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First Day of Spring: 20 Ways to Countdown

The first day of spring is on March 20th — just days away! And, with the unseasonably warm weather we’re having around here, I can almost taste it. Yesterday, I enjoyed the fresh air with our front door propped open. With a snow boot.

I love the contrasts in this time of year. Green grass peeking through snow. Sunglasses on a cool, windy day. Starting seedlings indoors on a gloomy day. That’s why I love the idea of celebrating the start of spring, while the last of winter hangs around.

Here are 20 fun crafts & activities to get ready for spring, even if snowy days are still in your future:

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  • March 1st: Take a walk 1 of 20
    March 1st: Take a walk
    Even if it's still cold in your neck of the woods, bundle up and get out there! Take in the sights of winter before it's gone. Plus, it's fun to count the signs of spring.
  • March 2nd: Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! 2 of 20
    March 2nd: Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!
    Celebrate Dr. Seuss by seeing The Lorax (opens Friday!), reading a few favorite Dr. Seuss books or throwing party with Lorax themed crafts & snacks.
    Read more at Tonya Staab
  • March 3rd: Go to the zoo 3 of 20
    March 3rd: Go to the zoo
    If it's still too cold to brave the zoo in your area, you can create your own! I think my kindergartner will love these paper stand-up animals.
    Read more at First Palette
  • March 4th: Blow bubbles 4 of 20
    March 4th: Blow bubbles
    Even in the dead of winter, you can always blow bubbles! (Hint: they really do freeze.) It's always one of the first activities my girls turn to as the weather warms.
  • March 5th: Make your own sidewalk chalk 5 of 20
    March 5th: Make your own sidewalk chalk
    Well, first, you should stop by and say happy birthday to yours truly! Then, make your own sidewalk chalk and watch what your kids' imaginations will create.
    Photo and tutorial via Oh My Handmade
  • March 6th: Start your garden 6 of 20
    March 6th: Start your garden
    We're still a long way from planting flowers and tending a garden, but it's time to start indoor seedlings for many vegetables such as peppers, onions and tomatoes. Basically, all my favorites!
    Read more at The Garden Helper
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • March 7th: Make a windsock 7 of 20
    March 7th: Make a windsock
    Watch the wind pickup as spring approaches with your own windsock, made from toilet paper rolls. (Then, check out our 20 Amazing Things to Do with Toilet Paper Rolls.)
    Read more at Domestic Goddesque
  • March 8th: Make paper flowers 8 of 20
    March 8th: Make paper flowers
    While you're waiting for real flowers to spring up, make a few of your own out of crêpe paper. I've made tissue paper flowers before, but whoa — who knew there were so many awesome designs?
    Photo and tutorials via Martha Stewart
  • March 9th: Make pretzel buttons 9 of 20
    March 9th: Make pretzel buttons
    Pretzel buttons are most popular around Christmas with red & green M&Ms, but they're tasty all year long! I was planning to try pastel candies for spring, but I love this idea for Shamrocks. Not that they'd last until the 17th...
    Photo and recipe via Once Upon a Dream
  • March 10th: Go geocaching 10 of 20
    March 10th: Go geocaching
    We love geocaching & letterboxing — it's a fun, frugal way to explore your area. Kids just love to be treasure hunters!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • March 11th: Fly a kite 11 of 20
    March 11th: Fly a kite
    Kites are a fun spring tradition. This one is easily made from home using paper, a plastic grocery bag, and bamboo skewers. Yep, I have all that right here!
    Photo and tutorial via Maya Made
  • March 12th: Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts 12 of 20
    March 12th: Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts
    Happy birthday, Juliette Lowe! Celebrate with great recipes featuring leftover Girl Scout cookies — you know, if you can keep yourself from eating the whole box in the first place. (Or, I know a couple girls who would love to sell you some more!)
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • March 13th: Enjoy s’mores with Peeps 13 of 20
    March 13th: Enjoy s'mores with Peeps
    I love s'mores. Love! But who says you have to wait for warmer weather? Check out these tasty indoor s'mores, featuring everybody's favorite marshmallow treats!
    Photo and recipe via Eclectic Recipes
  • March 14th: Create pinwheels 14 of 20
    March 14th: Create pinwheels
    This is the perfect time of year for pinwheels. It's a simple paper project, and the wind will spin the kids' creations all day long.
    Photo and tutorial via Create Studio
  • March 15th: Jump rope 15 of 20
    March 15th: Jump rope
    Skipping rope is a great way to burn off calories, so why not get started while it's still cool enough to keep you from sweating. Do kids still do jump rope chants? If not, I think it might be time to teach them!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • March 16th: Set a leprechaun trap 16 of 20
    March 16th: Set a leprechaun trap
    This is just so cute! You can build a better leprechaun trap on the 16th, and see what you find on St. Patrick's Day!
    Photo and tutorials via Family Fun
  • March 17th: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 17 of 20
    March 17th: Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Green milk, rainbow pancakes, Lucky Charms — how will you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Stay tuned to The New Home Ec all month long for crafts & projects for our favorite Irish holiday.
    Photo and 40 St. Patrick's Day crafts via blog
  • March 18th: Hang wind chimes 18 of 20
    March 18th: Hang wind chimes
    Enjoy the sound of spring with your very own wind chimes. This homemade version is made from terra cotta pots and looks super cute!
    Photo and tutorial via HGTV
  • March 19th: Play with your food 19 of 20
    March 19th: Play with your food
    Create fun spring treats and flower shapes with yummy fruit. It's a perfect taste of things to come as our gardens bloom.
    Photo and recipes via Bakers Royale
  • March 20th: Welcome Spring! 20 of 20
    March 20th: Welcome Spring!
    Welcome spring with a little celebration of your own. A home tea party would be a fun way to make use of the crafts & treats you have made leading up to the big day. Cookies, fruit, tiny sandwiches — I just love a tea party!

Photo Credit: Flickr

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