50 backyard activities for spring

50 backyard activities for spring {Heather's Handmade Life}
It’s not that my kids weren’t playing outside over the winter — they were. Honest.

It’s just that it was an especially icy, wet, windy winter, rather than a picturesque fairytale winter wonderland. The kids would go play outside and come back, wet and freezing, sooner than I would have liked. How do you force a child to stay outside for fresh air when there’s no snow — just a lot of frozen dead grass and frigid wind?

Admittedly, yes, they played too many video games over the winter. Now it’s time to correct that with lots of vitamin D and mud.

But now, after what feels like six months of false starts, spring weather is actually here! It feels amazing to be able to nudge the kids outside and watch them run around the yard happily. They’ve missed it, too.

We’re still in the rubber-boots-and-jackets phase, but soon enough they’ll be out there in sandals and shorts and T-shirts.

50 backyard activities for spring {Heather's Handmade Life}
Spring of 2013: What a good blogger husband!
I love this time of year, when every sunny day feels like a gift — lifting the spirits of parents everywhere who are tired of everyone being stuck inside …
Continue reading my weekly parenting column, The Mom Scene, for my list of 50 (yes, FIFTY) backyard activities we’re excited to do this spring … 
50 backyard activities for spring {Heather's Handmade Life}
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Kids’ bookcase makeover

Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

While I usually don’t have a problem painting wooden furniture, I did hesitate at the start of this bookcase makeover when Lila’s mom told me it had been hand-built by her grandfather.

Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

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DIY silhouette art

DIY silhouette art {Heather's Handmade Life}

I’m always guffawing at the prices of simple silhouette art in home decor stores. A solid-coloured canvas with a solid-coloured silhouette in the middle — a crown, a dog, a purse, a hamburger (OK I haven’t seen a burger painting but I’d sure like that in my house) — and they’re charging $40. Really???

Today I’m sharing how VERY VERY EASY it is to make your own, and zero artistic ability is required.

You’ll need:

  • Wooden canvas (if you’re using a regular canvas, you’ll want to use this method)
  • Printer paper + access to the almighty Google
  • A ballpoint pen + some hand muscles
  • Acrylic-ish paint (I used my go-to Fusion, but Dollar Store stuff is fine for a project like this)
  • A small craft brushDIY silhouette art {Heather's Handmade Life}

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