ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Family and Parenting»
  • Kids»
  • Children's Growth & Development

Memory Making Activities to do With Your Child in Spring

Updated on February 13, 2013
The beach in the Springtime creates  a family bonding experience. Here my daughters are collecting rocks and shells.
The beach in the Springtime creates a family bonding experience. Here my daughters are collecting rocks and shells. | Source

Enjoy These Family Bonding Activities for Springtime


There are many activities that families or parents and children can do together in the Spring which will make lifetime memories. It is important to do them annually or at least when children are old enough to remember the experience.Some of these will be so special to your children that they will want to share these activities with their own children and thus you will be creating a family legacy. Remember to take pictures of your activities to add to children's scrapbooks if you choose to make them.


* Plant a garden - It doesn't matter how large or small the garden is. The simple act of digging in the dirt in the fresh air with your child is an invigorating and bonding experience for the two of you. And when things start to sprout and you can monitor the plants progress together, it is even more fun. Not to mention the joy and proud feelings of eating the results of your labor together.

* Go Fly a Kite - Find a wide open space, bring one kite for each person present, and let 'em rip! Kite flying is a fun and relaxing, and relatively cheap ( except for the cost of the kites) form of family entertainment. It will also give everyone plenty of fresh air and sunshine if the sun is out during the chosen day.

* Go to the Zoo - Take an annual trip to the nearest zoo. Lots of baby animals can be seen at this time. And Springtime at the zoo will be less crowded than the Summer.

* Go to an Annual Memorial Day Parade - Each year try to choose a different parade until your family finds one they like the best, then make it an annual event. Make sure to get to the parade route early to find a good viewing area. Bring plenty of flags for each family member to wave, chairs or blankets to sit on, and snacks and drinks so that everyone can be prepared to hang out in comfort while waiting for the parade to begin. And bring a Frisbee or ball, or some other activity for the children to do while waiting. Celebrating Memorial Day as a family teaches kids about military personnel who have given their lives for our country and gives them a real sense of patriotism.

* Annual Spring Yard Sale - Each year, plan a huge family yard sale. Each family member is responsible to go through their own belongings, weed out what they don't want anymore, and put a price on it. Then choose a day that is supposed to be sunny, and advertise in the paper and on Craigslist. Make sure that the sale is long enough to be worth your while, and not so long that your family is exhausted. A six hour time span usually works best. Anything that is leftover from the sale can be donated to the Salvation Army. A family yard sale teaches children to earn their own money, and to not to collect toys and items that they don't really care about or need. It also helps Moms and Dads keep unnecessary clutter out of the house.

* Go on Family Bike Ride - Try to choose a fun destination that's within biking distance for all family members. Pack a picnic lunch or snack, bring kites or sand toys, etc. to use at your destination point. Biking to a particular place and resting before the journey back will not only provide exercise for all involved, but will make the day more enjoyable.

* Make Home Made Gifts for Mother's Day ( or Father's Day) - purchase plain white or cream colored tshirts and fabric paint. Lay the tshirt out on a piece of newspaper, and put cardboard into the shirt between the 2 layers so the front and back are not touching each other ( the paint would seep through the material and stick the 2 sides together)

Option 1: Have your child step into the paint in their bare feet, and then walk across the tshirt. Put the child's name underneath their footprints and write, "My son/daughter walks all over me."

Option 2: Have your child put their hands into the paint and put hand prints on the shirt. Then at the bottom, you can write, "Hands Down, the Best Mom/Dad around."

Let dry totally before giving as gifts. Turn inside out to wash and the shirts will stay wonderfully colorful for years to come.

* Go on Pond Walk at Dusk - If there's a pond near you, take a walk around it at dusk with your child. A pond at dusk is an amazing nature wonderland. There are bull frogs to hear and see, birds flying around settling down before bed, fish scurrying around at the edge of the water, and if you are fortunate enough to see frogs eggs, they are a wonderful site to behold. If you don't think it is harmful to the eggs, bring a see through glass container, fill it with pond water, scoop some eggs up, and leave them near a window where they can catch the sunlight but not in direct sunlight as the water may get too warm. You and your kids can watch the tadpoles hatch and swim around before bringing them back a day or two after they hatch to the same pond and letting them go. It's a wonderful Science activity that will enthrall your children as they watch the little guys swim around.

