Spring Stay-in-Place Activities for the Family

| 4/30/2020 11:00:00 AM

In our part of the Midwest the wind from the north has been fiercely blowing since early morning, swaying the evergreens and rattling the windows in our old farmhouse. The calendar says April, but somehow, it feels more like winter.  When the afternoon came around, it finally sounded as if the wind had slowed, but a quick look outside and I knew I was wrong. That fickle north wind had stirred up a dust cloud in a newly plowed field, and as I watched, the cloud whirled, went higher, quickly turned, and then raced out of sight toward the woods.  

 Yes, it’s windy and there’s a lingering chill in the air, but after all, it is an April wind and somehow it hints of spring…of planting, of freshly-turned fields, of cheery daffodils, and the scent of just-mowed grass. Flowers are popping up, puddles are drying, grass is growing…it’s a gentle reminder of springtime.

 However; this spring is like no other…like all of you, we’ve altered our school and work routines and we’re learning how to better care for ourselves and minister to others. While distance learning for our kids fills most of the day, there should also be time for fun, for exploring, for curiosity, and not only for the kids, but for parents, too!

 Last week a friend asked me if I would share some of the things our family has been doing to pass the time. I jotted down a list of what we’re doing now, then added a few ideas of what our kids did when they were younger (they’re both teenagers now.)

And since Spring + Stay-in-Place = Activities for the Family, I hope some of my ideas will give your family something new to enjoy together…play in the dirt, make bubbles, plant a pizza garden!  It doesn’t matter how young or how old we are…there’s still joy in celebrating the simple things.

1. Spring means rains showers…perfect for making rain paintings.

Oh-so easy…paint a picture using watercolors or poster paint (any water-soluble paint will work) then set the picture outside…the raindrops will soon make all sorts of pretty patterns. Leave it outside as long as you’d like, but not so long that the picture washes away!

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