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6 Ideas for Springtime Fun

Raphaël Büchler

Search for Treasure On shamrock-shaped pieces of paper, write clues -- "Turn left at the rocking chair" or "Take five steps past the refrigerator" -- that lead your little leprechaun closer to a pot of gold (aka chocolate coins).

Play in the Sand Make an indoor sandbox by emptying a large box of oatmeal into a plastic dishpan. Toss in spoons, cups, and toy cars. (From Gymboree Play & Music's 365 Activities You and Your Toddler Will Love)

Get Lucky Have your child find a stone in the yard or at the playground that fits perfectly in her hand, then let her paint it. Encourage her to carry the "charm" in her pocket, and tell her that every time she squeezes it, it will get luckier.

Taste the Rainbow Buy several packs of Skittles or Life Savers and ask your child to separate them according to color. Then glue the candies onto posterboard to make a rainbow. (Only for kids over 4)

Be Cheery, Not Dreary Prepare for spring showers; buy cheap, solid-color umbrellas and have your kids decorate the outsides with fabric paint. Let dry for 24 hours before closing or taking them out in the rain.

Eat Dirt Scoop some chocolate pudding into mugs with crushed Oreo cookies or graham crackers. Tell your gardeners to mix them together to make "mud." Then stir in a good helping of gummy worms and "plant" a lollipop flower.

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