using sticks or stones
Working on the alphabet? Learn the letters by using stones or sticks to form letters.
48. Make a mud painting
49. Find and identify animal tracts
50. Do a spring craft
There are so many fun spring crafts to do with your child this spring. I’ll leave a list of some of my favorites below:
Set these crafts up on a blanket on a warm day and get crafty outdoors!
51. Rocking Paper Plate Sheep by Red Ted Art
52. Paper Butterfly Card with Pom Poms by Craft Play Learn
53. Paper Plate Rainbow craft by Teaching With Children’s Books
54. Spring Flower Craft by Homeschool Preschool
55. Handprint Bee Craft by Simple Everyday Mom
56. Handprint Caterpillar Craft by The Soccer Mom Blog
57. Cardboard Deer Spring Craft by Barley and Birch
58. A Rainy Cloud Bubble Wrap Craft by Red Ted Art
59. Toilet Roll Stamp Flowers by Taming Little Monsters
60. Make a Cereal Rainbow with Mess for Less
61. Make a flowers kindness craft for a friend by Coffee and Carpool
62. Coffee Filter Flower craft by Look We’re Learning
63. Make a Spring Blossoms Sun Catcher by The Gingerbread House
64. Make Origami Kite Paper Spring Flowers with Niños and Nature
65. Get moving with this Insect Movement Dice
Roll the dice and wiggle and walk your body like one of these creepy-crawling insects. Fun!
66. Go on a nature walk and collect pretty flowers
One of our favorite activities is to go on a walk and collect pretty flowers. We then place them inside of large books to dry them out. Later, we make fun crafts with them! They also make for good memories!
67. Go to a pond and feed the ducks
68. Go visit a faraway park
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get set in my ways and tend to only visit the same parks. So one of my favorite activities to get me out of my comfort zone is to Google new parks and make a trip to them!
69. Go on a walk and identify different types of trees.
O the past year I have become very interested in botany. I want to know what everything is nature is. To help me, I paid for a year subscription on the App, PictureThis. So now, when out on walks, when Lennox and I find something new, we take a picture of it and identify it. It’s so fun!
70. Make a stick raft
Last summer, Lennox and I made stick rafts and took them on our trips to the river. We had fun testing out how much weight our rafts could carry down the stream.
I want to make a tutorial soon on how we made ours, but here is a great stick raft tutorial by Be a Fun Mom for now.
This is a great activity for older kids .
71. Go on a nature shape hunt
Walk around nature and identify the different shapes you can find.
72. Likewise, go on a nature color hunt
Want colors can you find in nature? I bet you can find a lot!
73. Look for lichens, moss & mushrooms
Have a little educational activity and learn about lichens, moss, and mushrooms. Then go on a hunt for them!
74. Go on a family road trip during spring break
Don’t tell Lennox, but we are taking a family road trip for his birthday! Spring road trips are the best. It’s not too hot so you can roll with the window down!
75. Explore antique towns
These Easter eggs are toddler friendly and scrum-diddly-sumptuous! This can become one of your family fun easter traditions!
It’s never too late to learn a new language. Here are some ways you can learn as a family outdoors this spring!
78. Learn about the weather in Spanish with these interactive printables
79. Hand wash your car
With spring cleaning in the air, give your car some loving, too! Get the kids involved. They will love the suds!
80. Get the family involved in a garage sale
Declutter those items you haven’t touched in a couple months. Give them away or sell them to someone who can use it more!
81. Play catch outside.
82. Go on a rainbow hunt after the rain
83. Wake up early and watch the sunrise
84. Plan a neighborhood easter egg hunt.
85. Have a bonfire and roast some S’mores.
86. Set up a tent and camp in your backyard.
I used to do this all the time as a child, and let me tell you, those are some of my best childhood memories. It’s the simple things that matter!
87. Look for a bird’s nest.
If you find one with baby birds, don’t touch it. Instead, simply observe all of the work mama bird put into building a cozy home for her babies.
88. Plant sunflowers
Grow sunflowers in to show support for Ukraine.
89. Dig for worms
90. Make some Tye-Dye Shirts
91. Try a new flavor of ice cream
92. Watch the clouds
Related posts you might enjoy:
- Fall Toddler Bucket List
- Winter Bucket List for Toddlers
- 20 Spring Vocabulary Flashcards in Spanish (Free Printable)
Well, I hope you found something on this list.
We will be spending our entire spring OUTDOORS if you’re looking for us. Hope to see you there!