Get ready to celebrate April Fun Days with your kids! This month is the perfect time of year to enjoy awesome activities with seasonal and fun holiday themes.
Awesome Ways to Enjoy April Fun Days with Kids
April arrives with all the grand splendor of springtime beauty.
Shades of green that lay hidden during the winter are showing off in lawns that require mowing, shrubbery that begs pruning and trees that dance and sway with the return of life. The fragrant beauty of azaleas, dogwoods, wisteria, and Jessamine tickles the nostrils, and may even cause a few pollen-influenced sneezes!
Enjoy the return of springtime with family and all five senses. Take lots of quiet walks, straining to hear the calls of feathered friends and chattering squirrels. Search for blossoms of various colors and aromas, too.
And add some of the zany, but real, holiday celebrations below to create lasting memories with those you love.
National Garden Month – How does your garden grow?
Spend time together playing in the dirt to plant a large garden or just a small one on the back patio with a few tomato or squash plants.
If that’s not do-able for your family, plan to make regular visits to a nearby farmers’ market together to collect some of nature’s early, spring delicacies to take home for new or favorite recipes.
And if a u-pick farm is in your vicinity, take a couple of field trips there as new vegetables come into season.
National Pecan Month – Gather together in the kitchen to make this yummy recipe, Nutty Chewy Cake, to celebrate the day.
- Melt one stick of butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add one box of light brown sugar and stir.
- Remove the pan from the burner and add two slightly-beaten eggs. Stir well.
- Add two cups of self-rising flour a little at a time, stirring well.
- Add one teaspoon of vanilla and one cup of chopped pecans and mix well.
- Pour batter into a lightly greased, 13 X 9-inch pan, and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Let cool and then enjoy dessert on the back porch!
National Submarine Day – Have you ever thought about spending days or weeks or months under the water in a submarine?
Read about fictitious submarines, like the Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine,’ and some history-making ones online, like the Seaview from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, or the USS Triton. Locate an original copy (or an abridged version for younger kids) of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Cover a small table with a king-sized sheet and set sail, sitting under the table, to read the story a few chapters at a time in a pretend submarine.
National Scrabble Day – Collect enough newspapers for each person in the family to have one.
With scissors, cut out the headlines of the front page. Cut each word in the shape of a rectangle and carefully snip each letter apart. Once each family member has cut out individual letters from his or her headlines, begin a game of Scrabble around the dining room table, putting the letters into new words in Scrabble-format. The person who uses the most letters is the winner.
For younger kids, practice naming the letters or attempting to find enough letters to arrange them in alphabetical order, from A to Z. Or use this free printable for some Scrabble Fun with Kids!
Mr. Potato Head Day – Celebrate the anniversary of this creative toy with a creation of your own.
Give each person a medium-sized potato that has one end sliced slightly to form a flat surface. (Cover the end with a piece of foil, as the sliced potato will turn dark in time.) Add arms and legs and facial features to potatoes that are standing on the sliced end to make a personalized potato-head. Use thumb tacks, push pins, or toothpicks to add broccoli arms, asparagus legs, a squash hat, raisin eyes, carrot nose, and red pepper-strip lips.
Or get creative and use other vegetable or candy pieces that you have available for your potato-person. Name your creations and let them decorate the table for a day or so.
Which of these April Fun Days will you celebrate with your kids?