Spring is finally here, and if you are a parent, then chances are you are looking for ways to keep your kids entertained through the rainy months. It can be easy to want to turn on the TV for the entirety of a rainstorm simply to keep your kids occupied, but there are many better ways to keep your children mentally engaged, even when the weather is so unpredictable. In this blog post, we will talk about some excellent budget-friendly ideas to keep your kids active and creative this spring.
1. Growing Your Own Plants
When it comes to planting a tiny herb garden or a flower bed, spring is the perfect season to start. Schedule a trip to the garden store for your kids to pick out their own flower or vegetable seeds to plant. Be sure to make a point to have them check on their plants every day, watering and caring for them as needed. You can even have them take a photo of their plant every day to make a photo montage when it is fully grown. Growing a personal plant is sure to become a wholesome yearly tradition, and only costs the tiny amount you spent on the seeds.
The free “Geocache” app for smartphones is an excellent way to make good use of the sunnier days that spring brings. “Geocaches” are small capsules that people leave in certain hiking spots for people to find and sign, like a game of outdoor hide-and-seek. Though some of these may be higher up and made for adults to find, the app makes it easy to filter and locate all of the geocaches close to you that are geared towards children.
3. Rock Hide-and-Seek
If your kids love geocaching, then they will love rock hide-and-seek. Collect some rocks from a local riverbed or pond, and let your kids paint them however they want. If you want to get extra creative, pick up some glow-in-the-dark paint as well. Once they are dried, you can play rock hide-and-seek inside or outdoors, depending on the weather.
4. Creative Video Games
Video games are becoming a popular pastime for children of all ages. While it can be easy to assume that video games are just like television, several engaging video games focus on building and creativity. Minecraft offers kids an entire world of their own to explore and build, offering endless playability for years to come. Certain “seeds” can help determine the Minecraft world that you generate, but they are mostly random. This game is also a cheaper alternative to other age-particular games that your child may grow out of, and can keep their creativity growing for years to come.
5. Using Your Crafting Leftovers
Once your child’s little chunk of video game time is up, you can keep the building motive going with a crafting closet party. Instead of throwing out all your old art supplies, allow your child to make whatever they want out of them. Sculpture-making is a great boredom-buster for rainy days, especially for kids who are bigs fans of Lego or Minecraft.
Clearly, there are tons of ways to keep your kids mentally active this spring. Whether they prefer creativity of the digital variety, or physically exploring the outside world. The world is theirs for the taking, so get out all your crafting supplies and get started!