22 Fantastic and Creative Ideas for Family Fun in April

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It’s time for some April family fun. April is a great month for family fun and memory-making. Of course, it’s April, so you always need some backup rain plans because you know the saying:

April showers bring May flowers.

So it could be a rainy month of family fun.

This is also typically the month for spring break and Easter as well as spring 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.

April Family Fun Ideas

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April Family Considerations

As you plan for family fun this month, be sure to have a backup plan. April is full of unpredictable weather, including plenty of rain. It’s a great time to purchase a new umbrella or pull out the raincoats because you never know if you’ll need them this month.

All of that potential rain does bring with it a little bit of unique fun and a lot of potential learning, so embrace the season and dive into some rainy fun when you can.

For many families, this is a great month to enjoy some fun during the Easter season so be sure to plan ahead and make it a great holiday!

Finding Ways To Have April Family Fun

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.

Have Fun 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.

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:

Embrace Family Fun in the Rain

5. Play in the Rain  

You can do it, Mom. Go outside in the rain and get wet.

It might be time for a new umbrella for mom (my favorite one) and one for your kids. Erin from Nourishing My Scholar suggested using umbrellas as the Easter basket on her blog! Brilliant!

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!

Playing in the rain for some april family fun.

6. Explore the Water Cycle Together

This is a perfect month to learn more about the water cycle with your kids.

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

Make it a complete unity study by including a few good books on the water cycle:

7.  Study the Remarkable Rain

There are so many wonderful spring homeschool resources available. From the water cycle to the variety of creatures we find in the spring.

I think April is a great month 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!

Have fun with a unit study about rain

Enjoy National Poetry Month in April

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:

Haiku Poems for Kids
Ultimate Guide to Poetry Collections for Kids
Top Ten Poets Your Kids Will Love

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.

Host a springtime poetry teatime for some april family fun.

Looking for a poetry teatime theme?

Shakespeare Inspired Poetry Teatime
Poetry Teatime with Marilyn Singer
Springtime Poetry Teatime from Hide the Chocolate Blog

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!

Celebrate Easter and/or Passover as a Family

11. Have Fun with Easter Eggs

April Family Fun should definitely include fun with Easter eggs. You can decorate or you can dye them. Try a few of these fun activities:

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!

12. 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 sunrise is the perfect start to resurrection day.

13. Take a Video Easter Art Course

We love our chalk pastels and video art courses have made creating with our chalk pastels so easy. This 9-week course for Easter is a great way to spend some family time together this month.

This 9 week chalk pastel course is perfect for family fun at Easter.

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!

14. Read Books About Passover

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd

15. Arts and Crafts to Celebrate Earth Day

– Inspired by Andy Warhol, try this Earth Day Pop Art
– Create Upcycled Flower Art with trash/recycling items
– Make a beautiful Nature Suncatcher Wind Chimes craft after a nature walk to collect items

16. Read Books for Earth Day

What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet (Protect the Planet) by Jess French
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan
We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

Find a list of Earth Day preschool books to choose from and add them to your Earth Day plans.

17. Attend an Earth Day Festival or Celebration

Check local calendars and websites in your area for Earth Day events. You can type into google, “Earth Day Events [Your City]” to find various festivals, activities, and celebrations.

Family Springtime Art in April

18. Create Mixed Media Springtime Art

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.

19. Create Cherry Blossom Art Projects

– This Fingerprint Cherry Blossom Tree is perfect for kids of all ages
– Gather the tissue paper and paint for this Cherry Blossom art project
– This Japanese Cherry Blossom Painting involves straw blowing so everyone will have a ton of fun

Embracing April Family Fun in the Outdoors

20. Go Fly a Kite

It’s a great month to fly a kite outdoors. Look for local kite festivals or check the dates for the National Kite Festival held every spring in DC.

21. Visit Local Gardens

This is a fantastic month to visit a local garden to see the flowers as they begin to bloom. There might even be events for Earth Day or spring so be sure to check the calendar ahead of time!

Family Conversation Starters Perfect For April Fun

22. Have Fun Family Conversations

Have some April Family fun with great conversation this month. I’ve made it easy for you!

Conversation 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

Additional Resources For Family Fun All Year Long

19 Creative Ways to Have Family Fun in January

18 Exciting Ways to Have Fun with your Family in February

21 Creative Ways to Have Fun in March

Connect with your kids this month and try some ideas from this list of activities for april. Links to projects, crafts, and other family fun!


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