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Spring Break. The words that make kids (and teachers) smile and maybe even cheer are the same words that can leave parents cringing. A week where all of the usual activities that fill the busy family calendar are put on hold. And if you don’t have a vacation planned because you already took yours (like we have), it can seem like the longest week of the year. At least until summer rolls around.
Hands-On Spring Break Activities
When it comes to the every day care of my kids during those special times of year, I try to make it special too. I’ve learned that keeping them busy with activities we can do together makes what could be just another day for us a bit more special. So when it comes to taking care of the kids, I have been gathering up some fun hands-on Spring Break activities for us to do together.
My kids love to get their hands on things. I’m pretty sure kids of all ages enjoy being creative and getting a little messy. DIY Playdough is one of my favorite ways to let them get hands-on and creative while limiting the mess.
Because let’s be honest, an activity that keeps the kids busy but leaves a huge mess behind for mom isn’t my favorite game plan for Spring Break. Or any time at all.
Sidewalk Chalk Games
The best way to avoid having a mess to clean up while still letting the kids get creative is to break out the sidewalk chalk. Weston loves sidewalk chalk. He loves drawing with it, sorting it by color, and just lining it up in different orders. The great thing about sidewalk chalk is that it’s easy to come up with activities for kids of any age.
I might even enjoy getting creative with sidewalk chalk. Yes, Carrigan humored me long enough to take a few shots of her. They still make me smile when I look at them.
These are the kinds of memories that Spring Break can bring. Those extra hours with the kids can be special.
Paint in Different Ways
If you can’t tell, my kids love to be creative. Even Carrigan loves to get her hands on any art supply that she can when my back is turned. So creative outlets are an easy way to keep them both busy. We do crayons and colored pencils a lot, but I don’t break out the paint as often as I’m sure they would like.
Yes, it has a higher mess potential. But it also has the potential for amazing fun and new experiences. Especially if you let them paint in ways they would never expect! Weston loves painting with toys. Cars, trucks, and trains (anything with wheels) works great. But it’s also fun to use balls or marbles and even blocks to paint! Oh and the bigger the paper, the more excited the kids seem to be!
Make Snack Time an Activity
Even snack time can be fun. Vacation from school means that snacks should be a bit more special than what I put in Weston’s lunch box, right? I obviously think so and his usual snack is a bag of crackers or a yogurt. So it’s not hard to give it bit of pizzazz when we’re at home.
Putting together a pudding snack bar isn’t complicated and you don’t even have to buy too many special ingredients. As long as you have the pudding, you can use things from your pantry or refrigerator to give the kids a choice of toppings! It’s a quick way to turn snack time into a full blown activity!
These little people are my world. Caring for them is one of the most amazing responsibilities I’ve ever had in my life. But caregiving doesn’t have to be a challenge. Instead of facing the special breaks as just another day, I’m going to make the most of it. Even though there will be no preschool, no swim lessons, and no gym classes. Just breathe, mom.
These days are limited and before I know it they will be grown up and want to spend Spring Break hanging out with their friends. Breathe, mom.
How do you plan to spend time with your kids over Spring Break?
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