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5 ways to spend an afternoon with the kids this spring

Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger HuntUSFWSmidwest via Flickr

Afternoons in the spring are the perfect time to get everyone outside to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. If you're looking for a few new activities to keep the kids busy, here are five to get you started.

Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt USFWSmidwest via Flickr

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts and treasure hunts are a great way to get everyone outside and running around. Whether you download a printable scavenger hunt for a quick start or plan an elaborate treasure hunt with clues and prizes, everyone will love the chance to get out and hunt.

Plant Flowers
Plant Flowers D Sharon Pruitt via Flickr

Plant Flowers

Starting from seeds is always exciting but if you're looking for instant gratification, head to the home store and pick up a pack of flowers that are ready to plant. You can dig up a spot in the yard or plant in a container. Either way kids will love watering and tending to their flowers all summer long.

Family Picnic
Family Picnic Emran Kassim via Flickr

Family Picnic

A picnic at the park is always exciting. Pack up some sandwiches and fresh fruit for a simple snack or get the kids involved and plan an elaborate meal with finger sandwiches and a formal dessert. Bring extra dessert and make new friends by sharing!

Carnival Day!
Carnival Day! Rain0975 via Flickr

Carnival Day!

Simple games and prizes can turn an ordinary afternoon into an exiting day. Use easy DIY games like a ring toss with water bottles and rings made from pipe cleaners, bean bags and bucket toss, and a tin can alley made with soup cans. When the kids get tired of the games, invite their friends over to play and have them run the show.

Dinosaur Dig
Dinosaur Dig woodleywonderworks via Flickr

Dinosaur Dig

Gather up all the gumball machine trinkets and treat bag toys and prepare an archaeological adventure. Mix up a batch of "rocks" by using one part sand and one part flour and adding water until a dough forms. Pack each item in the dough and let dry until hard. Bury in the yard or sandbox (or just place in the grass if you don't wan the lawn dug up!) and when kids find the rocks they can "excavate" the prizes.