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50 Nostalgic Spring Activities

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Nostalgia Diaries Pop Quiz! The air is getting warmer, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining brighter, flowers are blooming everywhere… What season is it?

It’s Spring!

Since the emergence of Spring brings all kinds of opportunities to channel your inner child, we decided to round up 50 Nostalgic Spring Activities to share with you for Throwback Thursday today.

Because who wouldn’t want to relive those fun, easy-going childhood times filled with picnicking and kite flying and flower picking and puddle jumping and bubble blowing?

We’ve even compiled these 50 Nostalgic Spring Activities into a FREE download (complete with check boxes!) for you to print out and slap up on your fridge. Maybe by the end of Spring you’ll be able to check off all these activities — and if not, well, hey, at least you had fun trying!

So what are you waiting for? Grab the kids or a loved one or a friend — or even just yourself! –and get busy celebrating Spring. We think these are perfect ways to make some memories today that you’ll remember tomorrow.

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1. Go on a picnic
2. Fly a kite
3. Plant seeds
4. Play on a playground
5. Lay in the grass
6. Bird watch
7. Search for four-leaf clovers
8. Splash in puddles
9. Go on a scavenger hunt
10. Build a birdhouse
11. Wear flowers in your hair
12. Twirl in a field
13. Get ice cream
14. Take a bike ride
15. Play hide and seek
16. Climb a tree
17. Blow bubbles
18. Try to catch a butterfly
19. Enjoy a sunrise
20. Watch a sunset
21. Catch raindrops on your tongue
22. Star gaze
23. Look for a rainbow after it rains
24. Go to a park
25. Eat a Popsicle
26. Play hopscotch
27. Take a hike
28. Jump rope
29. Have a tea party
30. Hunt for caterpillars
31. Make a wish on a dandelion
32. Read on a rainy day
33. Go to a drive-in movie
34. Pick wildflowers
35. Play in a fountain
36. Make a pet rock
37. Make shapes out of clouds
38. Play Frisbee
39. Make a bird feeder
40. Draw with sidewalk chalk
41. Make a spring music playlist
42. Build a fairy garden
43. Play leap frog
44. Skip stones
45. Buy a fun umbrella
46. Have a barbecue
47. Play miniature golf
48. Press flowers in a book
49. Take a day trip
50. Make s’mores

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Let us know: What are some of your favorite springtime activities?

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At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.

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Week 14: Make Peace With Where You Are | Everyday Nostalgia

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In a few days, I will have lived in my new place for a year. Some days, it feels like it’s only been a few months. But as I looked at my dusty baseboards the other day, it definitely looked like I’d lived there much longer than a year… a lot longer. So last week, I decided to do some much needed spring cleaning. I started with the bathrooms, scouring the tub and installing a new shower liner. Then I tackled those dusty baseboards, and when those were done, it was window time. 

I started with my daughter Zoey’s windows—I even saw marks from her snow day wishing that I had somehow missed—and moved on to the living room. I pulled up the blinds, and because it was such a beautiful day, the outdoor light quickly filled the space around me.

The bright sunshine forced me to close my eyes, and for some reason, a wave of nostalgia washed over me. But the nostalgia wasn’t for something I’d once had, it was for something I’d once dreamed about. Continue reading “Week 14: Make Peace With Where You Are | Everyday Nostalgia”

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Week 13: You Are Enough | Everyday Nostalgia

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“Mommy, we say the word ‘love’ a lot, don’t we?”

My daughter Zoey is sitting on her bed, swinging her little legs back and forth, watching me as I unpack our suitcase from our trip to visit my parents.

I smile as I start to divide our clothes into two piles. “Yes. You and I, we love a lot of things,” I say.

“Can we talk while you do that?” she asks.

“Sure, what do you want to talk about?”

Zoey’s eyes light up, happy I’m willing to play as I tackle the overflowing suitcase. “Let’s talk about all the things we love.” Continue reading “Week 13: You Are Enough | Everyday Nostalgia”

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National Crayon Day: Color Us Happy!

crayons-nostalgia-diaries“Smelling a crayon takes you right back to childhood, he said. When I need to go back in time, I put it under my nose and take another hit.”
– Randy Pausch

Did you know that today is National Crayon Day? Here at the Nostalgia Diaries, we love fun little holidays like this that evoke memories of our childhood. Who doesn’t remember the smell of a crayon — which is almost better than the crayon itself? Or trying to decide just which color was your favorite? Or the happiness and wonder that a new box of crayons held? Continue reading “National Crayon Day: Color Us Happy!”

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Week 12: Finding Home | Everyday Nostalgia

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My life tends to be a series of the same things: working, cooking, cleaning, hanging out with my daughter, blogging. You know—the usual “eat, sleep, repeat” routine. A friend of mine always jokes that maybe one day, when asked what I’m up to, I’ll finally say something other than, “The usual.” While I do find (or am learning to find) comfort in my everyday routine, it’s always nice to have something to look forward to.

And this week, I did have something wonderful to look forward to: I was going on vacation. And that vacation involved going back to the place I still call home—Toledo, Ohio.
Continue reading “Week 12: Finding Home | Everyday Nostalgia”