Re-create warm-weather fun with easy indoor activities
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)
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.
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.
Get excited about spring with bright crafts!