April showers bring May flowers.
At least that is what they say, so this could be a rainy month. I am not sure how your forecast looks but I see 6 days of potential rain in the next 15.
This is also typically the month for spring break and Easter. It is also probably the beginning of a season of fairs, festivals, and fun in your local area as the milder temperatures begin to appear.
Take some time this month to have some fun and connect as a family. To make it a bit easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can make some family memories this month.
So let’s have some family fun in April!
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Ideas for Family Fun in April
Before you feel any sort of pressure to attack all of these ideas, let me assure you that I won’t be doing them all.
Instead, I’ve compiled this list for all of us to peruse and then purposefully select the activities that will work best for our family this month. After all, we want to connect with our kids and NOT connect with a “to-do” list.
April Family Fun: Playing with Rainbows
April could be a rainy month so the potential for rainbows is high. Have some fun learning about and creating rainbows with some of these fun ideas.
1. Rainbow Crafts
There are so many rainbow crafts available. I’ll just share a few favorites.
- Rainbow Slime. This one is from Mom Dot and I mentioned it last month, but just in case you missed it, I am including it here again.
- Rainbow Crayon Melted Art. It’s been on my radar to try this for so long. I think it is time.
- Waldorf Window Stars. Make a beautiful rainbow-colored star for your window (or make it any color you like). You’ll need kite paper for this activity.
- Streamer Rainbows. If you need an idea for the younger set of kids, these streamer rainbows are a perfect activity.
2. Eat Rainbow Food
- Rainbow Fruit Skewers. Yummy. Colorful. Healthy.
- Rainbow Bark. I love a good melted chocolate bark and the kids will love tossing in the colors for this one.
- Confetti Cookies. These sprinkle covered sugar cookies are definitely on my list.
3. Rainbow Science Fun
Check out this video of rainbow science ideas from Amanda at Raising DaVinci. Simple, fun with a lot of bang for your buck. I love that so many ideas use items you already have around the house.
Amanda has a fantastic YouTube channel, so if you haven’t subscribed you probably want to go check it out.
4. Read Rainbow Books
Our personal favorite when my kids were younger was “What Makes a Rainbow?” It’s not a science book by any means, but it was a delightful read and my kids loved the ribbons that appeared to form the rainbow as we read.
Here are a few other great options to check out:
April Family Fun: Play in the Rain
5. Play in the Rain
You can do it, Mom. Go outside in the rain and get wet.
Once you have your umbrella it is time to go outside and splash in the puddles with the kids. Follow the water. Where does it drain in your neighborhood? Enjoy some time with the kids in this crazy weather.
If you are feeling really nutty, head out without the gear and just get drenched. Maybe go jump on the trampoline in the rain!
7. Explore the Water Cycle Together
- Watch a video on the water cycle
- Make a water cycle bracelet
- Conduct a science experiment: Make it Rain in the Kitchen or try Filtering Pollution Naturally
- Read a few good books on the water cycle:
Explore the water cycle in more detail with this Puddles and the Water Cycle unit study from Kara Anderson:
“This gentle unit study guide focuses on 4 picture books that work well together to teach kids 6-12 about the water cycle. It includes a fun hands-on experiment, discussion questions, geography, map study, tips for creek study and nature journaling, and even a recipe (which means a little measuring math).
The 16 pages will walk you through a week of fun or more, and it’s perfect as the snow melts, and water starts to flow again.”
7. Study the Remarkable Rain
Don’t stop with the water cycle. Take some time to complete a unit study on the rain.
If your kids seem interested, then check out Cindy’s unit study: Remarkable Rain. This study includes more than 45 creative nature walk ideas, more than 20 hands-on experiments and demonstrations, and even contains art activities!
April Family Fun: National Poetry Month
8. Read Poetry Books Together
Our family included a Simple Poetry Teatime as part of homeschool our routine for years. As a result, I have several of my favorite poetry books handy in our home. One of my absolutely favorite poetry collections is this one compiled by Emma Walton Hamilton and Julie Andrews:
Grab some more of my favorite titles from some of my poetry booklists:
9. Host a Poetry Teatime
Celebrate spring or Easter with a springtime poetry teatime. Gather a bouquet of flowers, your favorite poetry books, tea (or lemonade), and a few delightful treats.
Read poetry together while you enjoy a few good treats. Poetry teatime can be simple so don’t stress about the details.
Looking for a poetry teatime theme?
10. Write Poetry Together
- Write Found (or Black-Out) Poetry
- The I Am Poem is a favorite of mine. I still have the one I wrote when I was in middle school. The opening line is “I am a talkative girl who likes shopping.” Funny how some things never change.
- We always have fun writing limericks!
April Family Fun: Join a Reading Challenge
11. Join the April Reading Challenge
We have been enjoying the Year-Long Reading Challenge for the Whole Family. Each month we can select 1-4 books and aim for reading a few in the assigned categories.
Sometimes we read one or two as a family and other times everyone selects their own. It’s a great way to keep everyone reading!
The April Reading Challenge includes:
a book you own and haven’t read
Learn more by clicking below and grab your free printable mini-poster and bookmarks:
April Family Fun: Celebrate Easter
12. Easter Egg Fun
There are so many ideas to decorate and use Easter eggs. Try a few of these in addition to your day of dyeing eggs.
- Easter Egg Jellyfish from Teach Beside Me. This is simply adorable.
- Make the Eggs Bounce from STEAMsational. Gently roll and bounce these shell-less eggs!
- Easter Egg Owls from Crafty Morning. These are just so cute.
- Egg Parachutes from Snowdrop and Company. This looks a little more complicated but so much fun!
13. Watch the sunrise on Easter Morning
We have yet to actually attempt this one, but I consider it every year. If Easter has religious meaning for your family, then a sunrise is the perfect start to resurrection day.
14. Take a video Easter art course
This course includes 9 art projects:
- Three crosses
- Crown of thorns
- Easter cross
- The stone rolled away
- Easter lily
- Palm branch
- Easter eggs
- The Lord’s Supper bread and cup
- Church stained glass window
So break out the chalk pastels and make some memories while making art!
April Family Fun: Create Springtime Art
15. Enjoy a Mixed Media Springtime Art Course
The Springtime Splendor Mixed Media Art Course from Alicia Gratehouse is one of our favorite Mixed Media art courses. We love the variety of options that are included in each mixed media course from acrylic paint to watercolor to clay.
April Family Fun: Conversation Starters
16. Have fun conversations
Have some April Family fun with great conversation this month. I’ve made it easy for you!
Conversations starters for every month are available in my Year-Round Conversation Starters book. You’ll find 23 fun, silly, and serious questions for every month.
I print these out, run them through my laminator, and ask the kids to help me cut them out. We store them in a jar on our kitchen table so we can grab a few every now and then
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