Spring is in the air! For many of us, spring brings the promise of warmer weather, green grass, and fresh freedom from four-wall activities. If you’ve been cooped up all winter and itching to enjoy the sun once again, here are some ideas for outdoor fun—tween girl style!

Color Hunt—Paint the inside of an empty egg carton in a variety of colors, one color for each cup. Then send your daughter on a treasure hunt to find objects in nature that match each cup. For example, a green leaf, purple flower, brown twig, and so on.

Paint Rocks—Find a variety of smooth rocks, about the size of the palm of your hand, and paint them in bright colors. Using a fine-point sharpie, write an encouraging Bible verse on each (dry) painted rock, then hide them in local parks or place them on neighbors’ front steps for others to find and enjoy.

Rainbow Sneakers—Buy a pair of plain white canvas sneakers and cover them in colorful patterns using Sharpies. Then drip a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the canvas and watch the colors swirl together. Allow to dry and voila—a fantastic pair of rainbow shoes for spring!

Kool-Aid Slushies—Mix a Kool-Aid packet (any flavor), 2 cups of cold water, ½ cup of sugar and 4 cups of ice in a blender or smoothie maker. Pour into a cup and slurp with a straw or even a spoon! These treats are perfect to enjoy on a lazy spring Saturday in the back yard.

Sidewalk Foam Paint—Take sidewalk chalk up a notch with this simple DIY recipe for foam paint.* Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two 4 oz. bottles of WASHABLE school glue
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 4-5 cups plain white shaving foam
  • Food coloring drops
  • 1 gallon plastic zipper bag
  • Sandwich-sized plastic zipper bags – 1 per food coloring
  • Scissors
  • Plastic squirt bottles
  1. In a gallon-size plastic zipper bag add 1 cup of flour.
  2. Pour both bottles of washable school glue on top of the flour. Make sure it’s washable for easy clean up!
  3. Spray about 4-5 cups of shaving foam into the bag.
  4. Close the bag and knead it for a few minutes until everything is totally mixed.
  5. Snip one corner of the big bag and squirt into sandwich-sized plastic zipper bags to divide it up per color.
  6. Add 10 drops of one food coloring to each bag.
  7. Knead each smaller bag until the color is completely blended.
  8. Snip off the edge of each bag and squirt the foam into plastic squirt bottles.

Enjoy creating foam artwork on your sidewalk or driveway!

*Source: TheTipToeFairy.com