* Take Your Kids to the Beach - Going to the beach to explore, but not to swim in Spring is a wonderful activity. Of course this only works if you live in an area where it's too cold to swim in Spring. Even in Spring time, there's plenty to do at the beach in cooler climates. You can hunt for shells, sea glass and pretty rocks, build sand castles, search for creatures in tidal pools, take a walk along the shore, and of course fly a kite. Bring sand toys and pails to build with, or to collect your beach treasures. Don't forget to bring a blanket and a snack to make the trip a bit more of a treat.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      quildon, Fit Minute, Mr. Smith, and Little Grandmommy,

      Thanks to all of you for your comments. It seems like many readers of this hub have grandchildren to do these activities with, and that their children are all grown up. That's fine too. Kids of any age and parents/grandparents of any age will enjoy these activities. Thanks to all of you for your comments. Spring is here...now go out and enjoy the fresh air! :0)

    • Little Grandmommy profile image

      Gail 4 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      Many good ideas here. For me it will be fun activities with my grandchildren! Thumbs up!

    • Mr. Smith profile image

      Mr. Smith 4 years ago from California

      This is fabulous. I'll pass it on to my daughters who are raising their own families now, and I'll practice it with my grandchildren. Well done!

    • Fit Minute profile image

      Minna 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Great ideas! I love to be outdoors with my kids!

    • quildon profile image

      Angela Joseph 4 years ago from Florida

      These are indeed lovely activities, Karen, and they bring back some nice memories, especially the kite-flying. My children are all grown now, but I can do most of these with my grandkids.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Wow Jane A, what a great idea. I have videos from Christmases and birthdays from when my children were young, but that's it. Never thought to add vacations to the collection. And I do wish I had more from that time period. They are all grown up now and I couldn't get them on video if I paid them!

    • JaneA profile image

      JaneA 4 years ago from California

      Great ideas (and a great idea for a hub!). When doing things with my children - especially vacations - I like to interview them on the video. A lot of parents film the kids playing games etc (which is great) but asking them questions a la Micheal Apted's "Seven Up" creates thrilling time capsules...

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      DemiT,

      Thanks for dropping by. When I was little, my mom gave me a scrapbook and I still have mine as well. Not as sophisticated as scrapbooks of today which include pictures, it's still a wonderful reminder of the best times in my childhood.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      Thank you so much for that wonderful comment. Out of all the comments I have ever received about my writing, none has meant more to me than your last statement. That has made my day...no, my whole week. Thanks so much.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      CarNoobz,

      A Bike Cruise for families sounds really great. Too bad more towns don't start something like that. I have never heard of that before.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      tillsontitan,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I used to do home daycare so I was able to stay home with my own children when they were little. The Tshirt idea came from that. The parents loved their gifts! I also did potholders with handprints, the child's name, and date. I still have mine from my 21 year old son and I still love the wonderful memories it brings back!

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      We make memories everyday, but trying to make special memories with our children pays off tenfold. You've made some great suggestions here Karen...I especially like the footprints on the tee shirt! As with all families, our children still talk about the parades we went to and the trips to the zoo and yes, the kite flying, among other things.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • CarNoobz profile image

      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      The family bike ride sounds like a lot of fun. Over here, they have a weekly "Bike Cruise" on Wednesday nights where families are invited to ride over to the next town and back. The kids love it -- even the older kids, cuz it's at night, right?

      But more and more it's just the teens going and not quite as family-friendly for the younger ones. Still...it's great idea!

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      In our empty nest years, my wife and I share a few smiles reminiscing about the good old days when our children were little. We see them in split-framed perspective--as the terrific young adults that they are...and as the engaging toddlers that they once were. And always...always...we're thankful for the wonderful memories. Thank you for this practical family hub that evoked such heartwarming thoughts this morning. I always see God's signature in your writing, Karen.

    • DemiT profile image

      DemiT 4 years ago from Greece

      Karen thank you for reminding me the importance of memories! As a child I used to make lots of scrapbooks and I still love collecting things that remind me of wonderful times. Great hub :)

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      Thanks so much. I am in the years now where my kids are grown and I am so glad I had the chance to make those memories with them so many years ago. We have talked about the activities we did when they were younger and I have kept track in my mind and heart which ones were the most memorable for them, and for me!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the spirit of this hub, Karen! Making memories is so important.