5 fun outdoors things to do with kids today

Spring is finally here. We’ll have a bit of rain here and there but after the winter we’ve had, big deal! Put on your rain coats and puddle boots and have a great time. Here are things you can do outside with your kids this weekend.

  • Seriously – put on your rain coats and puddle boots and stomp in the puddles. Everyone will dry and clothes will wash. You’re never too old for a good puddle stompin’ party. My sister and I were eying each other and a huge puddle at Chili’s this week.
  • Find three “spring” birds. To help you get started, look for grackle, red-winged blackbird, cowbird, American goldfinch, purple finch, phoebe. All About Birds should be helpful.
  • How many different kinds of buds can you find in your yard? How about pussy willows?
  • Put up a bird house. (But not a bird feeder unless you bring it in overnight. Hungry bears love bird feeders.)
  • Put up a bat house. It’s early but they’ll be flying soon. They need all the help they can get because of White Nose Syndrome. I didn’t see a single bat last here last year.

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Robin Follette

About Robin Follette

Maine Press Association award winner, 2013. Robin's Outdoors, Bangor Daily News, third place in Sports blogs. I grew up with a fishing pole in my hand and have always loved the outdoors. From gardening to hunting and fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and foraging, most of my time is spent outdoors. I teach outdoor skills as a volunteer instructor for Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. Pro-staff at The Limb Grip. My personal blog is here. I'm currently working on my first book, a collection of short stories based on my outdoors experiences.