Now that daylight savings has come and gone, it feels like spring is in the air! In an effort to encourage community and spending quality time with family and friends, I've rounded up 28 spring activities for you to do this year. And be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post where you can download some sheets that have the activities on them. Print them out and start check off your activities as you do them!
Dye Easter Eggs
Go to the store and grab a pack of eggs and turn them into beautiful creations! If you are looking for a quick and easy way to dye them, just pick up a Easter Egg Dye Kit from pretty much any store. If you are looking for something a little more artistic to try, check out this tutorial over on Terrain for Wax Resist Eggs.
Fly a kite
Windy days a usually not hard to come by in the spring time, which makes it the perfect season for kite flying. Grab your kite and head to an open field to enjoy the beautiful spring breeze this year. For extra fun, pick up extra kite string at the store and make your kite sore higher than all the others!
Clean out a closet
After a long winter with the windows shut tight, it is time to throw open the windows and freshen up the house. If you aren't ready to tackle the entire house, pick a closet, drawer, or cabinet and start there. Completing one area at a time won't seem so daunting and is less likely to create an even bigger mess to clean up later.
If you're really feeling adventurous, make giant bubbles out of string or hula hoops and dish soap. Find a tutorial here.
Go roller skating
Lets bring back roller skating and roller blading around town again! It's an under used mode of transportation and it provides as great workout as well. Who's with me!?
Draw with sidewalk chalk
They make so many sidewalk chalk accessories these days that this activity is barely recognizable from the days of old. So head to the store, find a bucket of chalk, and make some beautiful creations all over your driveway. One of my favorites was to have someone trace my body and then make them into different characters. There were a lot of cheerleaders draw on our driveway back in the day.
Don't have a green thumb? Start small with some basil. It's easy to grow and incredibly pleasant to have around when you're cooking. Now is also the perfect time to start planting some flowers in those empty flowers pots you have sitting around!
Go on a picnic
Cheese, crackers, fruit... check, check, check! You're ready to venture outside and enjoy the great outdoors. And if you don't want to go all the way to the park, just pick a meal and dine out on the patio.
Take a hike
There are so many trails where I live and I don't live in a particularly outdoorsy place, so I'm sure you can find a trail somewhere nearby to take a hike. Don't forget to wear your walking shoes!
Go for a bike ride
Hit the trail or ride around the neighborhood. A coworker of mine goes on 100 mile bike rides and I can barely go 10. But that's okay- we can both still enjoy ourselves and enjoy company with others as we ride around.
Play golf (or mini-golf)
Playing an entire round of golf is a big undertaking. But it is the perfect way to enjoy time outdoors and provides quite the challenge. If you aren't a golfer and don't care to give it a try, find a mini-golf course and play a round or two.
Climb a tree
Do kids still do this? They should! It builds strength and costs no money! But supervision may be advised. I once broke an arm by falling out of a tree...
Bake cupcakes for some friends
Does your friend have a birthday coming up? Bake them some cupcakes and drop them by their house. Or maybe just take a single cupcake over to a friend to brighten their day.
Invite friends over for dinner
Spending time with friends over a good meal is a great way to live in community! And lighten your load by asking them to bring a side dish or dessert. You don't have to turn it into a big ordeal. Just cook one of your favorite simple meals. They are sure to enjoy your company just as much as the food!
Visit the farmers market
It's the time of year where the farmers market starts back up. If you don't plant your own garden, find out where your local market is and head down to grab some farm fresh veggies, eggs, and meat this year. Not only are the products delicious, you'll be helping out your local farmers and improving your diet. A win, win, win in my book!
Send a letter in the mail to a friend
Who doesn't like to receive mail that isn't a bill? Take a quick minute to send an encouraging note to a friend. And if you would really like to spruce up your written correspondence, check out my personalized stationery offer in my Etsy shop!
Do an art project or Craft Project
There are a million different art projects out there, pick one and do it! Paint a picture, build something, make a necklace, paint some pottery, build a headboard! What are some of your favorite projects?
Set up a bird feeder
Birds are fun to watch and setting up a feeder will attract them to your window for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to research which feeders work best for the birds in your area. The hummingbird feeders have always been one of my favorites!
Build a fort in the living room
I probably include this on every list because it is so much fun. Adults and children alike enjoy a canopy in the living room! Bring the couch cushions down to the floor, grab all the blankets in your house, and hang them around the living room. Then watch a movie, play a board game or eat dessert and enjoy the new atmosphere.
Go on a scavenger hunt
Make a list of things to find around the yard or the city. Then head out and see how many you can find. Adults can have a more challenging list and split up into teams. Take photos as you find things to keep the cost down! Whoever finds the most items, wins!
If you aren't up for the entire camping adventure, pitch a tent in the backyard and sleep outside for the night. That's still an adventure for the kiddos and parents can still sleep in their cozy beds!
Pick some flowers
Make sure you are allowed to pick the flowers. Once I went around my neighborhood picking everyone's flowers and my mother wasn't exactly thrilled with my resourcefulness when I got home. So if you don't have some in your yard, purchase them at the local flower shop to brighten your home and bring the springtime indoors!
Bake a pie
Who doesn't love pie? Gather some fruit from the grocery store, mix it together, and plop it in some pie dough. It doesn't get much better than that. Then invite a friend over to help you eat it so you don't feel guilty for eating the entire pie yourself!
Play a board game together
I'm not a huge fan of board games, but many people are! So gather a group together and have some fun. A few games that I do enjoy include: Last Word, Taboo, and Pictionary. What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
Go and play at the park
If you don't have a child with you, don't be the creepy person at the park that everyone is suspiciously looking at. Maybe skip the playing on the playground part- but you can still walk around and enjoy the park. Or give your friend a break and offer to take her kids to the park for a bit to wear them down and give her some peace and quite!
P.S. Has anyone read The Rosie Effect? I love it- but his trip to the park doesn't exactly go as planned, which is why I cautioned those without kids ;)
Go for a nature walk
It's easy to go for a walk and still have your mind in another place. Go for an intentional walk and really soak in the world around you. Take a camera or sketch book and capture little bits and pieces of your walk.
Print out photos and put in a photo book
Photo books are going out of style with Facebook and Instagram. But there is still something satisfying about flipping through a book and walking down memory lane. So pick some of your favorite photos and get them printed. Or skip a step and just get the photos already printed in a photo book. There are lots of places online to easily build your book directly on their website and they will print it for you!
Bake a loaf of bread
I've recently started to love baking things. I made bobka, bread, and croissants this winter. There is something very satisfying about forming the dough, waiting for it to rise, baking, and enjoying the fruits of your labors. So grab a recipe and start kneading!
Ready to start working your way through the list? Download one of the printable sheets below to keep track of which ones you have completed. Each file is 8.5" x 11" for easy printing at home. Tag your photos on Instagram with #intentionalspring so we can follow along on your springtime adventures with you!